BC403 - Buddhist Rituals and Ceremonies

The course is meant to provide the participants with a familiarity of the vast and variegated array of rituals and ceremonies spread all over the Buddhist world. In spite of the popularly held view to the opposite of Buddhism, wherever it has found home, has encouraged colorful rituals and ceremonies throughout ages. In addition to introducing the participants to the various ceremonies in different Buddhist cultures the course will also look at the issues of theoretical nature, namely, the place of ceremonies and rituals in the path to Nirvana, the doctrinal attitude of Buddhism toward such phenomena and the practical significance of rituals and ceremonies in the Buddhist life etc.