Approaching Enlightenment: A Guidebook for Buddhist Ritual

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Ritual is the area of Buddhist practice that receives the least amount of attention. This book is for both sceptical and enquiring practitioners. Combining research in psychology and cultural studies and the author’s own practice, Bodhidasa draws out the liberatory potential of Buddhist ritual. The Sevenfold Puja or Seven-Limbed practice is the focus of the book, and through it many other ritual activities, symbols and implements are explained. More than a book ‘about’ Buddhist ritual, this is a personal guide to assist the reader move more deeply ‘into’ its practice and benefit from its fruits.

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Coming October 2024

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Ritual is the area of Buddhist practice that receives the least amount of attention. This book is for both sceptical and enquiring practitioners. Combining research in psychology and cultural studies and the author’s own practice, Bodhidasa draws out the liberatory potential of Buddhist ritual. The Sevenfold Puja or Seven-Limbed practice is the focus of the book, and through it many other ritual activities, symbols and implements are explained. More than a book ‘about’ Buddhist ritual, this is a personal guide to assist the reader move more deeply ‘into’ its practice and benefit from its fruits.

Endorsements

'Do devotional practice and ritual have any place in the life of a modern Buddhist? Straight from the heart, and drawing on his own explorations within the Triratna Buddhist Community, Bodhidasa offers an overview of the territory and, above all, the challenge all Buddhists face: to find emotional equivalents for our intellectual understanding.' – Nagabodhi, author of Sangharakshita: The Boy, the Monk, the Man

'Bodhidasa succeeds in writing both for the newcomer to ritual as well as the old hand: responding to the questions we inevitably ask ourselves – but are sometimes afraid to ask aloud – and offering fresh insights in equal measure. With wit, intimate knowledge of the terrain, and a vivid imagination, he makes a compelling case for ritual as a path to Enlightenment.' – Prajnaketu, author of Cyberloka: A Buddhist Guide to Digital Life

'Bodhidasa’s own devotion shows in this always surprising, wonderful book. It will lead anyone who’s curious, sceptical, or passionate about ritual to a better understanding of what it’s really all about – in heart and in mind. This book isn’t just for Buddhists – it’s for anyone who wants to recapture the magic of their childhood, or pull on the golden threads of story and connection that run through any life. Bodhidasa’s wise words give us the courage and strength to choose to practise with our whole selves, and see where that might take us in any moment, when we can sing free of whatever is holding us back. In this book, Enlightenment is right there as a beautiful presence, and it will make you glad.' – Candradasa, author of Buddhism for Teens and founder of Free Buddhist Audio and The Buddhist Centre Online

'Ritual is an essential part of the Buddhist path, helping us engage our emotions with the spiritual ideal and enter a deeper relationship with that ideal. And yet it’s frequently misunderstood, undervalued, or even dismissed. In this book, Bodhidasa offers an accessible and progressive exploration, showing how engagement with Buddhist ritual can benefit not just ourselves but all beings everywhere.' – Vajrashura, teacher in the Triratna Buddhist Community

'Bodhidasa invites us to awaken our imaginations and to see the world as a magician might in this delightfully unpretentious book. He skilfully shows us how, far from being extraneous to the Buddhist path, ritual lies at its heart – because it lies at the heart of human life itself.' – Subhadramati, a member of the ordination team at Tiratanaloka Retreat Centre and author of Not About Being Good

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