The basic meaning of Buddhist Ritual.
Sadhana in sanskrit – Means of accomplishment of realization method, way, technique, way the, so called Buddha-hood.
Sadha + ana = Sadhana in sanskrit
Sadha which means Technique
Ana which means to accomplish, What? So called, Buddha-hood.
A ritual is a series of means and techniques used to accomplish a spiritual goal.
It is only with the help of rituals that a Dharma practitioner gets to obtain realization.
In order for obtaining the realization it is therefore very important to know and practice the actual means and techniques that are prescribed in a ritual text.
“Understanding of ritual is to understand the whole Tripitaka”
Different techniques are used in different schools of Buddhism;
Theravadian (common vehicle) way of practicing rituals.
Mahayanist (greater vehicle) way of practicing rituals.
Vajrayanist (diamond vehicle) way of practicing rituals.
“Vajrayanist claims that, we can achieve Buddha-hood within one lifetime, it’s because of rituals”
“The knowledge of ritual in Buddhism is all about knowing how to accomplish freedom from samsara”