Buddhist Rituals & Observances

Based on talks given at Cittaviveka by, Ajahn Sucitto and Ajahn Candasiri,
compiled by Dr. Barry Durrant

Ajahn Sucitto

Ajahn Sucitto was born in London in 1949. He entered monastic life in Thailand in 1975 and received Admission into the Sangha there in 1976. He returned to Britain in 1978 and took up training under Ajahn Sumedho at the Hampstead Buddhist Vihara in the lineage of the Thai forest master, Ven. Ajahn Chah.
In 1979 he was one of the small group of monks who established Cittaviveka, Chithurst Buddhist Monastery, in West Sussex. In 1992 he was appointed abbot of Cittaviveka where he remained until October 2014.
Apart from serving the Triple Gem in this way, Ajahn Sucitto has also written several books and presented teachings throughout the world for many years.

Excerpt:

this booklet is to encourage the development of devotional practice.
These include physical and verbal actions that indicate offering and respect: offering candles, incense and flowers; and chanting and bowing. These foster and support the meditative mind.
These ‘external’ practices help to focus the mind and to counteract the tendency to be drawn into self-view and its craving, a tendency that underlies our urge to ‘get somewhere’, or our longing to achieve some state according to a preconceived goal. Instead, we look behind such attitudes. Motivated by the intention to give up our self-view, we cultivate the practice of humility and relinquishment.

Only then can the mind settle into the loving, open awareness that is citta, the ‘heart’.

SubjectPage number
5. Paying Respect 39
6. Making Offerings to the Sangha49
Receiving or Handling Money51
7. Rites of Passage –Births, Marriages and House Blessings59
Requesting Paritta Chanting63
Funeral Ceremonies64
8. Public Festivals -Three Principal Festivals
73
Uposatha Observances 76