Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche – Buddhist Rituals for Westerners

Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche – Buddhist Rituals for Westerners


Buddhist practices, and culture and politics, these are different, right? You have to know, you can’t mix them together. Buddhist Rituals for Westerners So, for Buddhist practices in the West, it’s maybe not necessary to use the Tibetan language
and traditions, singing everything together. That’s not necessary. Each country has its own history and culture, so they should combine their own culture with
the Buddhist practices. Now, here, we’re doing all our practices in
English. Of course there is a Tibetan version but we
do it in English, and the musicians are all Westerners, and the ritual leaders – even if we have 25
Tibetan monks there – we let the Westerners lead the rituals. And some of the prayers and offerings and
mantras, we sing them all in Western melodies. This is needed, and it makes people feel very
good. Just making an exact copy from a Tibetan ritual
to a Western one, I don’t think this is very beneficial.

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