A photographic tour of the Tibetan Buddhist faith examines the role of ceremonial rites and provides insight into its philosophies Moving toward positive and away from negative, humans have freedom in movement and can move to liberation from this pattern Rituals reinforce this process of liberation.This book explains many of the rituals and accompanying symbols Very helpful. I ve had this for years and it s not the best Buddhist primer, but it provided a good refresher for some of the murky in my mind terms used in Dharma Bums. Religion is defined appropriately as a system of beliefs and practices that bind our lives in patterns of meaningfulness, especially taking care of the difficulties that threaten the pattern the sense of chaos and the realities of injustice, suffering, death Thus religion is a re binding re ligare , a reinforced holding of human lives into a prescribed and beneficial pattern Theistic religions of the West and East focus around the belief in a Creator God or Power that controls life, Religion is defined appropriately as a system of beliefs and practices that bind our lives in patterns of meaningfulness, especially taking care of the difficulties that threaten the pattern the sense of chaos and the realities of injustice, suffering, death Thus religion is a re binding re ligare , a reinforced holding of human lives into a prescribed and beneficial pattern Theistic religions of the West and East focus around the belief in a Creator God or Power that controls life, is responsible for order, and saves us from suffering and death This belief is usually presented as non rational, even contradictory to reason or common sense, but based on the authority of scripture or tradition Buddhism is religious in a slightly different way than other religions.Buddha rejected the reality of such creator He taught that human reason and practical common sense were a higher authority than any scripture or tradition buddhist salvation is a liberation achieved by a person through direct knowledge of his or her fully reality and the true nature of the world Thus buddhism is a system of education, a process of discovery that leads out of the habitual world of ignorance, unconsciousness, and suffering It is a critique of all belief systems rather than a pattern of beliefs.For many ordinary people in Asia, Buddhism does serve as a religion They believe that there are gods with limited but considerable powers, and that the Buddha and various Bodhisattvas are a type of saviour whose blessing alleviates suffering for the time being, and whose teaching methods can eventually free them from suffering altogether They tend to feel that they will have the opportunity to learn those methods only in their future lives