Essay on Buddhist Culture and Ceremony

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My group and I were fantasied by the Buddhist culture because of its architecture and that is known to be culture that means of changing oneself in order to develop qualities such as wisdom, kindness, peace, as these qualities would led a better life. We can to observe if this is displayed in a Buddhist ceremony and the best way to observe Buddhist culture was by going to one of their ceremonies. We visited a temple called Fo Guang Shah to witness their every Sunday prayer. In this essay, I analyze the power displayed in the ceremony because ideology and ruling class by looking at Athusser’s interpellation and theory of hegemony by Antonia Gramsci. The power demonstrated by Buddhist ceremony shows how people and the environment is …show more content…
He explains how ideology leads to make people behave in ‘obvious way’ and people get preoccupied ideology which makes people’s whereabouts controlled. (Nye 2008, 67) This theory can be connected how Buddhist idolizing Buddha led having restricted. In my view, seeing the Buddhist people change from their western clothes to the robes and have specific gestures throughout the ceremony showed restriction. Since, they had to show value to Buddha and to the monks, so the behaved in a different manner. Athusser also said that interpellation people are trapped in an ideology that tells them they are free. (Nye 2008,67) I believe this shown by the monks because a shaved head meant they are close to Buddha and have reached wisdom, kindness and peace. Therefore, this led to Buddhist people follow the monks’ actions and words throughout the ceremony. Also, only a monk can led a ceremony. I believe the monks shaved head is a way of showing modesty and they feel oblige to stay in that way for years. Also, the values that modesty brings then monks behave in that way to uphold the value of modesty. This automatically, shows that their actions become controlled and they trapped under being a perfect monk and finding ways to be closer to Buddha. The ideology of Buddha led the Buddhist to have controlled whereabouts.

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