irreverence: n 1. lack of due respect or veneration; disrespect 2. a disrespectful remark or act
What role does reverence play in Buddhist practice?
The Buddha repeatedly discouraged any excessive veneration paid to him personally. He knew that an excess of purely emotional devotion can obstruct or disturb the development of a balanced character, and thus may become a serious obstacle to progress on the path to deliverance. The history of religion has since proved him right, as illustrated by the extravagancies of emotional mysticism in East and West
…It would be a mistake, however, to conclude that the Buddha disparaged a reverential and devotional attitude of mind when it is the natural outflow of a true understanding and a deep admiration of what is great and noble. It would also be a grievous error to believe that the “seeing of the Dhamma” (spoken of in the first saying) is identical with a mere intellectual appreciation and purely conceptual grasp of the doctrine. from Access to Insight
So what do you think? This conversation has already started and I didn’t expect it’s introduction to be so heated. If I offended any readers then I apologize, humbly and deeply, and would appreciate any input and comment on this topic by individuals much more learned and experienced than myself.
The 32 Signs of an Enlightened Fellow without commentary by me (although the gibbon fingers I thought was hilarious)
Some videos of irreverent comedy in a church….