Finland's Kaaos TV conducted an interview with guitarist Corey Beaulieu of Florida metallers TRIVIUM before the band's February 27 concert at The Circus in Helsinki. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH. It's just unfortunate that the people we've given opportunities to play in our band, and everyone's had the same opportunity with giving them the chance to play with us, and pretty much take advantage of the opportunity given to them. His style of drumming really meshes with our guitar playing really well. So we're having a really good time and enjoying all the shows." Corey: "Some bands change their whole lineup, or have had a million membes throughout their career. While the specific forms of ritual and ceremony in Sri Lankan popular Buddhism doubtlessly evolved over the centuries, it seems likely that this devotional approach to the Dhamma has its roots in lay Buddhist practice even during the time of the Buddha himself. Thus in practical life the gap between the "great tradition" of canonical Buddhism and the average person's world of everyday experience is bridged by a complex round of ceremonies, rituals, and devotional practices that are hardly visible within the canonical texts themselves. probably some of the best shows they've heard us play. Yeah, we're just having fun, just getting some shows under our belt. From the first times we rehearsed with him down in Florida, it just kind of clicked right away. The reviews from this [European headlining] tour, everyone's been saying we sound…
So every time we've switched drummers, it's always been with the intent that that was gonna be the guy moving forward, and then, [because of various] circumstances or whatever, they weren't able to fulfill what the obligations needed for the band to operate at the highest level. Hopefully the next person that we find will be that person. We've got this tour left before we're off for a while, so we're just kind of doing this tour and we'll see what happens." Corey:"We don't wait 'till a certain time to start writing.
It is to warn against this that the Buddha has categorized them, under the term silabbata-paramasa, as one of the ten fetters (samyojana) and one of the four types of clinging (upadana).
Correctly observed, as means and not as ends, ritualistic practices can serve to generate wholesome states of mind, while certain other rituals collectively performed can serve as a means of strengthening the social solidarity among those who share the same spiritual ideals.
I also hope that this survey will demonstrate that the expression of Buddhist piety in devotional forms is a necessity if Buddhism is to survive at the popular level as a vital and vibrant force in the daily life of its adherents. Kariyawasam Sri Lanka is generally regarded as the home of the pure Theravada form of Buddhism, which is based on the Pali canon.
Though the study focuses on Buddhism as practiced in Sri Lanka, the same basic round of rituals and ceremonies, with minor variations, can be found in the other countries following Theravada Buddhism, such as Burma and Thailand.