Answered by Quan Yin messenger
(Originally in Chinese)
Q: After initiation, I understand that all my ancestors of the past five generations will be saved and taken to better worlds by Master and that we should no longer perform superficial ceremonies such as bowing and paying respect or having religious chanting gatherings. However, sometimes it is inevitable because of traditional customs. What should I do then?
A: We worship our ancestors and hold religious chanting gatherings for our ancestors in order to show our remembrance and respect for them. It is not that they are still on the nameplates*. In case you must do that for the sake for your family, do it with your heart thinking all the time of the Master or the highest Almighty Power, which is also your God Nature. However, you must be aware that you are doing all these things to comply with the traditional customs. Never think that the soul of the deceased family member is still there on the nameplate. If we understand this clearly and we are not attached, then our spiritual practice will not be affected.
* Nameplate: a wooden plate engraved with names of ancestors for worshipping in an Oriental tradition.