Is it possible to attend church services, yet be a devout Buddhist? My own answer is "Yes", but whether that constitutes a sin to the purists is another thing.
I spent my formative primary years in an Anglo-Chinese boarding school with strong ties to the Protestant church. We would sing hymns at assembly every morning, attend chapel before dinner and go to Sunday School every Sunday morning. I was thrilled to bits when I was chosen as one of two young children to be in the church choir, and felt so proud wearing my red and white choir dress. Christianity is a very consumer-friendly religion and you feel you have direct connections with God through prayer.
Yet growing up back in Thailand, I became aware of the strength of Buddhism despite the fact that it is very much a lonely and personal journey. Your communication line with Buddha is not as straightforward, with Pali being the language of communication. It's probably why people go more for the frills that are linked with Buddhism rather than the essence.
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