12 Mar What is Buddhism?
Buddhism is the most profound and wholesome education directed by the Buddha towards all people.
The content in Shakyamuni Buddha’s forty-nine years of teaching describes the true facts of life in the universe. Life refers to oneself, universe refers to our living environment. The Teachings directly relate to our own lives and surroundings.
Those who possess a complete and proper understanding of life and the universe are called Buddha or Bodhisattvas. Those who lack the understanding are called worldly people.
Cultivation is changing the way we think, speak, and act towards people and matters from an erroneous way to a proper way.
The guideline for cultivation is understanding, proper views, and purity. Understanding is without delusion, purity is without pollution. This can be achieved by practicing the Three Learnings of self-discipline, concentration and wisdom.
The three basic conditions are the foundation of cultivation and study. When interacting with people, accord with the six points of reverent harmony in a monastery (as bodily unity in form of worship, oral unity in chanting, mental unity in faith, moral unity in observing the precepts, doctrinal unity in views and explanations and economic unity in community of goods, deeds, studies or charity). When dealing with society, practice the six points of reverent harmony. Follow the lessons taught by Pu-Xian Bodhisattva (Samantabhadra) and dedicate one’s mind to everlasting-purity and brightness. These complete the purpose of the Buddha’s Teachings.
– Conversation with Master Shen-Long