Founder of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Order and Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA) in Taiwan
Buddha claimed that all living beings have the buddha-nature. By admitting that we are buddhas ourselves, we are elevating ourselves to the same status as that of the Buddha, holding the same True-Thusness. Is this not sacred? Is not your reliance on Buddha’s teaching on the Three Dharma Seals, Four Noble Truths, Twelve Links of Dependent Origination, Six Paramitas, the Bodhi Mind, and the Bodhisattva path also sacred? When each of us keeps faith that Humanistic Buddhism will bring harmony, family happiness, a positive mind, and liberation, is this also not sacred? Since Humanistic Buddhism is centered on human beings, the true Buddhist teachings shall carry the aim of finding ultimate happiness by relying on oneself, and the Dharma. Is this not sacred? By reaching out to society and serving the people, are not the great ideals and aspirations of ‘propagating the Dharma to benefit living beings’ and ‘to reach for Buddhahood and at the same deliver living beings’ sacred?. The sounds of the creeks are voices spoken by the Buddha’s broad and long tongue; the mountains are none but manifestations of Buddha’s pure body.’ The Buddha’s Dharma-body has become one with the universe. So where is he not found?” The Buddha is found within faith.
Executive Director of “Paramita” Youth Association of Korea and Vice President of the World Alliance of Buddhists (WAB)
The phase ‘emptying’ comes off as something as simple as pouring water out of a cup. But doing it with your mind, instead of plain water could make it the most difficult task in the world. The expression has a specific visual, but the content itself is psychological, and that could render the actual practice very abstract. Also, we are very self-centered, only used to holding onto something we want or like and not very familiar with letting things go. Consequently, there’s a tendency to perceive ‘emptying one’s mind’ as passive and trivial. One of the most popular sutras in Mahayana tradition is Diamond Sutra. It is a very important Sutra to understand and practice what Middle Path (Madhyamapratipad) is and Seon Buddhism. There is a phrase that goes as below:“A disciple should give rise a mind which is no way dependent upon sights, sounds, smells, tastes, sensory sensations or any mental conception. A disciple should give rise to a mind which does not attach to anything.” – Diamond Sutra: Chapter 10 This is the phrase that I place the most importance in the Sutra and also the part which lay people have the most difficulty understanding.
“Sihapura Sanghapati”, The Chief Sangha Nayake of Singapore, Senior Religious Adviser of Buddha Vihara Society, Singapore
Offering of Kathina robes is done in the period between full moon day of October and the full moon day of November. Many Buddhists do their duties during the retreats of monks in spite of difficulties that they face. Those duties actually are called meritorious deeds or Punnya Kamma in Pali language. The Pali poem that I have quoted from Dhammapada deals with the importance of doing meritorious deeds. It says that the man must do meritorious deeds again and again, not only that he has to do them regularly but he must also have some enthusiasm, the interest or eager to do them because accumulation of merit is able to yield happiness according to the Buddha. Merit in English is the feature that deserves praise but Punya is the good deed that is beneficial to oneself and others and also the deeds that are done in the absence of attachment, anger and illusion. The opposite of Punnya is the Apunya in Pali language. All immoral deeds such as killing, stealing and sexual misconduct are based on three immoral roots namely attachment, anger and illusion. Respectively they are Lobha, Dosa and Moha in Pali. Mind is the prime cause of all verbal physical and mental deeds. Those bad actions produce nothing but sufferings in the hell, animal world, spirit world and the world of demons.
The World’s Famous Scientist, Writer, Peacemaker & Master, Founder of Global Union 2050, Founder of the International Peacekeeping Assembly, President of the International Committee for the Digital Economy BRICS, PhD, Candidate of Legal Sciences, Associate Professor
In the modern period, the world is undergoing fundamental upheavals. The practice of double standards of international law justifies the violation of the sovereignty of states, the change of top leadership. The political map of the world is changing through local conflicts and color revolutions. There is a change in values and behavior patterns. Traditional social institutions and gender roles are being destroyed, the pages of history are being rewritten. Global media are building up the power of confrontation. The focus is on differentiating and dividing social groups. Personal freedom in social space depends on the volume and quality of the information received. Based on the information available, a person chooses a method of action to achieve his goal. The ongoing wars, revolutions, terrorist attacks testify to a high degree of destructiveness of information. For positive socialization, children need to receive a sufficient amount of data to guide them in the changes taking place. Harmonious development in the social space is in direct proportion to the volume and quality of the assimilated culturally significant information and the psychophysical possibilities of its assimilation and application. It is possible to fully assimilate and adequately apply the daily volume of data provided the stable functioning of all psycho-emotional and physical parameters of a person. With the intensification of the volume and speed of incoming information, it is necessary to have a high level of differentiation of positive and negative information for all parameters of the child’s health. Optimal assimilation of information is possible only in the absence of psycho-emotional and physical stress (stress).