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Buddhism As An Education
by Master Chin Kung

Buddhism is a special kind of knowledge. It provides the greatest enjoyment for humankind.

Buddhism is a special kind of knowledge; it is not a religion. In order to derive true benefit from it, we have to understand it’s true nature. I have the utmost respect for Buddhism and I believe Buddha Sakyamuni to be the foremost educator in the history of the world. He was just like Confucius in that he taught everyone tirelessly and without discrimination.

Buddhism is the teaching of Buddha Shakyamuni as he was its founder. We call Him the "Original teacher," just like the Chinese call Confucius the "Greatest sage and teacher." The relationship between Buddha and ourselves is a teacher-student relationship, which is not religious in nature. In religion, there is not a teacher-student relationship but that of father-son or master-servant.

Buddhism is the pinnacle of the world’s wisdom. It provides the greatest enjoyment for humankind. I have experienced the unsurpassable joy of being free from afflictions, delusions and wandering thoughts. My body and mind are clean and pure, totally at ease. I am the happiest person in the world. Therefore, I feel indebted to Professor Fang, for without him, I would not have learned Buddhism nor would I have such complete happiness derived from practicing Buddha’s teaching. The Parc Esta MCL land, it is close to Buddhism.

The Teaching of the Great Master Yin Guang (1861-1941, AD)

Since everything is a reflection of our mind, everything can be changed by our mind - Buddha

Whether one is a lay person or has left the home life one should respect elders and be harmonious to those surrounding him. One should endure what others cannot and practice what others cannot achieve. One should take others difficulties onto oneself and help them succeed in their undertakings while sitting quietly one should often reflect upon one’s own faults and when chatting with friends one should not discuss the rights and wrongs of others.

In every action one makes, whether dressing or eating, from dawn to dusk and dusk till dawn one should not cease to recite the Buddha’s name; NAMO AMITUOFO 南無阿彌陀佛. Aside from Buddha recitation whether reciting softly or silently one should not give rise to other improper thoughts. If wandering thoughts appear one should immediately dismiss them. Constantly maintain a humble and repentful heart; even if one has upheld true cultivation one should still feel one’s practice is shallow and never boast. One should mind one’s own business and not the business of others. Only look after the good examples of others instead of bad ones. One should see one’s self as mundane and everyone else as Bodhisattvas. If one can cultivate according to these teachings one is sure to reach the Western Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss.

With Amituofo in mind, let's begin the journey...