Buddhist Articles

Most Venerable Master Hsing Yun
Founder of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Order and Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA) in Taiwan

Sacredness in Buddhism

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. When you have faith and practice his teachings accordingly, then he will be found in your heart, and in everything that you do. Faith in Humanistic Buddhism shall lead to the purification of body and mind. With an open mind, you shall transcend all differences between the self and others, as well as free yourself from attachment, delusion, and affliction. Additionally, you shall feel the joy of Chan and Dharma. These are all benefits that can be attained through the practice of Humanistic Buddhism.

Zhang Taiyan, one of the prominent Chinese thinkers once said, ‘Those claiming to be intellectuals cannot do without the Buddhist philosophy, because the Buddha’s teachings such as causes and conditions, and karmic retribution are universal rules applicable to all, and therefore important to all.’ Liang Qichao, one of the greatest Chinese scholars also claimed, ‘The Buddhist faith is one of wisdom, not superstition. It emphasizes the greater good over the lesser good, and advocates this-worldly mindset over another-worldly one.’ In addition, Sun Yat-sen also said, ‘Buddhism is world-saving grace, the mother of philosophy; the study of Buddhism amends the biases of science. The Dharma serves as a supplement to the Law, the latter stops crime, while the former prevents them.’ His mother being a devout Buddhist, Mao Zedong mentioned the need to promote the outstanding Buddhist traditions and regard religion as culture, not superstition.