To See Buddhism in the Light of Development

发布日期:2017-07-14   字体大小:   

 

Greed, fury, and befuddled attachment are regarded by Buddhism as the three pernicious vices. And Buddhism is really intended for turning the befuddlement in man into enlightenment. It is true that man is improving, that civilization keeps developing, and that the level of intellectuality and morality of all Buddhist followers is rising. As a result, piety towards Buddhism shown by Buddhist followers is enhancing, too, and this can be testified by the fact that the number of Buddhist followers going to Buddhist monasteries across China to burn incense before and kowtow to images of the Buddhas and bodhisattvas has been increasing drastically in recent years. But manifestation of profounder piety towards Gautama Buddha on the part of Buddhist followers can never serve as an accurate indication of the worth of Buddhism, The kernel worth of Buddhism consists in its central tenets including its sila and vinaya. Manifestation of profounder piety towards Gautama Buddha on the part of Buddhist followers can be rated as an indication of secondary or even tertiary importance in accounting for the worth of Buddhism. To rely on an indication of secondary importance for judging the true worth of Buddhism can be as unreliable as judging the true worth of an individual by the apparel he puts on. To make an objective survey of a religion needs to take into consideration the changes it has experienced and the impending changes it is going to experience. (From My Heart My Buddha)