The Passionate Scholarly Discussions on the Topic of “Buddhism and Modernization”

发布日期:2018-03-28   字体大小:   


Some scholars have expressed their criticism regarding Buddhism’s prayer-confession emphasis, incense offering and Buddha worship. The intention of these criticisms is good but they should see beyond the form of worship to the life reality, especially the rural life. While it takes going through a process of improving the lives of the rural Buddhist community, it also takes going through a process of improving the qualities of both the rural Buddhist followers and the rural Buddhist circle. There is common fear amongst the contemporary Buddhist circle of being labeled as having a “feudalistic superstition”. I feel that this concern is hugely unnecessary as each specific circumstance requires specific assessment. Insofar as Buddhism’s existence in this world is concerned, what matters most is the followers’ faith in Buddhism, and to what extent have they received the true benefits of Buddhism.

In reality, passionate scholarly discussions on the topic of “Buddhism and Modernization” hint at the demand for Buddhist beliefs amongst the city populace, and increasingly so amongst the intellectuals. Academia’s “Chan Fever” is a clear proof. As members of the Buddhist community, we should organize ourselves accordingly to actively promote the development and advancement of Buddhism, and cultivate the corresponding manpower and resources. Groups of monks can be organized to assume the responsibility of spreading the Dharma and guiding the transformation of not only to believers in the cities, but also to believers from the intellectual community. Buddhism in Taiwan and Hong Kong is ahead of us, and they have many successful examples that we could learn from. (From Shaolin Temple in My Heart)