Chinese Buddhism Has Always Adopted the Most Advance and Modern Methods of Communication

发布日期:2018-04-19   字体大小:   

Looking back in history, Chinese Buddhism has always adopted the most advance and modern methods of communication. Chinese Buddhism was the first to use paper, and the transcribing of Buddhist canons was so prevalent that paper was becoming scarce; Chinese Buddhism was also the first to adopt movable-type printing. There was also a flourishing of monument inscriptions and building pagodas. From today’s perspective, a pagoda is a monument to commemorate the great achievements and the spiritual attainment of the eminent monks.

Movies, television and the internet are all modern means of communication. We are monks living in a new era and we should make use of these technologies to serve Buddhism and traditional culture. These are the products of society’s advancement and knowledge accumulation and we should use them to enrich our lives as they can offer convenience and contribute to our dharma practice.

Utilizing the internet, the monks can easily study Buddhist scriptures, seek clarifications and offer answers and exchange ideas all via the computer. In the past, there were always difficulties in preserving books in the zang jing ge (Shaolin Scripture Hall) or doing research on Buddhist terminologies. These days, it is very easy to find them on the internet, and this is definitely very convenient towards learning and practicing dharma. (From Shaolin Temple in My Heart)

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