The Position of the Chinese Tripitaka in World Buddhism

The main objective of the World Buddhist Fellowship is to link the various schools of Buddhism, coming as they do from all over the world. This communion can be accomplished by harmonious co-operation on the basis of spiritual sharing. As a global community we can then actualize the inspiring ideals of world enlightenment and salvation through the encouragement of our common Buddhist culture. We must first acknowledge that the various schools of thought in Buddhism are indeed facets of the...

The Awakened Mind Clings To Nothing

Does mental defilement pollute and constrain our mind Because of our ignorance, we attach to our ego and possess ions. We are constrained by them. If we are free from attachments, and do not cling to any belongings, then we will be free from suffering. This is the ancient patriarch's teaching in guiding practitioners to the stage of no rebirth. The teaching continues The wise ones observe the three realms of existence. They realize that the Five Skhandas are illusions. When they realize that...

Other Defilements Necessary for Rebirth

How does rebirth occur after our death Normally death refers to the moment when one's breathing and mental activities have stopped, and the body temperature drops. On the other hand, birth refers to the time when the baby is born. However, according to the teachings of the Buddha, our past karma is the main cause of the new life which comes about when the father's sperm cell combines with an egg from the mother. This is referred to as conception the initiation of the birth process. Thus, those...

Act according to the Ten Meritorious Deeds

The difference between ordinary people and a Bodhisattva is that the latter have the determination to seek enlightenment, and perform the deeds of a Bodhisattva. A novice Bodhisattva is one who performs the Ten good acts with a mind to be enlightened. He is called a Bodhisattva of the Ten Meritorious Deeds. The Ten Meritorious Deeds are the ten good acts that counteract the ten evils. They are as follow (1) Not to kill is to love and protect lives. (2) Not to steal is to refrain from illegal...

What is the Significance of Life

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What is the significance of life This is an important question. After birth, a human being rapidly ages, then dies. Between the processes of birth, ageing, being sick and dying, he is busily working, eating, and grooming But what is there to achieve What is the significance of this These questions are a puzzle. As children, we unconsciously follow the social norms, and often live without thinking about these questions. This is common. But for those who have a more sensitive perception of their...