Faith in Buddhism is a great truth in the universe despite many people believing that it is a pursuit meant for the older generation. From taking up faith to being completely enlightened, it is a perfection of awakening which is the state of ‘unsurpassed and supreme enlightenment’ of Buddhahood.
To learn Buddhism is to learn the reality of the universe and life. Upon understanding the workings of the universe, we shall then gain wisdom. Practising Buddhism is not simply about wishing for a life of safety and peace or to be blessed with good health. Its ultimate objective is to gain great wisdom as it is only by the virtue of wisdom that we can be liberated from our vexations and break through our delusions.
Buddhas and Bodhisattvas regard the mundane world as the realm of troubles and vexations. In fact, birth is the beginning of our vexations, from being ill to facing financial limitations and worrying about our children’s education, etc. These are all real-life issues that can haunt us for the rest of our lives.
The objective of Buddhism studies is to allow us to gain wisdom, eradicate our worries and break through our delusions. Buddhist monks and nuns cultivate themselves on withdrawing from all worldly affairs. The practice of Guan Yin Citta, on the other hand, allows us to change our life for the better. Wisdom is humanity’s highest line of thought and the role of Buddhism is to reinstate this innate wisdom and virtue of ours.
Extracted from: Using Ingenious Methods to Help Sentient Beings and Establish Kind Affinities with All – A Collection of Best Discourses by Master Jun Hong Lu (Section four, topic two, The Objective of Buddhism Studies)
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