Master Jun Hong Lu’s
Buddhism Propagation Manual
Section 4 Topic 2
The Objective of Buddhism Studies
WHY PRACTISE BUDDHISM?
Master Jun Hong Lu: Many people regard Buddhism as a pursuit meant for the old. The reality is, Buddhism is the ultimate truth of the universe.
From taking up the faith to the day a complete enlightenment is attained, this is what’s called a perfection of awakening – a state of ‘unsurpassed and supreme enlightenment’ of Buddhahood.
To learn Buddhism is to comprehend the truth of the universe and life. Upon understanding the workings of the universe, wisdom is gained.
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 distress and worrying about our children’s education and upbringing, 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 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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