Commemoration Day of Shakyamuni Buddha's Renunciation

From:Voice of Longquan     Author:Voice of Longquan     Time:2018-03-24 08:40:54
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Buddhism is a religion that takes root in faith, aims at liberation, centres on education, and communicates through the culture.

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How to define Buddhism? I have given it a new definition. Buddhism is a religion that takes root in faith, aims at liberation, centres on education, and communicates through the culture. The fundamental element of Buddhism is faith, aiming at liberation. What does it liberate? It is to liberate us from inner afflictions and sufferings, so it is a human-centred religion. It advocates and encourages us to cultivate the ability to be enlightened, and self-enlightened. 

Buddha was born and grew up in this world; he practiced, became enlightened and founded Buddhism in it. Siddhartha Gautama, a prince from ancient India, renounced the secular life and finally achieved enlightenment. Meanwhile, Buddhism has the key function of enlightening and educating, so it centres on education; Buddhism reflects strong cultural characteristics, so it is a religion that communicates through the culture.


Buddhism to people is just like medicine to the sick. The Dharma is the medicine. Buddha is known by the names of the 'Great Lord of Healing' and  'Doctor', and the Dharma he taught, namely his speech and scriptures, is the good medicine for our life. When our body is sick and in pain, we need to see a doctor for medicine; when our mind is laden with sufferings, afflictions, various problems, and negative emotions, we need the Dharma. Likewise, the spiritual pain and confusion that human beings experience, and various tragedies in history have been caused by various kinds of inner ignorance and problems.

Seeing the sufferings of human birth, aging, sickness and death, Prince Siddhartha was determined to leave the home-life and cultivate the Way. That is to say, because of human sufferings and to eradicate the sufferings the Buddha renounced the secular life and took the path of cultivation. His ultimate goal was to liberate us from sufferings.

Editor:Bella Liu
Tags:Buddhism, medicine, mind, Siddhartha Gautama

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