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The Dharma Of Mahayana Buddhism Essay

1072 words - 4 pages

Advanced technology and luxurious items seem bring humans into a “Modern World.” However, it seems these 21st Century technologies and items have brought more dissatisfaction, the duhkha. Death, blood and war, these words appear in the newspaper almost everyday. Despite those external dissatisfactions, internally human kind becomes more selfish and lonely. As a matter of fact, a hypochondria is becoming so popular that one in seven adults is facing it. In our society today, Buddhism, especially Mahayana Buddhism, becomes a cure to the duhkha that we are facing today. The Dharma of Mahayana Buddhism becomes very helpful to resolve many, even all the problems humans are facing today.

Mahayana Buddhism believes in the Path of Bodhisattva, which is path to become Awakened by achieve own-being’s enlightenment and more importantly, to help others to achieve enlightenment. What is the Path of Bodhisattva is too complicated, but the first step in the Path of Bodhisattva is very simple; teach others the dharma and help others. The relevant point to modern world is that people, today, need to understand that by helping others you are helping yourself. In Mahayana Buddhism’s context, by helping others to achieve Awakened you are moving forward on the Path of Bodhisattva and moving toward Awakened. If by helping one person you will get a teaspoon of wheat, and a teaspoon of wheat is useless. However, if you continue helping others, one day you will surprisingly find that you got a barn of wheat. What us, modern humans, need to learn from Mahayana Buddhism is that keep helping others and one day you will get your “repayment.”

Of course, it is impossible to achieve Bodhisattva by just helping others; Mahayana Buddhist will also have to understand the ultimate truth of everything. In the one of the most important sutras, The Perfection of Wisdom Sutras, talked about an important belief in Mahayana Buddhism, which is the real status of things, is emptiness. In context of Mahayana Buddhism, emptiness doesn’t mean that the existence of everything is nothingness. What emptiness really means is that the existence of things are dependently arising from the empty of own beings. “A flower that always needs sunlight, water, soil, nutrients and so on to live. ” What this means is that sunlight and those factors caused a flower to exist, but a flower will eventually dies. Since the flower will eventually die and the factors like water that fed the flower will disappear as well, in the end nothing left. Thus, flowers are emptiness, factors are emptiness, emptiness creates emptiness and in the end there is only emptiness left. There are really two important point here, one is that everything is emptiness and everything will change with “empty of own beings.” Another one is that people has to see through the emptiness and find the suchness of things. An analogy may be help to explain the point. Money always brings up conflicts between people or countries and result...

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