What are the benefits of believing in Buddhism?
The reason why religion is important to life is obvious. It is a very important part of human spiritual life, and has incomparable power to inspire and excite life; At the same time, religion can stabilize society, purify people's hearts, make people have confidence and hope for the future, and make people live a more reasonable and noble life.
Generally speaking, religion has a soothing effect on pessimistic people; For those who commit crimes, it has the effect of deterrence and vigilance; For the pure and kind people, we can also encourage and encourage them.
This article will discuss the benefits of believing in Buddhism. First of all, it should be stated that this does not mean that believing in other religions will not benefit. As Dr. Zhang Chengji said in his book "What is the Dharma", "The Dharma never slanders other religions. The Dharma believes that people have different roots, and the methods of teaching cannot be confused." Therefore, "all religions and philosophies have their own values and functions; all religions can edify and benefit a certain kind of sentient beings in a certain time and space."
But among religions, because of the different wisdom and mind of the religious leaders, the different depth of the teaching, the different educational methods and the different spirit, each religion can bring many benefits to the believers, but after all, it is different. Although primary schools and universities are schools, they can teach students the principles of life and work, as well as the skills based on society in the future, but enter primary schools and universities, How can what you learn and what you get be the same?
The following is to illustrate the benefits of believing in Buddhism. Although some people can gain from believing in other religions, Buddhism is superior and more extraordinary after all.
First, Buddhism can make people acquire a correct outlook on life
Buddhism analyzes the problems of the universe and life in detail, with the purpose of enabling people to get a correct understanding of life.
The average person's view of life is nothing more than pessimism and optimism.
Pessimism: people think that life is short, life is empty, and people are waiting for death to live. Therefore, he looks sad and depressed all day.
2. Optimism: This kind of people are not really "living happily", because their life has no purpose and meaning. They just hold the idea of "having fun in time" and use revelry, indulgence and excitement to anesthetize their senses and minds. They don't care about the meaning of life and what the purpose of life is. At the same time, they can't know.
The Buddhist outlook on life, strictly speaking, is neither pessimistic nor optimistic. We can reluctantly call it the "middle view".
What is the "middle view"? It is neither to lament life in tears nor to throw life in vain in a muddleheaded way. It can remove all doubts, frustrations and misunderstandings in life with a wise eye, and correctly understand the truth of life and grasp the direction of life.
Some people suspect that Buddhism is pessimistic, because it advocates "suffering without self", believes that life is full of many troubles, and believes that the world in front of us is temporarily formed by karma, and that nothing is real and eternal.
In fact, Buddhism is just not "taboo about diseases and medicine", and it is not really pessimistic. Don't you think life is full of many troubles? Do you see which is true in this world? Eternal? (Isn't it? Even Confucius has the lament that "time flies like time, and he never gives up day and night".)
Buddhism is not an irresponsible religion. It first requires us to understand that this life is a miserable life, and then further analyze that these troubles are caused by people's own ignorance and greed. Therefore, everyone can overcome these troubles by himself. Finally, it points out the way to happiness in life and hopes that people should control their desires and serve others more. Buddhism believes that if you want to be happy, you must not base your happiness on the pain of others. Only when all sentient beings can be happy can you have real happiness and happiness.
Buddhism believes that fame and wealth are fleeting, and the so-called "life does not bring, death does not take", therefore, people should not be too greedy, too greedy; On the contrary, people should be advised to give alms, cultivate blessings and wisdom, be able to see through, and break away from the shackles of fame and profit. "To be indifferent to one's ambition, and to be peaceful and farsighted", the amount of wealth does not represent whether one's spirit is full or not. Only by cultivating morality and purifying the soul can one enjoy a life of peace of mind.
Secondly, Buddhism can make people work hard
After "negating" everything in life, Buddhism makes people no longer blindly covet and pursue, so that they can actively serve the masses and highly affirm the value and significance of life.
Buddhism says that the human body is empty and false, and its purpose is to persuade people not to "serve me everywhere", but to "serve everyone", because "I" is "empty" and "false", then what is the use of fame and wealth?
Buddhism also believes that all living beings are one, share weal and woe, and the ego lives in the big ego. Therefore, to sacrifice the ego and complete the ego, we should not only be selfish, but also be compassionate and helpful.
Buddhism opposes the manipulation of fate in the hands of others or gods, and believes that what we do should be taken care of by ourselves. Therefore, everyone should work hard and work hard, and must give today for tomorrow! Without hard work, how can there be fruitful harvest?
Buddhism urges people to "be content with less desires", but does not want people to evade responsibility. Buddhist dignitaries should "shoulder the moral responsibility" and should not be self-righteous. The so-called "boundless vows of all living beings" and "I will not go to hell, who will go to hell?" are the best explanation.
Buddhist precepts are not rigid constraints on human behavior, but enthusiastic encouragement; On the negative side, it can stop evil and prevent crime, and on the positive side, it can encourage people to save the world. For example, the true spirit and purpose of "Don't kill" is not to stop killing, but to persuade others to stop killing. A person who aspires to learn the Bodhisattva Way is breaking the precepts by killing his own life. The same is true of other commandments. Not only can you not "steal" or "lie", but you should also persuade others not to steal or lie. In short, as a Buddhist, we should earnestly and tirelessly persuade people to change their ways.
In this way, the selfish mentality of "everyone sweeps the snow in front of the door" will no longer exist. Everyone is eager for justice and warmhearted. "The way of heaven is the way of the world." This is a world full of love and compassion, justice and justice
Third, Buddhism can purify people's minds
We can see the news that some people have committed "murder, theft, prostitution, and fraud" when we open the newspaper every day. Among these sinners, a true Buddhist will not squeeze into the queue.
Because a Buddhist at home should strictly abide by the following five basic precepts:
1. No killing: no killing of animals;
2 Do not steal: do not steal or rob others' property;
3. Don't be lewd: don't flirt with women, don't be a prostitute, and only maintain a proper relationship between men and women;
4. Don't lie: speak truthfully, don't be false, and don't lie;
5. Don't drink: alcohol can disorderly, make people lose their senses, and lead to violation of the above four precepts, so we must abstain. In the Analects of Confucius, there is also the phrase "not trapped by alcohol". However, when alcohol is used as medicine to treat diseases, it can be accommodated temporarily.
Think about it, don't these five precepts coincide with the Confucian principles of benevolence (no killing), righteousness (no stealing), propriety (no immorality), wisdom (no drinking), and faith (no lying)?
In this way, won't this society become a peaceful and peaceful society? Therefore, I say that Buddhism has the function of purifying people's minds.
Fourth, Buddhism can make people really happy
To be truly happy, people need to meet the following requirements:
(1) Be calm and don't worry;
(2) For the immediate suffering, be able to take things as they are and not complain about others;
(3) We can get reasonable answers to various questions about the universe and life:
(4) Have a satisfactory answer to the future (the afterlife or the final destination after death);
(5) Your future, destiny, destination, success or failure, pain and happiness are not in the hands of others.
Buddhism can fully meet these requirements of mankind:
1. Buddhism urges people to be contented and happy, to learn meditation and be optimistic and enterprising. If you do this, you will feel calm and free from worries. (For example, the average person is like a three-year-old child, who is anxious and crying after losing a piece of sugar; while a Buddhist, like a sensible adult, will not worry about it. This is the difference in concept, wisdom and realm.)
2. Buddhism believes that the bad things in front of you are the result of what you have done before, so you should be brave to endure, dare to act responsibly, and don't blame others.
3. All Buddhist classics are not to show the authority and ability of Buddha, but to completely and thoroughly explain the basic problems of the universe and life, which can make people get reasonable answers. So the British philosopher Russell said, "Buddhism is the religion I most approve of in the world." Mr. Sun Yat-sen said, "Buddhism is the mother of philosophy, and the study of Buddhism can supplement the bias of science." Kang Youwei said, "Buddhism is broad and subtle... Although there are sages, it is not easy to handle. Its contents are particularly far-reaching." Zhang Taiyan said, "The theory of Buddhism makes the most intelligent people cannot believe it." Liang Qichao said: "The belief of Buddhism is wisdom, not superstition."
4. The Buddhist scripture says, "Buddha appeared in the world with a major cause." What is this big "cause" (that is, the purpose of coming to the world)? It is to enable all living beings to turn their obsession into enlightenment, free themselves from suffering, and enjoy freedom and happiness forever.
5. Buddhism believes that people are people who stand up to the sky and the earth. There is no god above people who can control our life and death, success or failure, and good or bad. People are their own masters and masters. As long as they work hard, they will have a bright and bright tomorrow. So I said that if you believe in Buddhism, you can get real happiness.
Fifth, Buddha is the most kind teacher of mankind
Sakyamuni was born in the world, and he was honored as the prince. He abandoned fame and wealth. Is he a fool? No, he is really a man of great compassion and wisdom. He "worries about the world first" - for the life, old age, disease and death of human beings can not be relieved, can not eat well, can not eat well, and seeks to become a monk. He is also "happy after the world" - saying that for forty-nine years, he has been miserable, anxious and tireless. He has left many valuable truths and teachings, which are an eternal light in the darkness of life and an unsinkable mercy ship in the turbulent sea. Who, like Buddha, has the compassion to make the vow of "I will not go to hell, who will go to hell", and will never rest until all sentient beings have died?
The Buddha never gets angry or punishes his disciples. In the Buddhist classics, there is absolutely no Buddha who gets angry and punishes humans with floods and plagues.
The Buddha has always been kind and sincere to his disciples. He is really "educated without discrimination" - no matter old, young, poor, rich, expensive or cheap, including all kinds of sentient beings in the universe.
Buddha knows how to teach students according to their aptitude. He can grasp different opportunities and speak the best truth to all beings with different qualifications.
Buddha usually teaches all living beings. When answering disciples' questions, he believes that the following four methods should be adopted:
(1) Some questions must be answered directly.
(2) Some problems must be solved by analysis.
(3) Some other questions should be answered by counter questions.
(4) Finally, there is a kind of problem that needs to be shelved. (That is, we will not give an answer for the time being, because the other party can't understand the truth at present, which will increase his doubts and confusion. If a primary school student asks calculus, he can't even do arithmetic, how can the teacher solve it?)
This way of answering questions is to say according to the opportunity, which means teaching students according to their aptitude.
The Buddha always teaches his disciples with compassion and compassion. He does not believe that there are people who are stupid enough to be educated, and there are people who are vicious enough not to repent.
The Buddha has contributed his wisdom and love in his life, and has told countless great truths in detail and taught countless sentient beings; But he will never pretend to be a "godhead" or "master". He believed that when he came to the world, he just did his duty to carry forward the truth discovered by countless Buddhas in the past and inspire people who knew later.
He is a Buddha himself, and the Buddha is sure that all sentient beings in the universe will reach the same wise and supreme state as himself through their own efforts and training.
Buddha and all living beings are equal, and every living creature is the future Buddha. They are not "master and servant" or "master and slave", but only a temporary "teacher and student" relationship. Because when you are confused, you are all living beings. Once you are enlightened, you are the Buddha with profound insight.
So we don't have to be discouraged, just like the dark room that has been darkened for ten years. Just lighting a lamp can drive out the darkness for ten years and bring light to the room! (Buddhism calls it: "Ten years in the darkroom, one light can shine.")
Readers, quickly light up the lamp in your heart, the light is around you, and happiness is around you.
These principles are what the great Buddha told us. Isn't he the most compassionate teacher?
Sixth, Buddhism can cultivate self-esteem, self-confidence and independent personality
The Buddha called himself a "man without dependence", because no one can replace him from practice to achievement, and everything depends on his own efforts.
Buddhism affirms that everyone is his own master and not the servant of others. He doesn't have to rely on God or Buddha. He can still become a Buddha as long as he works hard. This can inspire our confidence and self-esteem.
Buddhism believes that everyone has the nature of becoming a Buddha. "The heaven and the world are the only place where we are." No one can control and enslave human beings. The success or failure of human beings depends on themselves. And the result of practice and self-fulfillment of the great personality, becoming Buddha, is human's own effort, not God's grace, nor God's salvation. (All sentient beings saved themselves.)
Buddhism recognizes that people live for "themselves" and "all living beings" (in order to make all living beings in the universe live and be happy). At the same time, the results of all efforts are their own efforts, and the glory belongs to human beings; If you fail, it is because you have not worked hard enough, and you should work harder and move towards your goal.
This kind of thought of Buddhism frees people from the shackles of divine power, so that they can be free; It reminds us that human beings should be responsible for their own actions and should not blame heaven or blame others.
People have the right to determine their own destiny and future. People have independent personality (not subordinate to God, but controlled and controlled by God). Only with an independent personality can we talk about self-esteem and self-confidence.
This is the Buddha's great declaration on human freedom, equality and fraternity. This declaration is more than 2400 years earlier than the slogan put forward by the French Revolution, and nearly 2000 years earlier than the "humanism" produced during the European Renaissance.
第一 、 佛教可以使人获得正确的人生观
佛教说人的身体是空的、 假的， 目的在劝人不要“处处为我”，而要“我为人人”，因为“我”既然是“空的”、“假的”，那么功名利禄要来何用？
佛和众生是平等的，每一位众生都是未来的佛，他们之间并不是“主人和仆人”的关系， 也不是“主人和奴隶”的关系， 而只是一种暂时的“师生”关系。因为迷的时候是众生，一旦开悟的时候就是具有真知灼见的佛了。
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