What is Buddhism

Book cover of What is Buddhism

Buddhism is a most profound and wholesome educational path taught by Shakyamuni Buddha to all people.

In his forty-nine years of teaching, Shakyamuni Buddha explains the true nature of life and the universe. "Life" refers to ourselves, and "universe" refers the environment in which we live.

Those who understand these truths are called Buddhas or Bodhisattvas. Those who do not understand are called worldly people.

Cultivation is the process of changing the way we think, speak, and act towards people and towards the universe from an erroneous way to a proper way.

The guidelines for cultivation are awareness, right understanding, and purity. Awareness is the opposite of delusion. Right understanding is the opposite of deviation. Purity is the opposite of pollution. These three qualities can be achieved by practicing the Three Learnings of self-discipline, concentration, and wisdom.

The Three Basic Conditions are the foundation of cultivation and study. When interacting with people, follow the Six Harmonies, and when dealing with society, practice the Six Principles. Follow the Vows of Universal Worthy Bodhisattva and focus your mind on attaining rebirth in the Pure Land. This completes the purpose of the Buddha's Teachings