Buddhism is a most virtuous and perfect education directed by the Buddha towards all sentient beings in the universe.This education covers a boundless range of phenomena and principles that is much broader than what is currently studied in modern universities.In regards to time,it encompasses the past, present and future. In regards to space, it encompasses everything from our daily lives to the infinite universe. Buddhism is an education of the wisdom and understanding of life and the universe. It is not a religion. The teachings of Confucius concern one lifetime. The teachings of the Buddha concern infinite lifetimes.
The Six Harmonies tell us how to get along in groups, especially in a sangha, which is a group of four or more people who practice together. As the Six Harmonies are the basic rules for group cultivation, a sangha, whether lay or monastic, needs to strive to follow them.
To interact successfully with others, the Buddha taught us the Six Paramitas. The fourth of the Five Guidelines, the paramitas are the practices of bodhisattvas, awakened beings who are dedicated to helping all other beings. The Six Paramitas are:….
The fifth of the Five Guidelines is the Ten Great Vows of Samantabhadra in the Avatamsaka Sutra. These vows lead to the attainment of Buddhahood and are the practice of the highest-level bodhisattvas who have freed themselves from delusion…….
At some point in our learning and practice, we will likely wish to formally commit ourselves to the Buddhist path. To do this, we take refuge in the Three Jewels of the …