Society Benefits from Traditional Practices

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Society Benefits from Traditional Practices

Post by Nicholas » Wed Jul 13, 2016 6:55 pm

While true that Buddhists have not emphasized direct, physical service as much as Christians, Jews and Muslims, Buddhist group practices do have a salutary effect on this Earth realm of horrors.
The entire world is filled with natural disasters and calamities;
it is covered in blackness and there is no light. This is a sign that
the human race is in danger of extinction. The noxious vapors
that come from killing are something we’ve never experienced
before to such an extent. We are familiar with the atom bomb, the
nitrogen bomb, all nuclear weaponry, and now there is the laser,
as well. If any of those weapons are used on a grand scale, the
entire human race will be wiped out. So the only thing we can
do now, is to cultivate according to the Buddha’s teaching and
invisibly dispel these calamities and disasters.

The world is filled with black energy; black karma envelops
us. In any place where there are true cultivators, the disasters
in that place will be lessened. If many people come together to
cultivate, their collective strength can dispel these disasters and
counteract the plunders, and invisibly eradicate this noxious, evil
energy and transform it into harmonious and auspicious energy.
But first, both feet must be firmly planted on the ground, and
then you must realistically cultivate according to the Buddha’s
teaching.

Everyone should bring forth his or her true heart in reciting
the Buddha’s name. For every time you recite the Buddha’s
name, a ray of light shines through empty space. If you recite
very sincerely, then this light fills up the trichiliochosm, so that
the energy of the three-thousand-great-thousand worlds will
be auspicious and harmonious and the atmosphere of violence,
defilement and disaster will be dispelled and transformed.
Master Hua on Amita Buddha recitation
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost. -- Buddha

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Re: Society Benefits from Traditional Practices

Post by Khalil Bodhi » Wed Jul 13, 2016 8:47 pm

Thanks for that. I have always appreciated Master Hua. Here is something from Lama Zopa about Ksitigarbha practice: http://landofmedicinebuddha.org/events/ ... rthquakes/
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
-Dhp. 183

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http://khalilbodhi.wordpress.com

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Re: Society Benefits from Traditional Practices

Post by Nicholas » Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:37 pm

Khalil Bodhi wrote:Thanks for that. I have always appreciated Master Hua. Here is something from Lama Zopa about Ksitigarbha practice: http://landofmedicinebuddha.org/events/ ... rthquakes/

Seems to have worked, or at least delayed, any major Bay Area quakes.
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Re: Society Benefits from Traditional Practices

Post by lobster » Fri Jul 15, 2016 9:21 am

:goodpost:

Good original post. :group:

The effects of personal transformation 'seep' out into the wider community :hello: Seems like everybody wins ... :clapping:

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Re: Society Benefits from Traditional Practices

Post by TexasBuddhist » Fri Jul 15, 2016 8:12 pm

Meditation,incense,prayer wheel, etc.

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Post by SarathW » Fri Jul 15, 2016 10:47 pm

While true that Buddhists have not emphasized direct
If you study closely you can find Buddha actively encourage people to practice for the benefits of the society.
Have you read Singalovada Sutta, Parabhava Sutta, Dasaraja Dharma etc?
Unfortunately many Buddhist tend to ignore these and pay their attention to rituals only.

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Re: Society Benefits from Traditional Practices

Post by Nicholas » Sat Jul 16, 2016 12:43 am

SarathW wrote:
While true that Buddhists have not emphasized direct
If you study closely you can find Buddha actively encourage people to practice for the benefits of the society.
Have you read Singalovada Sutta, Parabhava Sutta, Dasaraja Dharma etc?
Unfortunately many Buddhist tend to ignore these and pay their attention to rituals only.
NIcholas: Buddhists have not emphasized direct, physical service as much as Christians, Jews and Muslims
Over the last 2000 years this statement is correct. Yes, I have read those first two suttas, not the last text.
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Re: Society Benefits from Traditional Practices

Post by SarathW » Sat Jul 16, 2016 1:58 am

If you say Buddhism has not contribute for the benefits of the society, can you be more specific about it.
Say, how other religions done this?

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Post by Nicholas » Sat Jul 16, 2016 2:24 am

SarathW wrote:If you say Buddhism has not contribute for the benefits of the society, can you be more specific about it.
Say, how other religions done this?
Perhaps English is not your first language Sarath, but so far you are not understanding my words AS MUCH AS.

My first post should make clear that Buddhism does benefit society, just not in the physical service areas where Xtians (for example) DO MORE THAN Buddhists. Xtians, Muslims and Jews on the other hand DO LESS THAN Buddhists in uplifting & harmonizing the minds of humans.
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Re: Society Benefits from Traditional Practices

Post by SarathW » Sat Jul 16, 2016 6:21 am

Thank you for the clarification Nicholas.
What made you to think that Buddhist do not do social services as much as say Muslims?
Have you any experience in how Buddhist in countries like Sri Lanka involve with social matters?
I am not disagree with you but I like to know how westerners see Buddhism in practice.
I assumed you are a westerner.
I remember Bikkhu Bodhi made a similar comment. The same time he commented how a foreigner can go to a Sri Lankan hospital and get free treatments. I do not think you can do some think like USA.
In Sri Lanka education is free for any one. I am sure country like US, a student come out of uni with a huge loan.

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Re: Society Benefits from Traditional Practices

Post by Nicholas » Sat Jul 16, 2016 2:42 pm

Glad my last off-topic post here clarified somewhat. That is all I have to offer regarding clarifications.
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