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Humanistic Buddhism

'Cultivate and integrate the Buddha's teachings into daily life'

What is Buddhism?

As Buddhists we acknowledge that the Dharma exists in the world, but what exactly is the Dharma as taught by the Buddha?

The word Buddha means “enlightened one,” for he is one who has enlightened himself, enlightens others, and has completed his mission of enlightening others. A Buddha is one who transcends the ignorance of sentient beings.

From the time of the Buddha, the Buddhist teachings are meant to fundamentally address the issues of how we as human beings are to conduct ourselves, how we are to act and think throughout the course of our lives, as well as how we can gain liberation. The Dharma quite naturally serves as a guide to how to live our daily lives. As Buddhism enters the modem era, we as Buddhists must take an active role in the world and be diligent.

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What is Humanistic Buddhism ?

Humanistic Buddhism is part of the Mahayana ‘Great Vehicle’ school of Buddhism;

 

it encourages one to cultivate and integrate the Buddha’s teachings of tolerance, loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity into our daily life for the benefit of all beings. It is to build a harmonious society through helping those in need, radiating those virtues from within ourselves to our family, society, nation, and the world at large.

When we give faith, hope, joy, and services, we are helping all beings as well as ourselves. When we actualize altruism, joyfulness, and universality, we are practicing the fundamental concepts of Humanistic Buddhism. With an emphasis on “not needing to go else to find enlightenment”, we can someplace realize our true nature here and now, within this precious human birth and this world. That is the true practice of Humanistic Buddhism.

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