Being a Buddhist
“The secret of Buddhism is to remove all ideas, all concepts, in order for the truth to have a chance to penetrate, to reveal itself.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh (1926- )
Born and raised in China, it seems very common for me to become a Buddhist. Growing up seeing all the majestic Buddhism temples, august figure of Buddha and merciful Bodhisattvas, it seems that Buddhism is an integral part of me. In my mind, Buddhism is like a pure lotus growing out of the feculent muddy water; without being contaminated at all, it keeps delivering its pleasant, inspiring, compassionate fragrance to the whole world, making the world better and clearer, just like a Bodhisattva. Although people may not become the monks or nuns, we can still become Buddhists, and use the wise teachings of Buddhism to purify our thoughts. In general, one can claim to be a Buddhist if he or she believes in these four truths: “all compound things are impermanent; all emotions are pain; all things have no inherent existence; Nirvana is beyond concepts” . By believing in these four statements claimed by Buddha (Khyentse 6), people can realize the true meaning of life and get rid of sorrow. Trying to understand these four statements, I have seen the wisdom of Buddhism, thus I became a Buddhist. And I think as elementary Buddhist, it is especially important to understand the first two truths thoroughly.
First, “all compound things are impermanent” (Khyentse 6). In other words, everything depends on other things else, and everything is changing all the time- nothing can always stay the same (Khyentse 16). For example, the life is impermanent, because our bodies are changing due to growth and sickness; the world is impermanent, because...
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...ath that “causes strong focusing of consciousness”, which also requires compassion and wisdom of the practitioner (Dalai 193). The combination of two genders can prolong the practitioner’s thoughts, thus he can have a deeper understanding of emptiness (Dalai 195). However, in general there is not a regulation of the practitioner race.
To conclude, it is possible for non-Tibetan to become Tibetan Buddhist; as long as he or she would practice it in the right way, the door of enlightenment is open to him or her. Similarly, by believing in the four main statements: “all compound things are impermanent; all emotions are pain; all things have no inherent existence; Nirvana is beyond concepts” (Khyentse 6), one can become a Buddhist, and that is what makes me a Buddhist. All in all, the secret of Buddhism is so subtle and profound, and it always deserves our further study.
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