随喜赞叹（评分）：21简要说明 2017.12.31 啟講於 台灣台南極樂寺（節錄自32-258 台南極樂寺餐後開示） / 編號：29-509_EN / 共 14 集 Essentials of Pure Land Buddhism—How to attain Buddhahood during the D..[详细]
Essentials of Pure Land Buddhism—How to make the communities thrive？
（Episode 6） 2018/1/2 No：29-509-0006_en
If people praise one another, the communities will thrive. If people mistrust and suspect one another, the communities have no future. However glorious they may shine is only an illusion. To study the sutras is to sing praises. You must study the sutras. Without studying them you are lost. To study the sutras is to connect with the Buddhas, the Bodhisattvas and the saints. Not to study them is to connect with the mortals. Connecting with mortals brings us problems and a hard life.
By connecting with the Buddhas and the Bodhisattvas, you will live happily. From morning to night and from the first day of the year to the last day of the year you will have no worries. This is the way to attain ultimate freedom from our being.
Essentials of Pure Land Buddhism—What is religion？
（Episode 7） 2018/1/2 No：29-509-0007_en
Europe did experience a peaceful and prosperous age in the past, though it didn’t last very long. What led to that peaceful and prosperous age? Religion. After all, people who believe in religion, the gods or God would think twice before doing anything bad so that they would not go too far. The past century saw great progress in science. Scientists have been telling people that God and religion are unreal. So people gave up religion and no longer believed in it. This resulted in social disorder. How can society return to peace that reigned? Only by reviving religion can society be saved. This is because, unlike the Chinese, they do not have Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism. They rely on religion. This is why we have to discuss this issue in depth. How to revive religion? By bringing it back to education. It is necessary to understand clearly what religion in fact is. What is religion? It is education. Religion preceded civilisation in history. It bred civilisation. Without religion as the basis of civilisation, no civilisation would last longer than three hundred years.
Essentials of Pure Land Buddhism—What is superstition？
（Episode 8） 2018/1/2 No：29-509-0008_en
In the past three thousand years there used to be more than twenty different cultures. Now, there is only one, the Chinese culture. Chinese culture still exists, but the others no longer exist. Why? Because science caused the foundation of religion to collapse. Scientists told people that religion is an illusion, it is unreal. So, religion collapsed. Although some religions survive, yet they are superstitions, their beliefs are unfounded. There are believers who can recite religion texts led by a clergyman in church, just like the Chinese in Buddhist devotional gathering that is ceremonial and ritualistic in nature. So, this is a crisis. What should be done about religion? We support the view that religion is education, not superstition. That is why we must return religion to the basics. We hope that Religion Instructors can clearly and precisely explain the religion classics. This will show that religion is not superstition. If you can only recite the religion text but you do not understand its meaning, then that is superstition. Unfounded belief must revert to founded belief.
Essentials of Pure Land Buddhism—How to accumulate blessings？
（Episode 9） 2018/1/3 No：29-509-0009_en
To accumulate virtue is the first merit in Buddhism. If you follow the instructions correctly, you are accumulating blessings and saving Buddhism. If you pursue personal fame and profits, you will fall into Hell. You will never know the truth until you fall into Hell. This is too torturing and unworthy to try. How to accumulate blessings? No one knows. Everyone knows. Everyone doesn’t know. By reciting “Amitabha”. What is the greatest blessing? Reciting “Amitabha” to attain rebirth in Amitabha’s Pure Land is the greatest blessing. So I say everyone knows and doesn’t know. They know when they learn the truth, but they don’t if no one tells them.
Essentials of Pure Land Buddhism—How to deal with the person who is abusing us, whether it's physically or mentally？
（Episode 10） 2018/1/3 No：29-509-0010_en
It is good to bear some hardship in this mundane world because it eliminates your sins. You shouldn’t think that you are insulted, bullied, cheated, or harmed. Instead, you need to see them as good things because they help eliminate your sins. If you don’t appreciate and make enemies of them, you will never know when your sins can be eliminated. It is blessing when your mind remains pure, but it is sin if your mind is stirred by desires and afflictions. Does your mind generate afflictions, happiness, or the intention to recite “Amitabha” more every day? To stir your mind by these wandering thoughts is all committing sin.
Essentials of Pure Land Buddhism—What is greatest pleasure？
（Episode 11） 2018/1/10 No：29-509-0011_en
I don’t want fame, and I don’t want power. My greatest pleasure in life is what Professor Fang Dongmei taught me “Learning Buddhism is the greatest pleasure in the life”. You understand, don’t you? What is greatest pleasure? The greatest pleasure is to not manage people, money, and things. I did it, so I am very happy. I don’t hate or make enemy with anyone in my life. I only lecture. Depending on my physical condition, I can lecture one hour per day when I am well. If I am not well, I lecture once per week. Mr. Lee had lectured once per week for 38 years in Taichung. You must understand this. The greatest pleasure is to be free and unoccupied.
Essentials of Pure Land Buddhism—How not to fall into hell？
（Episode 12） 2018/1/10 No：29-509-0012_en
We must keep in mind that we shouldn’t learn Buddhism in the wrong ways that lead to Hell. The door to Hell is just next to the one to Buddhism. If you open the wrong door, you will fall into Hell. That is horrifying! Following 5 Precepts and practicing 10 Virtues, you will not fall into Hell. When Pure Land Association was established in the U.S, we proposed 5 subjects, which is to follow precepts
The first clause of Three Blessings of the Pure Land Doctrine: to show filial piety to parents, follow teachers’ instructions, be merciful and avoid killing, and practice 10 Virtues. To respect and follow teachers’ instructions is very important. We must carry out this.
Essentials of Pure Land Buddhism—Views on the rises and falls of a community practicing Buddhism.
（Episode 13） 2018/1/10 No：29-509-0013_en
What causes rise or decline of a community where people practice Buddhism? If people get along with one another, the community will thrive. If people criticise one another, the community will decline. This is true no matter how big the community is. You must observe carefully. People must learn to praise instead of making enemy with others. Finally, we select Ten Great Vows of Samantabhadra. Samantabhadra proposes Ten Great Vows in Avataṃsaka Sūtra, from respecting Buddhas, praising Buddhas, to dedicating merits to all sentient beings. Dedicating merits to all sentient beings helps broaden one’s mind. All sentient beings are past parents and future Buddhas, so we need to see them as Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Everything in this world is false. Nothing is real. We commit guilt when doing false things. We attain rebirth in Pure Land when we do right things.
Essentials of Pure Land Buddhism—How to attain rebirth in Pure Land？
（Episode 14） 2018/1/10 No：29-509-0014_en
Can we attain rebirth in Pure Land? This is a good question. If you cannot attain rebirth after learning Buddhism, you accomplish nothing in this life. Whether you can attain rebirth or not depends on yourself. You can attain rebirth if you have firm belief and vow. If you see it as a joke and don’t learn Buddhism seriously, you cannot attain rebirth in Pure Land. The conditions of attaining rebirth in Pure Land are belief, vow, and practice. The first condition is to believe that Pure Land truly exists. Buddhas and Bodhisattvas never lie. Do not misunderstand them. If you think Buddhas and Bodhisattvas would cheat people, you are totally wrong.
The second condition is taking vow to attain rebirth in Pure Land. The place is fantastic. Why don’t you go? With firm belief and vow, you are qualified to and will definitely attain rebirth in Pure Land.