Saturday, March 23, 2013

Buddhism in Contemporary World

Buddhism in contemporary world
Today, the study of contemporary state of Buddhism crosses over the all continents of the world such as, Asia, Europe, America, Africa and Australia with greatest attention to the influence of Buddhists teachings realistically. The number of around the world is grossly underestimated. The current number of Buddhist is about 1.2 to 1.6 billion that places it nearly equal with each of the two largest religions of Christianity and Islam. Even with the conservative estimate, it is still much higher than the 300 to 500 million still being placed in many references. The 6% of world population is Buddhist.
It is important to know the true number to provide an accurate history and to know that we are not “ alone” in our thinking and our practice. What we really strive for is not more Buddhists, but more “Buddha’s” (enlightened ones) so that we can have true peace inside and for the world.
Buddhism appeals very much to the modern world because it is reasonable and scientifically based. Buddha said, “ Do not believe in anything that I say just out of respect for me, but test it for yourself, analyze it, as if you were buying gold,” Modern day people like such a non- dogmatic approach.
From this study I can know what may people in eastern Europe are in a very sad situation. The Buddhist teaching appeal to them greatly because many find their lives empty. Whether they work hard at their jobs or not seems to make no difference. They see no results. Buddhism, in contrast, teaches them methods for working on themselves, which do bring results that make a difference that makes a difference in the qualities of their lives. This make people unbelievably appreciative and enthusiastic to throw themselves fully into practices such as making thousands of prostrations. In this way, Buddhism adapts itself to the culture and the mentality of the people in each society, while preserving the major teaching of Buddha. The principal teaching are not changed the aim is to overcome our problems and limitations and to realize our potentials. Whether practitioners do this with more emphasis on the psychological, intellectual, scientific, or devotional approach depends on the culture. This is all Buddhism regard to contemporary world.

The benefit of this study from the things we have learned so far.
The study of contemporary world, taught me number of things about Buddhism from different corner of the world. The teacher has been explained us very clearly about the subject to make us understand about the situation of Buddhism in our time. I have been learning that, Buddhism is adapting emphasizing a rational scientific approach to its teaching. Buddhism gives a clear explanation of how life’s experience come about and how to deal with them in the best manner possible. Then it says do not accept anything on blind faith, think for yourself, test it out and see if it actually does make sense. This resemble science asking us to verify the results of an experiment by repeating it ourselves, and only then to accept the results as fact. Modern people do not like buying something without examining it, they would not buy a car without testing it. Likewise, they will not turn to another religion or philosophy of life without checking it first to see if it really makes sense. This is what make Buddhism so appealing to many people of the twentieth century. Buddhism is open to scientific investigation and invites people to examine it in that way. There are many dialogues between scientists and Buddhist leaders which I have realized during the class, such as K Sri Dhammananda and His Holiness Dalai lama. Together with scientists discussing and investigating what is reality. Buddha said that all problems come from not understanding reality, from beginning confused in this regard. If we wear aware of whom we are and how the world and we exist, we would not create problems out of our confusion. Buddhism has an extremely open attitude in examining what is true. For example, His Holiness Dalai lama said that if scientists can prove that something Buddha or his followers taught is incorrect or just superstition, he would be happy and willing to drop it from Buddhism. Such an approach is very attractive to humanity in our planet. In addition, I have learned huge number of Buddhists traditional activates from different countries. Therefore, this subject is very much beneficial for me to know the world situation about Buddhism.

How do you develop Buddhism in your country ?
Now it has been very clear about how and what kind of method we do use to develop Buddhism in my country from during the long-term class regard to Buddhism. Buddha taught such a variety of methods, simply because people so much. Not everyone thinks in the same way. Consider the example of food. If there were only one type of food available in a city, it would not appeal to everyone. If, on the other hand, different food could be had with the varied flavors, everyone could find something appealing. Likewise, Buddha taught a large variety of methods for people with the wide spectrum of tastes to use to develop themselves and grow. After all, the objective of Buddhism is to overcome all our limitations and problems and to realize all our potentials so that we can develop ourselves to the point at which we can help everyone as much as are possible.
So, in the same way we all meet to get together and pronounce that under present conditions, there is definitely a growing need for human understanding and a sense of universal responsibility which supports by Buddhism principle. In order to achieve such ideas, we must generate a good and kind heart, for without this, we can achieve neither universal happiness nor lasting world peace. And I play that such human qualities as morality, compassion, decency, wisdom, and so forth have been the foundation of all civilizations. These quality must be cultivated and sustained through systematic moral education as social environment so that more human world may emerge following Buddhism. The qualities required to create such a world must inculcated right from the beginning, from childhood. Only the way to develop Buddhism, I use moral principal to bring high level of Buddhist development in my country.


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