Buddhism for the Future by Ven. Dr K. Sri Dhammananda

By Ven. Dr K. Sri Dhammananda

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E Buddha recognized this when he de clared that we must accept and recognize the worth of any religion in so far as that religion contains the Four Noble Truths. What is unique about Buddhism is our U-  of the nature of these values and why we practice them. When the Bodhisatta practised the Ten Paramis, he was motivated in an entirely different way than any other follower of a spiritual path either in part or as a whole. e ten paramis — dana (generosity), sila (precept), nekkhamma (renunciation), panna (wisdom), viriya (energy), khanti (patience) sacca (truthfulness), adhitthana (determination), metta (loving kindness) and upekkha (equanimity) — can form a solid value system on which a Buddhist builds his or her personal spiritual life.

Erefore the implementing of a Buddhist value-system involves making each individual understand his responsibility towards the rest, to understand the interrelatedness of all beings, to guard him or herself and thereby guard others. e year  holds many promises and challenges for all members of the human race. Buddhists are in a particularly strong position to help all human beings realize their full potential and live in peace and harmony not only with themselves but with others as well. It is our duty to help spread the Buddha’s message by spreading it through the written and spoken word, but, far more importantly through the example of living noble lives in accordance with the sacred Teachings.

P e world today is divided by many factors. Sad to say one of the most important of the organizations responsible for these many divisions is religion. Today, perhaps like at no other time in history, are the vast resources of certain religious organizations being exploited shamelessly in a mad scramble to win converts at any cost. ese include the spreading of malicious lies against other religions like Buddhism. Young, innocent impressionable people are being lured away from their traditional religion through blatant false propaganda  and even through bribes.

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