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Humanistic Buddhism: The Chinese Buddhist Experience and Beyond
« on: November 29, 2009, 08:47:11 am »
"He who has understanding and great wisdom does not think of harming himself or another, nor of harming both alike.
He rather thinks of his own welfare, of that of others, of that of both, and of the welfare of the whole world. In that way one shows understanding and great wisdom."

"Sudhana, to accommodate and benefit all living beings is explained like this: throughout the oceans of worlds in the ten directions exhausting the Dharma Realm and the realm of empty space, there are many different kinds of living beings.
I will accord with and take care of all these many kinds of beings, providing all manner of services and offerings for them.
I will treat them with the same respect I show my own parents, teachers, elders, Arhats, and even the Thus Come Ones.
I will serve them all equally without difference.
"I will be a good doctor for the sick and suffering.
I will lead those who have lost their way to the right road.
I will be a bright light for those in the dark night, and cause the poor and destitute to uncover hidden treasures.
The Bodhisattva impartially benefits all living beings in this manner.
"Why is this?
If a Bodhisattva accords with living beings, then he accords with and makes offerings to all Buddhas.
If he can honor and serve living beings, then he honors and serves the Thus Come Ones.
If he makes living beings happy, he is making all Thus Come Ones happy.
Why is this?
It is because all Buddhas, Thus Come Ones, take the Mind of Great Compassion as their substance.
Because of living beings, they develop Great Compassion.
From Great Compassion the Bodhi Mind is born;
and because of the Bodhi Mind,
they accomplish Supreme, Perfect Enlightenment.
"Good man, you should understand these principles in this way:
When the mind is impartial towards all living beings, one can accomplish full and perfect Great Compassion.
By using the Mind of Great Compassion to accord with living beings, one perfects the making of offerings to the Thus Come Ones.
In this way the Bodhisattva constantly accords with living beings.
"Even when the realm of empty space is exhausted, the realms of living beings are exhausted, the karma of living beings is exhausted, and the afflictions of living beings are exhausted, I will still accord endlessly, continuously in thought after thought without cease.
My body, mouth, and mind never weary of these deeds."

Simple introduction here:

Some linked perspectives:
Humanistic Buddhism: A Blueprint for Life
Humanistic Buddhism
The Woodenfish Project
The Fundamental Concepts of Humanistic Buddhism
Apathy in the Context of Illness: A Humanistic Buddhist Perspective
Humanistic Buddhism for Social Well-Being
Humanistic Buddhism in Tibetan Tradition
The Fundamental Concepts of Humanistic Buddhism
Activism as a Skillful Form of Engaged Humanistic Buddhism
Buddhist Activism and Chinese Modernity
Engaged Buddhism and Humanistic Buddhism:
A Comparison of Principles

International Conference on "Humanistic and Engaged Buddhism - Patterns and Prospects"
Fivefold Spiritual Renaissance Campaign
Theory and Practice of Renjian Fojiao in Contemporary Taiwan

More Resources/Link on Engaged Buddhism here:
The 14 Precepts of Engaged Buddhism
The New Buddhists
Laying the Foundation for Social Action
Buddhism and Social Action

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Re: Humanistic Buddhism: The Chinese Buddhist Experience and Beyond
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2009, 04:32:05 pm »
Thanks for all the links!  It will take me a while to check them all out.

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Re: Humanistic Buddhism: The Chinese Buddhist Experience and Beyond
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2010, 06:58:33 am »
Thorny (if you ever come back, and I really hope you do!) --

This is great stuff.  I don't have time to read it all right now, but I will return to this collection of links.

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