Yun Hwa Sangha
 

Social Buddhism

Our monastery is the Yun Hwa Denomination of World Social Buddhism. This monastery is not only connected to one nation; it comes from the lineage of Shakyamuni Buddha and is international. It is connected to the whole world. 

The meaning of the Yun Hwa Denomination of World Social Buddhism is to practice Buddhism in the social life and to realize the Buddha (the absolute, truth) in the social life, so that all individuals can live a correct life, benefit each other, and make each other happy. Through this, each person builds up virtue, making each other prosperous, and making the society, the country, and the world prosperous, so that peace will be brought to this world. 

Then, life after life, we are born, we come, and we go without being tainted by the five desires, and yet we always live such a beautiful, wonderful life, and become true, sincere sons and daughters of Buddha, so that we can have an infinite and joyous nirvana life. 

The purpose of Social Buddhism is to live for others and, through the teachings of Buddha, to make oneself clear, so that we can all have a more appreciative, meaningful life while we exist in this world. 

Without hurting each other, we can always understand each other, embrace each other, and do our correct duty and function as human beings. 

Thus, we can truly satisfy ourselves and through that, live a secure life. This means that we do not just come and go in this world; we do not even get caught by samsara. Yet we go for samsara for others, so that we can infinitely save all sentient beings. I hope all of you understand and realize this meaning. 

The most important teaching from Shakyamuni Buddha’s Enlightenment is that we should not be attached to our small I, my, me, because when we are attached to our I, my, me, we suffer. 

That is why, after His Enlightenment, He taught us how to eliminate our suffering by teaching The Four Noble Truths. These are: 

  1. Suffering.
  2. The cause of suffering. 
  3. The end of suffering.
  4. Enlightenment. 

Afterwards He taught The Eight-Fold Noble Path. This is: 

  1. Right view
  2. Right thought 
  3. Right speech 
  4. Right karma 
  5. Right life 
  6. Right practice 
  7. Right Mindfulness 
  8. Right meditation 

Social Buddhism means to live life on the Eight-fold Path, to live the correct life, which brings the correct existence in our lives, and through that, to be free of all attachments and to attain emancipation. 

Thus, as we are born and reborn, we never become exhausted, and we always enjoy the living nirvana. In fact, this is the motto of our Lotus Denomination World Social Buddhism. 

Teaching about Social Buddhism

7080 October 28, 2011 Lotus Buddhist Monastery
 
Hinayana Buddhism lays importance on eliminating one’s impurity and ignorance. Mahayana Buddhism also teaches the same, but with the mind to save all sentient beings and become a Buddha oneself. The practice of Zen Buddhism points directly to the mind, seeing the nature and attaining enlightenment.
 
Social Buddhism, in fact, like Hinayana Buddhism, aims at eliminating one’s impurity and ignorance and, like Mahayana Buddhism, in practicing and helping all sentient beings. At the same time, one lives together with others in this world of sentient beings and, like Zen Buddhism, helps them to be clear, so that they always stay on the path of Buddha with His great protection. Thus, one benefits and makes everyone’s life satisfying, with the purpose of helping them to become Buddhas and Bodhisattvas themselves.
 
It is just like this: no matter what kind of Buddhism is practiced, we all want to become clear and save sentient beings. Sok Ga Mo Ni Buddha’s teaching is the same for everyone but, according to one's individual karma and concepts, what is accepted and utilized varies. However, in all types of Buddhism, it is most important to practice and polish oneself because, irrespective of what kind of treasure or important dharma speech is listened to, how one accepts, learns and practices, determines what one realizes; but most of all one has to make it one’s own. In this way, this precious teaching can be relayed to others once one attains realization.
 
Buddha’s teaching is not meant to be kept only for oneself but should be relayed to others so that it becomes much more shining. Therefore, please avoid becoming a parrot and do not simply copy. One’s practice and realization, together with true speech and Buddha’s teaching, will touch the hearts of others so that they can very truly believe.
 
Those who learn and practice the teaching of Buddha, together with all other sentient beings in this world, are actually the daughters and sons of Buddha.
 
When we look at our ten fingers, each one has a different length, but all make one hand. 

Do not forget: Buddha and sentient beings are one.

 

What I am teaching you is not new. You heard about it before in either this or a past life. This daily teaching is simply to remind us so that we can be clear and live correctly in this and future lives. Believing this teaching is entirely the decision of the one who reads it. In addition, applying one’s own concept to this teaching is the choice of the reader himself or herself. © Ji Kwang Dae Poep Sa Nim 

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