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Social Buddhism is the Dharma (Teaching) of wisdom for daily living and the vehicle to attain enlightenment. Neither above nor below sentient beings, it is within and together with us, eliminating ignorance so that we can realize and skillfully enact the realm of emancipation.
 
The origin of Social Buddhism begins with the time of Sok Ga Mo Ni Buddha. The records of Buddha’s teachings (Pali: suttas; Sanskrit: sutras) reveal Him interacting with and providing wise and compassionate guidance to people from all levels of society — from manual laborers to royalty — in meadows, on mountain peaks, in parks, private homes and palaces.

All these teachings take the form of conversations between the Buddha, His disciples, (both ordained and lay students), and people living in the villages and towns He visited. Most often the teachings begin with the Buddha being asked a question emerging from the daily life experiences of those fortunate enough to meet Him. Thus, from its very beginnings Buddhism has been socially engaged.

Today, Social Buddhism is most thoroughly exemplified by the teachings and practices of the Supreme Matriarch Ji Kwang Dae Poep Sa Nim of the Yun Hwa Denomination of World Social Buddhism.   
 
Social Buddhism is omniscient and the most encompassing form of Buddhism, embracing teachings and practices from Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana and Zen Buddhist traditions. As in other forms of Buddhism, Social Buddhism brings together monks, nuns and laypersons through the teachings of Buddha (the Absolute, the Truth), the study of suttas or sutras, meditation practice and the formal teaching of koans (Korean: kongan; Chinese: gongan).

In Social Buddhism, one has to know and revere both the Dharma taught by the Buddha, and the ethical precepts (Vinaya) that inform the Buddhist community (Sangha). But one must also honour the customs and manners appropriate to each place and time. First and foremost, however, Social Buddhism teaches the means-to and the meaning-of living a correct life every single day, exemplifying a correct mind, moment-to-moment.
 
What distinguishes Social Buddhism from other forms of Buddhism is a doctrine so direct, pure and all-encompassing that it is able to improvise fluently with the patterns and dynamics of contemporary life, while resolutely guiding people onto the path of Buddha. Some traditions have become tightly bound to specific cultural norms and constrained by fixed paradigms and dogmas rigidly adhered to for centuries. But Social Buddhism is more than flexible enough to respond to the minds of people as they have come to be through individual karma, all while following the original Dharma of Sok Ga Mo Ni Buddha.
 
Although it was Sok Ga Mo Ni Buddha’s intention to teach Social Buddhism, He had to respond to the people living during that period and the quality of their thoughts and mindfulness. Because of their ideologies and concepts, Sok Ga Mo Ni Buddha was obliged to stress a stricter and more ascetic teaching and practice.
 
Sok Ga Mo Ni Buddha was most appreciative that one of His lay students, Vimalakirti, taught a form of Social Buddhism, and even sent Moon Soo Bodhisattva (Manjusri), the Bodhisattva of Awareness and Wisdom, to attend him. But even Vimalakirti was unable to develop Social Buddhism to its full extent because the mind of the people was more inclined toward ascetic practice.
 
Social Buddhism is unique in providing the daily life wisdom to perform one’s correct function and duties as a human being while also offering the means to attain enlightenment. Without going into the mountains and living apart from society, one can live together with others and also be able to see oneself clearly and reflect upon oneself correctly. One can realize the highest levels of attainment in the very midst of the social world through cultivating true and clear relationships. Social Buddhism is truly boundless.
 
Supreme Matriarch Ji Kwang Dae Poep Sa Nim is recognized by many to be one of the few masters since Sok Ga Mo Ni Buddha who has dared to teach and demonstrate what Social Buddhism is by being a living exemplar.

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