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A Pure Land in Contemporary Society through Vinaya Practice=戒律與人間淨土的建立
Author Shih, Sheng-yen (著)=釋聖嚴 (au.)
Source 中華國際佛學會議實錄(第3屆):人間淨土與現代社會: = The Record of Chung-Hwa International Conference on Buddhism(3rd): The "Earthly" Pure Land and Contemporary Society
Pages150 - 151
Publisher法鼓文化出版社=Dharma Drum Culture
Publisher Url
Location臺北市, 臺灣 [Taipei shih, Taiwan]
Content type會議論文=Proceeding Article
Note中英文提要; 中文論文提要:頁84.
KeywordPure Land in the World; Sila Vinaya; Establishing Precepts according to Transgressions; Precepts Established according to Circumstances; Give up "Minor" Precepts; All-embracive Bodhisattva Pratimoksha; Five Precepts as Five Kinds of Charity or Giving; Ch'an Monastic Regulations; Purity of the Three Actions; Body; Mind; Speech; Shih, Sheng-yen; 釋聖嚴
AbstractThe sole purpose of Vinaya is to purify the body and mind of individuals as well as society as a whole. The Buddha established Vinaya according to wholesome social customs, morality,and reasonable national laws and regulations in combination with correct Buddhist knowledge and views. Vinaya is flexible and adjustable with simple and comprehensive teachings, which can be applied as a guideline in any situation.

Once you grasp the essential function of Vinaya and understand the Buddha's intention in establishing it,you will not be disconcerted by any particular triviality you find among the rules. Instead,you can emphasize the purification of body,mind and speech; you will cultivate purity,diligence,simplicity and frugality,etiquette and proper decorum. You will neither vex nor harm yourself nor troubled attitude and personality,you may become an example for others and use the compassion and wisdom of Buddha dharma to purify society and everyone around you.

Even though the Buddha set down many precepts, he was never strict or harsh. The Buddha left room for his disciples to practice by designation a specific precept of "Vinaya that accords and adapts to circumstances, " as well as permitting certain occasions to give up "minor precepts." Thus when Buddhism was transmitted to China, "monastic regulations" and "pure Ch'an monastic rules" gradually appeared. "Although they were not traditional Vinaya, they did not conflict with the spirit of the Vinaya set down by the Buddha. Of course,Monastic regulations and rules alone cannot take the place of Vinaya.

Buddhist Vinaya accords with human mature and feelings. It was established with great emphasis on practicality and flexibility. Although there are a variety of different Buddhist precepts, they are not applicable to everyone. According to the depth of your commitment,you can freely choose the set of Vinaya that is appropriate for you to follow.

The Buddha and his disciples were very much in the world. When they traveled it was to bring the cool and refreshing Dharma into our lives so that all could purify body,speech, and mind. That is the source of our principles and our vision of establishing a Pure Land on contemporary society. We earnestly urge to help accomplish this endeavor,little by little and day after day,until it is actualized.
Created date2000.12.05
Modified date2015.08.11

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