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:
* The cause of suffering.
* The end of suffering.
Afterwards He taught The Eight-Fold Noble Path. This is:
* Right view
* Right thought
* Right speech
* Right karma
* Right life
* Right practice
* Right Mindfulness
* 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.
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