Buddhism Symbolism

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Even though all people have the deep fundamental desire to live happily, human society is continually subjected to forces that vigorously oppose this basic desire – rampant, wanton environmental destruction, widespread violence and activites that foster inequalities between people. Buddhism illuminates the workings of the human mind that shows the way for us to build such a detrimental reality. According to the perspective of Buddhism one of the most destructive, malicious and powerful desires inherent in human life is the want for control over others, the desire to subjugate other people to our will. In this state, the ego realizes its most harmful desire, considering others as a means to satisfy its selfish aims. Buddhism symbolizes this…show more content…
Compassion is grounded in a respect for the inherent dignity of all life, both our own and others' and the desire to see that dignity victorious. It is to enable the other person to become happy, win in life and mitigate his or her suffering. The essence of compassion is empowerment whereby we help others to unlock courage and strength from within themselves, make them stronger and self-reliant, so as to enable them to overcome their problems and contribute to their joy in life. Nichiren invoked the practice of chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo as a way for people to bring forth the strength and rich potential of their humanity and live with confidence and happiness. For practitioners of Nichiren Buddhism, sharing this practice with others is a vital act of compassion. According to Nichiren Buddhism, a life rooted in compassion implies a strong belief in the unrealized immense potential of ourselves and others, even during times of sufferings, problems and failures. To always believe in and encourage the intrinsic goodness and potential within our own lives and others' lives is the heart of the philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism. It is also the core of an optimism which is the bedrock for measures to bring about positive changes in the world. The transformation of society can after all only occur through a transformation of people's…show more content…
His towering character was a profound inspiration to all. Over time, however, the ideal of Buddhahood shown in Shakyamuni's living example became increasingly abstract and distant. An apparently unbridgeable gap developed between the Buddha and ordinary people as the Buddha came to be seen as an otherworldly being. The objective of Shakyamuni's teaching was, according to the Lotus Sutra, to "make all beings equal to me." However, in some schools of Buddhism he became regarded as an esoteric unique being, and the aim of religious practice became the attainment of stages of enlightenment less final than that of Buddhahood. In fact, in certain schools of Buddhism, Buddhahood came to be viewed as an extremely distant goal requiring many lifetimes of ascetic, austere effort, something definitely not within the capabilities of ordinary people. In Nichiren Buddhism, however, Buddhahood is not a static end point which one may eventually attain. That is, a person does not become a Buddha at some future point in time. The rich characteristics and qualities of Buddhahood are seen as naturally inherent in all people. Buddhist practice is about manifesting these qualities - for instance,

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