The Dharma of Mahayana Buddhism Essay

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Advanced technology and luxurious items seem bring humans into a “Modern World.” However, it seems these 21st Century technologies and items have brought more dissatisfaction, the duhkha. Death, blood and war, these words appear in the newspaper almost everyday. Despite those external dissatisfactions, internally human kind becomes more selfish and lonely. As a matter of fact, a hypochondria is becoming so popular that one in seven adults is facing it. In our society today, Buddhism, especially Mahayana Buddhism, becomes a cure to the duhkha that we are facing today. The Dharma of Mahayana Buddhism becomes very helpful to resolve many, even all the problems humans are facing today.

Mahayana Buddhism believes in the Path of Bodhisattva,
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In context of Mahayana Buddhism, emptiness doesn’t mean that the existence of everything is nothingness. What emptiness really means is that the existence of things are dependently arising from the empty of own beings. “A flower that always needs sunlight, water, soil, nutrients and so on to live. ” What this means is that sunlight and those factors caused a flower to exist, but a flower will eventually dies. Since the flower will eventually die and the factors like water that fed the flower will disappear as well, in the end nothing left. Thus, flowers are emptiness, factors are emptiness, emptiness creates emptiness and in the end there is only emptiness left. There are really two important point here, one is that everything is emptiness and everything will change with “empty of own beings.” Another one is that people has to see through the emptiness and find the suchness of things. An analogy may be help to explain the point. Money always brings up conflicts between people or countries and result of the conflicts are rather unpleasant. In recent years, robbery becomes outrageous and if people understand even a tiny bit about the dharma of Mahayana Buddhism, especially about the concept of emptiness, many of the robbery could be avoided. Money is very valuable, but it is still empty. The reason that money is valuable is because such value is
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