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The Nature and Spirit of the Worldly Bodhisattva of the Mahayana Buddhism




人間菩薩行 久住世間 般若 慈悲 忍辱

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Buddhism has been viewed as a religion with a negative view on the life and dead of the mundane world and seeks for a liberation from sufferings in a state of nirvana, therefore it is inactive and indifference towards the predicament of all living beings. Mahayana Buddhism promotes the two benefits of self-beneficence and altruism, in which personal benefits can be attained by altruistic actions towards the others, and the demand to involve in the long salvation industry in this world. The bodhisattva way in this world does not mean that it will be unnecessary to confront the issue of life and death, but it is to transcend these sufferings with noble spirits. To practice the bodhisattva way with the wisdom that transcends the concern for both the life/dead issue and nirvana, to situate oneself within the world while distancing from the constraint of the five cravings; to conquer anxiety without reliance on the nirvana, and come down from the purity of enlightenment to the defiled world and be freed from all worldly things. To fulfill the grand ideal of altruism in pledging to serve with compassion, to be sympathetic to others by referencing to ones own sufferings, and to be poised to bring happiness and peace to every sentiment beings on this world. To enhance once courage and endurance by diligent trainings, conquer fear and cowardice, and accept the different obstacles and oppositions with a peaceful mind. The bodhisattva embraces the noble spirit of wisdom, compassion and endurance in supporting the grand but difficult industry, bringing mass benefits to the people without any fear or detest.

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bodhisattva way prajna compassion endurance