Buddhism Lecture 13

Buddhism Lecture 13 - Buddhist Practice Devotion 11...

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Unformatted text preview: Buddhist Practice : Devotion 11 Religion is much more than a set of teachings or a system of doctrine. What would a religion be without institutions, rituals, worship, festivals, and moral codes? Similarly, ‘DEVOTION’ is another significant part of religion. A religion contains all of these elements, and Buddhism is no exception . In Buddhism, devotion grows out of saddh ā (trustful confidence). DEVOTION 22 Faith is an important element of belief. However, faith in Buddhism is different because it is not a blind faith. It must be always balanced by wisdom . However, the faith based on strong belief is not considered a true Buddhist. The Buddhist faith is more like ‘ trust ’. Often in Buddhist traditions ‘devotion’ (saddh ) ā have a meditative quality and it is classified under ‘morality’ in the triad: ‘ M orality, M editation and M ental perfection or wisdom’ Therefore, devotion plays an important DEVOTION 33 Buddhist Devotion is different from others because the Buddha emphasized on a type of devotion based on intellectual under- standing of the Natural law. It is not an expression of showing one’s loyalty or praying. Buddha’s emphasis on self-reliance and the experiential testing-out of all teachings, including his own is a good proof of it. Rejecting teachings based on authoritative tradition, or mere rational speculation, he emphasized the examination and analysis of actual experience. DEVOTION 44 55 DEVOTION The Buddha provides ten specific sources which should not be used to accept a specific teaching as true, without further verification: { 1 6 C 8 E 6 3 9 -6 F D E -4 E 0 6 -A 0 C D -C 8 C A 4 8 A 7 A 8 3 } 1.Revelation { 1 6 C 8 E 6 3 9 -6 F D E -4 E 0 6 -A 0 C D -C 8 C A 4 8 A 7 A 8 3 } 2.Tradition { 1 6 C 8 E 6 3 9 -6 F D E -4 E 0 6 -A 0 C D -C 8 C A 4 8 A 7 A 8 3 } 4.Scriptures { 1 6 C 8 E 6 3 9 -6 F D E -4 E 0 6 -A 0 C D -C 8 C A 4 8 A 7 A 8 3 } 5.Mere Logic { 1 6 C 8 E 6 3 9 -6 F D E -4 E 0 6 -A 0 C D -C 8 C A 4 8 A 7 A 8 3 } 3.Hearsay { 1 6 C 8 E 6 3 9 -6 F D E -4 E 0 6 -A 0 C D -C 8 C A 4 8 A 7 A 8 3 } 7.Common Sense { 1 6 C 8 E 6 3 9 -6 F D E -4 E 0 6 -A 0 C D -C 8 C A 4 8 A 7 A 8 3 } 8.One’s own opinions { 1 6 C 8 E 6 3 9 -6 F D E -4 E 0 6 -A 0 C D -C 8 C A 4 8 A 7 A 8 3 } 6. Axiom { 1 6 C 8 E 6 3 9 -6 F D E -4 E 0 6 -A 0 C D -C 8 C A 4 8 A 7 A 8 3 } 10. One’s own Teacher { 1 6 C 8 E 6 3 9 -6 F D E -4 E 0 6 -A 0 C D -C 8 C A 4 8 A 7 A 8 3 } 9.Authorities/ Experts This is seen in a famous Sutta passage where he spoke to the Kalama people: One should not accept anything on the ground of: 1. Revelation [Do not be led by what you are told.] 2. Traditional practice [Do not be led by whatever has been handed down from past generations.] 3. Well-known everywhere. 3....
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