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Since they live with themselves all the time, ordinary people think they know and understand themselves best. However, very few realize that they live outside rather than inside their mind. Indeed, very few can live within their mind. Since their living needs come from the outside, they misconstrue that vexations and troubles originate from the outside. Therefore, they endlessly pursue the outside environment while also resisting it. Proud people inflate themselves and want to control the environment. And those who lack confidence feel incompetent and insignificant like a fly, a parasite, or a grain of sand in the vast ocean; they too pursue the outside...
The Significance and the Purpose of the Buddhist Rituals
When Shakyamuni Buddha taught the Dharma, he preached it to the living, so that we use wisdom to deliver ourselves.

Nonetheless, rituals for the dead can bring them merit, and on hearing the Dharma they may be able to let go and achieve deliverance, attaining rebirth to the Western Pure Land or to a better realm.
Buddhist repentance rituals
The contents of different repentance rituals are compiled based on different Buddhist sutras. Repentance rituals can serve as a way of practice, help one cure one's karmic illness and achieve peace of mind when facing karmic obstacles or receiving karmic retribution.
Buddhism Wisdom to aging, sickness, and death
Buddhism teaches that birth, aging, sickness, and death are all suffering in that they are changing, false image. Even when there is joy it is transient and not forever. To transcend samsara we should prepare our savings of merit to be born in Amitabha Buddha's Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss, our final settling place.
How to develop our wisdom?
If you don’t handle your own or others’ matters in a self-centered way, you won’t cause harm to others and won’t bring trouble on yourself. This is wisdom.

Knowledge is not necessarily wisdom. Wisdom means objectivity and freedom from self-centeredness. We could gain wisdom by reading the sutras and listening to the Buddhadharma.
Inner Wisdom and Great Compassion
If there is something in our mind, then it has obstructions; it cannot be broad and vast, open and clear, and therefore it cannot really have wisdom and compassion. A mind free of obstructions is a mind without distracted thoughts and vexations. When we are not affected or afflicted by our environment, that's wisdom; with such wisdom, we will have compassion.
The Development of Buddhism in Taiwan
Through adaptation and assimilation, Buddhism gradually became a major part of Chinese culture. Having had its ups and downs in Chinese history, it is now reviving by drawing on Western civilization.

Advocated by various Buddhist organizations and devotees, Buddhism gradually became localized in Taiwan and the number of Buddhists is now growing vigorously.
The Place of Women in Buddhism
What is the view of women’s place in Buddhism?

When examining gender issues during the Buddha’s time, we should look at the fundamental aspect of equality in Buddhism. For instance, there was no gender distinction in the status of arhats. In so far as the practice of Buddhadharma is concerned, there was gender equality among Buddhist practitioners. Furthermore, Buddha proclaimed that all sentient beings have the potential to attain buddhahood
How do the Buddhists deal with suffering?
Pain is a physical phenomenon experienced with our nerves. Suffering is a mental phenomenon, a psychological thing. Pain is not tantamount to suffering, yet suffering can often cause pain. Our suffering comes from our craving and attachment, and from our unwilling or reluctant to give up or let go. If we are able to readily take up responsibilities, let go of any attachment, and face reality and deal with the situation at hand without running away from it, then we won't feel suffering in our minds.
The difference between Buddha and God
The difference between Buddhism and Christianity is that Buddha is a believer’s “teacher”, while God is the believer’s “master”.
"In Buddhism, "sin" is the bad karma one brings from one's past lives since beginningless time; it reflects the idea of causality, or cause and effect. To eliminate our karma and change our fate, we are supposed to follow the Buddha's teachings and practice accordingly, and that is the way to achieve salvation or redemption
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