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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.
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.
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
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 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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