365 Days for Travelers: Mar 12


Wisdom from Chinese Literary and Buddhist Classics

A DISCOURSE OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN
BUDDHISM AND LEADERSHIP

The faith of Buddhism is in wisdom,
not in blind faith.
The faith of Buddhism is in the common good,
not in one’s own wellbeing.
The faith of Buddhism is in this-worldly
involvement, not in seclusion from it.
The faith of Buddhism is in being limitless,
not in setting restrctions.
The faith of Buddhism is in equality,
not in discrimination.
The faith of Buddhism is in self-reliance,
not in salvation by others.

BUDDHISM, A RELIGION AND ALSO A PHILOSOPHY

Buddhism is both a religion and a philosophy. This
religious sentiment, deeply imbued in the hearts of
people, often causes them to fabricate historical
reality and render supernatural effects to symbolic
happenings. Therefore, to rely solely on historical
facts without any sense of empathy, one will
certainly fail to attain the Truth.

Philosophy involves an attainment of Truth in a
precise and meticulous manner. The wisdom of
ancient philosophy remains naive yet cautious in
thinking, and direct in argument. Their language is
usually simple yet profound, and uses relevant
examples that embody deep thinking. Therefore, to
only seek for the validation of textual evidence
without any spiritual attainment, one will only gain
what is as good as dregs.