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Humanistic Buddhism: A Blueprint for Life
by Venerable Master Hsing Yun
The rationale for Humanistic Buddhism derives directly from the Buddha, ‘because the Buddha was born, cultivated the path, became enlightened, and strived to enlighten others in this world.’ It is with this understanding that Venerable Master Hsing Yun proceeds to elaborate on the many ways in which the Buddha’s teachings can guide us through challenges in life. In doing so, he affirms the basic spirit of Humanistic Buddhism that centers on the conviction that the Dharma is of crucial pertinence to humanity.
Humanistic Buddhism: A Blueprint for Life is a book that not only embodies this spirit, but also discusses how it can be infused in life. As a ‘blueprint’ of sorts for conduct and ethics, it is a handy manual for guiding us, as well as a lucid exposition of some of the main tenets in Buddhism.
Through illuminating examples and references to Buddhist teachings, Venerable Master Hsing Yun provides insights into many facets of the human condition. He shows how emotions, ethics, family, society, government, and the environment are all areas for contemplation and cultivation. In short, what Humanistic Buddhism reminds us of is that Buddhism is part of life, not separate from it.
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