Being aware of the Buddha’s point of view on ontology helps us to have a more correct view of our own spiritual path, thereby reflecting and adjusting it properly. Only then will we not go astray, the path of enlightenment will soon open up before everyone’s eyes.
Fifty years ago, in an interview on the sidelines of the Paris conference, when commenting on the American aggression in the territory of Vietnam, Ms. Nguyen Thi Binh firmly affirmed:
“I think the most primitive logic to solve a problem is to assess the source of that problem…a solution is only correct if it comes from an accurate analysis of the source of the problem…and the Vietnamese problem. South is the presence of Americans, the presence of half a million American troops on our territory is completely absurd.
Ms. Binh’s answer shows the wisdom of an outstanding diplomat, recognizing the problem (effect) and pointing out the origin (cause) of the problem. From there, evaluate accurately objectively and affirm Vietnam’s righteous position at the negotiating table.
Buddha, the complete transformation
Over the past 2,600 years, “one hundred flowers are blooming” there have been many different opinions and views in Buddhist practice, each of which is formed, developed and based on geographical and cultural factors. culture, people’s wisdom…everywhere Buddhism goes. No matter what method we practice, we still have to rely on the basic principles and core views of the Buddha Dharma to go to the right path and liberate ourselves. And to get an accurate view of their own spiritual path, Buddhists should regularly reflect, reflect on themselves and reflect on the Buddha’s teachings. As mentioned above, when considering a problem (effect) we need to evaluate the origin (cause) of that problem. And to better understand this, it is impossible not to discuss the Buddha’s view of ontology.
– The first question is why Prince Siddhartha, who is living in Kapilavat city with a regal and full life, vows to leave to find a way to study the Way? Because he has witnessed human suffering from birth, until old age, sickness, and death. Those miserable people have gone through thousands of lifetimes of suffering. Looking at those unfortunate lives, he sympathized, mourned and determined to find the Way with one heart to help all peoples to be free from suffering. If he hadn’t seen these things with his own eyes, would he have wondered why humans have to suffer so much? How to be liberated and will he go to find the way to enlightenment? Is not? Because if he did not know the sufferings of the human life, he would not know about birth, aging, sickness and death, and always thought that this life was always full of happiness. Everything that exists out there has existed for a long time, it has affected his mind and consciousness since then, leading to the act of leaving.
– After 6 years of asceticism, from a prince with a strong and tall body with thirty-two good signs, his body became increasingly weak, thin and could not find a way to liberate himself. Dear. It was not until his body collapsed, fell into a coma, and was revived by drinking Suijata’s goat’s milk that he realized that it was impossible to awaken with a weak, sick body. Must give up asceticism to come to the Middle Way, the body must be healthy and clean, then the mind must be diligent to be enlightened. “Only if you are real will you be able to reach the right path.” If the body is not healthy, how can wisdom be opened up to reach the righteous path? The Buddha transformed consciousness from idealism to materialism. This can be said to be the turning point on the Buddha’s path of practice, and then 49 days later he was officially enlightened.
– When the Buddha discussed all things with the Venerable Kassapa, he pointed to the leaf and pointed out that: earth, water, heat, seed, tree trunk, sun, time, are all causes and conditions to help. for the leaf to be present. Without one of those predestined conditions, the leaf will not succeed. All species of land, rocks, plants, and animals obey the law of dependent origination, the origin of a thing is all things. A cause cannot go to an effect, cause and effect are coincidental. The leaf is all the dharmas in the universe created.
This view of the Buddha completely denied “spirit is the supreme universe” denied the existence of gods and affirmed that this world is the material world. Acknowledging the existence of the material world and affirming that the material world is very rich and diverse, including many things and phenomena. Buddha did not fall into metaphysics when he said that matter was created by earth, fire, water … but he was thirsty to generalize with the definition of Cause and Effect. Human thanks to Destiny. Fruit thanks to Duyen become Human. It is the chain of reincarnation that created this universe. This shows that the Buddha transcended all historical limitations and common limitations of the time.
– Buddha’s point of view is not only materialistic but also extremely dialectical. The experiences during the 35 years from birth to enlightenment are things, phenomena seen with eyes and ears and reflected in Buddha’s mind, changing his perception, when his mind is enlightened, must practice law enforcement, must spread good values to the people around, then join hands to help, save suffering and rescue for all peoples. The path to enlightenment cannot be completed if we only know the Buddha in our hearts, it is not enough to perfect our morality, adhere to the moral code included in the practices, the focus is on practicing effort and dynamic meditation. During the Han Dynasty, Khong Minh, when he moved to Dong Ngo, once said that the Confucianists had the Confucian Confucius and the Confucian Confucius, the Confucius helped the Emperor Qi rule the kingdom and the world, while the small man only read empty books all day. shouted loudly, the enemy’s arrival did not help the country but only helplessly endure it. Since the Buddha’s enlightenment until his death, he has traveled thousands of miles to propagate the Buddha’s teachings and save sentient beings. If it is said that the merit of an enlightened person is 7.8, then the merit of spreading the Buddhadharma is 9 is 10.
Until now, there are still many people who understand that only Buddha in mind is enlightened. The cause of such misunderstanding is that practitioners do not understand the Buddha’s view of ontology. Everything is caused by predestined conditions, is the merit of parents born, is the food to eat and wear every day, the life to make a living….is the world that exists around us that brings the predestined to our mind, makes us to take refuge in Buddhism, study Buddhism and practice the Dharma every day. As the Buddha said, cause and effect are coincidental, the path of practice is not one day or two but a lifetime. Therefore, being aware of the Buddha’s ontological point of view helps us to have a more correct view of our own spiritual path, thereby reflecting and adjusting it properly. Only then will we not go astray, the path of enlightenment will soon open up before everyone’s eyes.