|Venerable Master Shen-Kais teacher once asked him,
"Which Buddha attained Buddhahood through reference and research? Which patriarch of
Buddhism became a patriarch through reference and research?" None, of course, for
they all attained enlightenment through cultivation.That experience awakened the Venerable
to realise that being a Buddhist means learning, cultivating and putting into practice
what the Buddha taught. This is the only way for us to benefit from the teachings of the
the years to come, Venerable Master Shen-Kai travelled extensively around the world to
bring the teachings of the Humanity Vehicle Buddhism or Jen Chen Buddhism to the people,
through his voluminous writings and his Dharma talks. He never failed to emphasise that
learning and practising Buddhism means putting into practice what the Buddha taught in our
daily life. It is about developing the right understanding, the right views, the right
practices, unfolding our wisdom, finding our Buddha-nature, and eventually becoming
Masters Dharma talks are characterised by the question-and-answer approach. He
enlightens his audience by expressing the profound Dharma in a manner that it is easy to
understand and learn, always relevant to the needs of our daily life, always full of
wisdom and always inspiring. For this reason it is called the Voice of Bliss. Originally
in Mandarin, the Voice of Bliss is being translated into English. Selected works are
published here and will be updated regularly.
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|On Jen Chen Buddhism
- I only know of
Buddhism, can the Venerable tell us what is Jen Chen Buddhism? I have never heard of this
- Is Jen Chen Buddhism taught by the Buddha?
- Where is the venue for Jen Chen Buddhists to learn and practise
- Why does Master use the question-and-answer approach
in his Dharma talk?
- "Be with Buddha" - What does it mean?
"Be with Buddha" and "Amitabha" create confusion among Buddhists?
- Why do Jen Chen Buddhists greet each other "Be with Buddha"?
to apply Buddhism in our lives?
does "Be with Buddha" differ from those used by other religions such as "Be
with God" or "Be with the Path"?
is Bliss Culture
is blissful culture? Why does humanity need a blissful culture?
is Human Bliss Culture?
title of your Dharma talk is Human Bliss Culture; why then when you answer questions from
the audience you did not mention Human Bliss Culture at all? Many of my friends here and I
would like to know what is Human Bliss Culture.
this complex society, how should humanity cultivate in order to achieve bliss?
- I am interested to learn Buddhism, but I am deterred by the need to
observe so many precepts. What should I do?
is it that despite being Buddhists, some families are still not blissful?
is the meaning of life?
kind of life is meaningful?
is learning Buddhism and what is the study of Buddhism?
am serious about learning Buddhism and yet I am bogged down by too many things, how can I
make a start?
this pragmatic society, many people are not able to observe the precepts because of their
livelihood, for example, having to consume alcoholic drinks when entertaining business
associates. How does Jen Chen Buddhism view this?
- May I
ask what right views one must possess to learn Buddhism, and how one can attain the right
knowledge and right views?
should we apply Buddhism in our daily lives in order to attain bliss and happiness?
to be a Buddhist? How does one start?
to become an authentic Buddhist?
one absolutely need to take refuge to learn Buddhism?
there any advantages in taking refuge?
cultivation, at what state of the mind does one awaken? What is the state of awakening
- How do
we practise Buddhism when we are so busy with our careers and constantly facing a shortage
should we cultivate as we learn Buddhism?
to purify the human mind?
do we need to purify our thoughts?
- How do
we follow the Bodhisattva path?
- What is the meaning of
- What happen to human
beings after death?
- Human beings need only to
do good, why do they need to practise Buddhism?
lose my temper easily, how shall I cultivate?
get angry over trivial matters, what should I do?
the anger is suppressed and though it has been endured the anger still exists, what shall
I do when it is beyond endurance?
- Can a
vegetarian buy meat for the family?
merits are there in being a "half-day vegetarian"?
- There is
an abundance of cattle and if they are not slaughtered then wouldnt we face an
over-population of cattle?
undertaken the Bodhisattva Precepts, must one be a vegetarian? Can a non-vegetarian
undertake the Bodhisattva Precepts?
is the significance of offering incense, flowers, water and fruits?
is the significance of bowing before the images of the Buddha and the Bodhisattvas? Is
there any merit in doing so?
are the differences between deities and Buddha?
there really cause and effect?
to be convinced of the cause and effect of the Three Periods?
learning Buddhism, some people become pessimistic because they feel that all things have
already been decided by the causes and effects of previous lives, and since they are empty
anyway, therefore there is no need to do anything at all in this life. Can Master
enlighten us on this?
Where does ignorance stem from?
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