Hinayana Buddhism lays importance on eliminating one’s impurity and ignorance. Mahayana Buddhism also teaches the same, but with the mind to save all sentient beings and become a Buddha oneself. The practice of Zen Buddhism points directly to the mind, seeing the nature and attaining enlightenment.
Social Buddhism, in fact, like Hinayana Buddhism, aims at eliminating one’s impurity and ignorance and, like Mahayana Buddhism, in practicing and helping all sentient beings. At the same time, one lives together with others in this world of sentient beings and, like Zen Buddhism, helps them to be clear, so that they always stay on the path of Buddha with His great protection. Thus, one benefits and makes everyone’s life satisfying, with the purpose of helping them to become Buddhas and Bodhisattvas themselves.
It is just like this: no matter what kind of Buddhism is practiced, we all want to become clear and save sentient beings. Sok Ga Mo Ni Buddha’s teaching is the same for everyone but, according to one’s individual karma and concepts, what is accepted and utilized varies. However, in all types of Buddhism, it is most important to practice and polish oneself because, irrespective of what kind of treasure or important dharma speech is listened to, how one accepts, learns and practices, determines what one realizes; but most of all one has to make it one’s own. In this way, this precious teaching can be relayed to others once one attains realization.
Buddha’s teaching is not meant to be kept only for oneself but should be relayed to others so that it becomes much more shining. Therefore, please avoid becoming a parrot and do not simply copy. One’s practice and realization, together with true speech and Buddha’s teaching, will touch the hearts of others so that they can very truly believe.
Those who learn and practice the teaching of Buddha, together with all other sentient beings in this world, are actually the daughters and sons of Buddha.
When we look at our ten fingers, each one has a different length, but all make one hand.
Do not forget: Buddha and sentient beings are one.