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Thanks for your posts, caringhk; reason i seldom write in this forum anymore is because it is so hard to open the pages; for instance, to come here, i have to click english study because the main page does not open stably. Something has happened to the system.|
Anyway, my comment on the topic is this:
Whatever the religion, faith or practice, one should adopt moderation. When we think about it, this makes sense. In everything we do in this modern age, there is a constant need to make progress at all costs when the lesson to be learnt is that less is more, and more is less.
See, for instance, the global financial crisis before us today. First people invest from A to B. Then the banks and insurers get creative and start selling new financial instruments where they arbitrage or leverage their clients' money or reinsure the risk. Soon this spreads like a pyramid or ponzi scheme until no one knows exactly what has been contracted to who for how long under what terms. When the problem becomes too big, it is only too easy for people to just ignore danger and say to themselves 'why rock the boat so long as money is made?'. But good things cannot happen all the time, and what goes up must come down. There seems to be a levelling effect in life which suggests there are other things which are more important in life.
So, religious forms and practice should be moderate. To many, Buddhism is not a religion but a practice on how to moderate one's life to be in tune with the hidden forces. Just as the physical world obeys physical laws, the human world seems to obey the hidden forces of moral laws. Sometimes the laws break down, good suffer and bad enjoy but Buddhism seems to say ..'it won't be long before good will endure better, and bad will reap what they have sown.'
I think the revival of Buddhism, or other religious and faith practices, has two sides to the coin. If the revival is done in moderation, it is healthy and focus people on what is important - the lessons to be practiced, rather than the ceremonies, buildings, and events. If the revival is done too much, for instance by spending excessive amounts of money on buildings and decorations, that will only make people think it's all about things when it should be more about finding equilibrium in one's mind in order to understand how the moral world works so as to do the right things in order to help others, create waves of goodwill, earn better karma, etc.
All religions seem to teach some common things, one of which is the ethics of reciprocity. This in fact reflects what the Chinese sage Confucius had one said - 'do not do onto others what one doesn't want done onto oneself'. The ethics of reciprocity can in fact help to lay the foundation of a more harmonious society. I think lessons such as this should be emphasized regardless of what revival is taking place. All should see the original aim, purpose and objectives of what they are trying to achieve.