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HUMANISTIC BUDDHISM
by Buddha (Approx. 563 BCE - 483 BCE)
English translation: You Zai

I was born in the human world, raised in the human world, and also attained enlightenment in this human world.

── from Ekottara Agama (Gradual Discourses of the Buddha)



by Huineng (638 - 713, Tang Dynasty)
English translation: Fo Guang Shan International Translation Center

The Dharma is within the world,
Apart from this world there is no awakening.
Seeking bodhi apart from the world
Is like looking for a rabbit’s horn.

── from Sixth Patriarch’s Platform Sutra



by Taixu (1889 - 1947)
English translation: Fo Guang Shan International Translation Center

The Buddha we look up to
and take refuge in perfected his character.
By perfecting our own humanity,
we attain Buddhahood.

── from Taixu Dashi Quanji (Complete Works of Master Taixu)



by Venerable Master Hsing Yun (1927 - , Fo Guang Shan)
English translation: Miao Guan

Humanistic Buddhism is that which was taught by the Buddha himself, that which is needed by human beings, that which is pure, and that which is virtuous and beautiful.

All teaching that promotes the happiness of humanity represents the essence of Humanistic Buddhism.

── from Renjian Fojiao Yulu (Record of Teachings on Humanistic Buddhism)


A PRAYER FOR EXCURSION AND TRAVEL
by Venerable Master Hsing Yun (1927 - , Fo Guang Shan)
English translation: Shujan Cheng and Tom Manzo

Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
I have often heard, “Read mountains of books,
“Travel thousands of miles.”
I have been attracted to this type
Of carefree life for a long time.
The wonderful example of Sudhana consulting
The fifty-three wise sages is well worth our following!
The practice of past generations of patriarchs
traveling and teaching
In order to seek enlightenment is well worth imitating.
However, there have been so many disasters
Resulting from excursions and travel recently;
There have been so many accidents
Involving boats, cars, and airplanes recently.
Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
Please grant me safety.
And return home safely.
I would like to tell you, Buddha:
In order to improve my knowledge,
I go on excursions and I travel;
In order to learn customs,
I go on excursions and I travel;
In order to increase my experience,
I go on excursions and I travel;
In order to form good affinities,
I go on excursions and I travel.
Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
During excursions and journeys,
May I have the opportunity to foster good,
favorable causes;
May I have the blessed reward of
gaining helpful conditions;
May I be able to understand
the unusual customs of the world;
May I be able to understand clearly the ways of the world.
I would like to express my gratitude:
To you, Buddha,
For your blessing and protection;
To the mountains and rivers and the earth,
For providing me places to enjoy;
To the oceans and the seas,
For allowing me to travel safely;
To the blue sky and white clouds,
For allowing me to grow in strength and be carefree;
To the trees, flowers, and grass,
For allowing me to be completely relaxed and happy.
Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
Because I am able to take even one trip or excursion,
I would like to give thanks:
To my relatives and friends
for their support and assistance,
Which gives me the opportunity to travel;
To my Dharma friends for their help,
Which provides me with modern conveniences;
To the many people who share
my responsibilities at work,
Which allows me to travel unhurriedly;
To the many people who contribute
to my favorable conditions,
Which enables me to gain so much generous treatment.
Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
My whole heart is filled with joy;
My whole heart is filled with gratitude.
Oh great,
compassionate Buddha!
During excursions and travel, I would like to pray to you
To ensure my safety,
To assist my smooth sailing.
Oh great, compassionate Buddha,
Please accept my sincerest prayer!
Oh great, compassionate Buddha,
Please accept my sincerest prayer!

── from Pearls of Wisdom: Prayers for Engaged Living