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Technological progress and advances in modern science have led to material improvements that have enhanced the quality of people’s lives on many levels.
Yet, no matter how much we have progressed or how advanced our technology is, there still remain fundamental problems in life that science will never be able to solve. Two of the greatest problems people face are birth and death. No sooner are we born than we must begin to face the problems of sickness and aging, both of which are have always been intensively studied by medical and social researchers; Buddhism is also concerned with sickness, aging, and death. The Buddha was a great doctor and teacher of all humanity, the Dharma is like medicine that can cure both physical and mental problems, and monastics are like nurses that protect all sentient beings. Thus, the Triple Gem is often referred to metaphorically as the doctor, the medicine, and the caregivers.
If we use Buddhism to solve the problems faced by us today, we will discover a prescription with great effectiveness.
People become Buddhists due to certain causes and conditions. The ancients used to say, “A serious practitioner should have a few ailments, for these are what teach us to commit to the Way.” Some people, after experiencing difficulties and setbacks in their lives, want to have something to rely on, so they become Buddhists. Other people become Buddhists because they hear some Buddhist teachings while they are deeply despondent or saddened and feel comforted by them, and this causes them to commit themselves to the Dharma. Some people are confused by life and hope to find answers in the practice of Buddhism.
Still others become ill and discover that life truly is impermanent and filled with suffering and thus embrace the Dharma.
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