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Today we see an increasing number of people around the world starting to practice Buddhism However not many people truly understand what Buddhism is Therefore this becomes a very important topic What exactly is Buddhism We need to understand it clearly Buddhism is a most virtuous and perfect education directed by the Buddha towards all sentient beings in the nine realms How can we tell that Buddhism is an education First we can tell from the way we call Buddha Shakyamuni our Original Teacher that he is the founder of Buddhism and that we are his students From this it is very apparent that the Buddha and we share a teacher-student relationship This is only found in education If Buddhism is his teaching who then is the Buddha Buddha is a Sanskrit word meaning wisdom and enlightenment However this wisdom is not the worldly wisdom we think of today Broadly speaking the Buddhas wisdom is the ability to ultimately perfectly and correctly comprehend the true reality of life and the universe in the past present and future One who has perceived this wisdom is called a Buddha Buddha Shakyamuni told us that all sentient beings including ourselves possess this innate wisdom and ability Thus Buddhism regards all beings equally Although we are equal in origin presently we cannot see this because everyones wisdom and abilities differ In our society there are those who are intelligent and those who are not those with great ability and those with less How do these things come about The Buddha told us that they are due to our varying degrees of delusion Our innate wisdom and abilities are temporarily lost due to this delusion but are not truly or permanently lost If we can break through this delusion then we will be able to recover these abilities Therefore the Buddhas teachings show us how to rid ourselves of delusion and to uncover our innate abilities It is
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