Buddhism is Ehipassika. That is, anyone can investigate it. It has no national, ethnic, or tribal boundaries. Buddhism to the wise. That is the person who can inquire into something and understand its true falsity. Buddhism is the science that reveals the reality of the world to the world. It is in science. Therefore, its true falsity can be questioned experimentally. But because there are limits to the material, it is done with the mind in mind. That is, through the Oriental scientific framework.
Buddhism is something to be understood. It is not to be believed. Let’s look at a person who offers a flower to a Buddha statue and worships it. One who has a correct understanding of Buddhism sees the reality that takes place in that action with wisdom. But a person who does not understand it sees it as a foolish person falling in front of a pile of stones or cement. Since I too have gone through a period like this, I know clearly that this is simply due to misunderstanding.
Buddhism is More Than a religion. Here the correct Pali etymology of religion needs to be clarified. The word religion literally means doing good to oneself and to others. The word ‘religion’ in the Sutras is the word of the Buddha. For example, Digha Nikaya – Dighagama. But in today’s society, the word religion is widely misused. The main reason for this is the mismatch of Pali words with Sinhala and English words. There is a growing perception in society that all religions are superstitions and beliefs as a result of the superstitious beliefs and beliefs of some people.
Accordingly, the majority today are of the opinion that accepting religion with understanding and living according to it is a tribal act committed by people who lack self-confidence and reject Buddhism without proper consultation. However, since it is not easy for the vast majority of people in today’s society to think deeply about something with an open mind and a broad mind, it is necessary to be kind to such people.