Although the Five Vehicles of Buddhism are means through which one attains Buddhahood, they were expediently taught by Sakyamuni Buddha according to the capabilities of the sentient beings. In reality there is only one vehicle that leads to Buddhahood as is stated in the Lotus Sutra, "In the domain of the Buddhas of the ten directions, there is only One Vehicle of Buddha-dharma, not two nor three, for the rest were taught expediently by the Buddha."

The world that we live in is centred around human beings. We are human beings and so are the practitioners of the other vehicles of Buddhism. The Bodhisattvas are also human beings. Sakyamuni Buddha became Buddha by cultivating as a human being. Not only did Sakyamuni Buddha attained Buddhahood as a human being, so did the previous four Buddhas of this earth. Maitreya Bodhisattva, the Buddha to be, and the remaining nine hundred and ninety-five Buddhas will also

become Buddhas by cultivating as human beings. Thus, Jen Chen Buddhism or the Humanity Vehicle Buddhism, is that vehicle that leads humanity to the Supreme Enlightenment.

Jen Chen Buddhism pays homage to its founder, Sakyamuni Buddha, and practises the deeds of all the Bodhisattvas. It promotes the teachings of Sakyamuni Buddha and emphasises the purity of our thoughts, speech and actions as the fundamental of cultivation. The corner stones of Jen Chen Buddhism are to observe the Five Precepts, the Ten Virtuous Deeds, the Noble Eight-fold Path, and to conduct our lives with dignity and morality so that we may be reborn in the human realm to advance our cultivation, life after life. It is only in the human realm that we have any hope of becoming enlightened.
 

Footnote:

1. Five Precepts: Refrain from killing, stealing, lying, sexual misconduct and consumption of intoxicants.

2. Ten Virtuous Deeds: Refrain from killing, stealing, lying, sexual misconduct, frivolous and meaningless talk, tale bearing, abusive speech, covetousness, ill-will and perverted views.

3. Noble Eight-fold Path: Right view, right understanding, right speech, right livelihood, right action, right effort,right mindfulness, right concentration.


Copyright 2001. Jen Chen Buddhism Centre