Buddhism is a religion that teaches and emphasizes the importance of ending the revolving wheel of birth and death.
The word “Buddhadharma” refers to the Buddhist teachings. Buddhists refer to the Buddha’s teachings as “Buddhadharma.”
When the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua was lecturing on the Prologue to the Avatamsaka Sutra, he explained Buddhism in this way:
“Buddhism is a religion that teaches people to end birth and death…
“Buddhism is just the Teaching of living beings. If there were no living beings, there wouldn’t be any Buddhism. And the Teaching of living beings is just the Teaching of the Mind. Every person has a mind, and it is that teaching. That teaching is not obtained from outside. You have it to start with. If you believe that teaching, you have that teaching; and if you don’t believe that teaching, you still have that teaching, because everyone has a mind. You can’t say you don’t have a mind. If you didn’t have a mind, that teaching wouldn’t exist, and without that teaching there wouldn’t be living beings. And if there were no living beings, there wouldn’t be Buddhas either. That’s the name I give it: the Teaching of living beings, and the Teachings of the Mind – Buddhism. The three names refer to the same thing…
“When you study Buddhism, what in fact do you study? You study Enlightenment, going back to the origin, returning to the source. It means enlightening to what you are not enlightened to.”
Buddhism teaches a unique Way to Enlightenment.
In the Avatamsaka Sutra, a verse says:
“The Buddhadharma is subtle, wondrous, and profound.
It is beyond words and ineffable.
Neither combined nor uncombined,
It is still and quiescence in nature, devoid of marks.”