The Dharmakaya. The Truth Body.

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Re: The Dharmakaya. The Truth Body.

Postby KevinSolway » Sun Nov 13, 2011 4:47 pm

The simplest way to explain Dharmadhātu is that it is all of Reality, but conceived as all its elements (as a single category) rather than as a whole.

For example, a cake might be the "body" (kaya) but the slices are the elements (dhātu).

In the case of the Dharmakaya (the Truth-Body, the All) then the elements would be things like matter, phenomena, concepts, etc, and are therefore, together, called Dharmadhātu (Truth-element)

All the slices of the cake are absolutely identical to the cake, but are given a different name, because they are conceived as slices rather than as a cake.

Tu-shun splits the Dharmadhātu, which is a single category, up into its various constituent elements.
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Re: The Dharmakaya. The Truth Body.

Postby deepbluehum » Sun Nov 13, 2011 5:00 pm

KevinSolway wrote:The simplest way to explain Dharmadhātu is that it is all of Reality, but conceived as all its elements (as a single category) rather than as a whole.

For example, a cake might be the "body" (kaya) but the slices are the elements (dhātu).

In the case of the Dharmakaya (the Truth-Body, the All) then the elements would be things like matter, phenomena, concepts, etc, and are therefore, together, called Dharmadhātu (Truth-element)

All the slices of the cake are absolutely identical to the cake, but are given a different name, because they are conceived as slices rather than as a cake.


Or you can go with what the Buddha said, and ignore imposters.
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Re: The Dharmakaya. The Truth Body.

Postby Sherab Dorje » Sun Nov 13, 2011 5:17 pm

KevinSolway wrote:Tu-shun splits the Dharmadhātu, which is a single category, up into its various constituent elements.
Hmmm... Interesting, but overly complicated, unnecessarily so. Well that's just my opinion. Thank you for bringing it to our notice.
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