Does the Dharma assume its existence in the individual?

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Does the Dharma assume its existence in the individual?

Postby Wesley1982 » Fri Mar 30, 2012 7:08 pm

Does the Dharma assume its existence in the individual? thanks.

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Re: Does the Dharma assume its existence in the individual?

Postby Sherab Dorje » Fri Mar 30, 2012 7:23 pm

I am trying to understand your question. Are you asking if the truth/doctrines/teachings of the Buddha are contained within the individual? Or do you mean "does the Dharma assume form through the individual"?
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Re: Does the Dharma assume its existence in the individual?

Postby Wesley1982 » Fri Mar 30, 2012 8:23 pm

gregkavarnos wrote:I am trying to understand your question. Are you asking if the truth/doctrines/teachings of the Buddha are contained within the individual? Or do you mean "does the Dharma assume form through the individual"?


I don't exactly know yet, I just assumed the Dharma was what it was.

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Re: Does the Dharma assume its existence in the individual?

Postby Seishin » Fri Mar 30, 2012 9:03 pm

My understanding is that the Dharma is the truth of all things, that Buddha realised. The Dharma was there before Buddha. All the Buddha did was to put the Dharma in words that we could understand. Does that answer your question?

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Re: Does the Dharma assume its existence in the individual?

Postby Wesley1982 » Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:45 pm

Seishin wrote:Does that answer your question?


Yes.

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Re: Does the Dharma assume its existence in the individual?

Postby Wesley1982 » Sat Mar 31, 2012 3:12 am

gregkavarnos wrote:Are you asking if the truth/doctrines/teachings of the Buddha are contained within the individual?


I read that the Buddha taught the Dharma to many different people for about 40 years. Is this correct?

Or do you mean "does the Dharma assume form through the individual"?


I think the essence of Dharma means a radiant spiritual force that comes up for self-examination of your thoughts.


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