Wesley1982 wrote:Put in simplified terms - isn't dharma the same thing as the life force of the universe? . .
Wesley1982 wrote:From my perspective I understand the qualities and attributes of dharma or dharmas to represent luminosity or radiance.
PadmaVonSamba wrote:Well, that is not really accurate. How did you arrive at this meaning?
Huifeng wrote:Wesley1982 wrote:What exactly is Dharma? . .
The term has a very broad semantic range. The specific meaning can be narrowed down by the use of singular or plural, masculine or neuter (though note: the use of a capital "D" for "Dharma" is only English usage, Indic languages having no such thing).
Some of the basic meanings include:
dharma = truth;
dharma = laws of the universe;
dharma = righteous behavior (in correspondence to truth);
dharma = prescribed religious actions;
dharma = religious teachings (corresponding to the above);
dharmas = religious practices;
dharmas = mental states (objects of mind as mental organ);
dharmas = fundamental elements of existence;
dharmas = universal elements;
dharmas = qualities (or someone or something);
Knowing which meaning is the right one in a given context takes a fair amount of expertise in Buddhist thought and language. Interpret with care! Blunders can be a problem.
White Lotus wrote:the soto school of zen harks back to Dogen Zenji its founder; this harking back shows respect to the fact that dogen had studied Indian mysticism as well as read the entire buddhist canon... his descendant, Zen patriarch of soto : master Keizan is happy calling dharma nature the ''true self''. tathagata could be taken as meaning ''true self''.
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