What exactly is Dharma?

General discussion, particularly exploring the Dharma in the modern world.
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Re: What exactly is Dharma?

Postby Wesley1982 » Thu May 10, 2012 8:04 pm

Put in simplified terms - isn't dharma the same thing as the life force of the universe? . .

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Re: What exactly is Dharma?

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The Chinese characters are Fo (buddha) and Ming (bright). The image is of a student of Buddhism, who, imagining himself to be a monk, and not understanding the true meaning of the words takes the sound of the words literally. Likewise, People on web forums sometime seem to be foaming at the mouth.
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Re: What exactly is Dharma?

Postby Wesley1982 » Sat May 12, 2012 5:54 pm

From my perspective I understand the qualities and attributes of dharma or dharmas to represent luminosity or radiance.

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Re: What exactly is Dharma?

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Re: What exactly is Dharma?

Postby PadmaVonSamba » Sat May 12, 2012 6:16 pm

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The Chinese characters are Fo (buddha) and Ming (bright). The image is of a student of Buddhism, who, imagining himself to be a monk, and not understanding the true meaning of the words takes the sound of the words literally. Likewise, People on web forums sometime seem to be foaming at the mouth.
Original painting by P.Volker /used by permission.

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Re: What exactly is Dharma?

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Re: What exactly is Dharma?

Postby White Lotus » Sun May 13, 2012 3:12 pm

wesley, in order to see the dharma naure you must go beyond all names and forms. drop all names and drop all forms until you arrive at a state of seeing that is beyond. then going beyond the beyond you come back to the within and see that the beyond is within and as all things.

life force is still something, it is a name, a form that animates the universe perhaps, go to the root of the ''nameless'' and then you will be getting somewhere that definitely bears the fruit of seeing.

as long as you are attached to a name; you are in the same state as a donkey attached to a tether for 10,000 years.

vows of ''renunciation'' are important, the buddha had renounced everything and nothingness, he went beyond dualities and pairs of every sort. according to Grand Master Dogen the buddha had even arrived at the stage ''beyond buddhahood''. he had dropped off body mind and even buddhahood.

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Re: What exactly is Dharma?

Postby Wesley1982 » Sun May 13, 2012 8:46 pm

Don't forget that Buddhism is not Orthodox Christianity.

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Re: What exactly is Dharma?

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Re: What exactly is Dharma?

Postby PadmaVonSamba » Mon May 14, 2012 3:08 am

dharma धर्म [ dhár-ma ] m. established order, usage, institution, custom, prescription; rule; duty; virtue, moral merit, good works; right; jus tice; law

It is often part of another word, which helps to defineits usage in different contexts. More here:
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Re: What exactly is Dharma?

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Re: What exactly is Dharma?

Postby justsit » Mon May 14, 2012 10:36 pm

Maybe start with finding a true self.
Is there one?

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Re: What exactly is Dharma?

Postby Wesley1982 » Mon May 14, 2012 10:44 pm

the physical body of the individual is the "self" . .

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Re: What exactly is Dharma?

Postby justsit » Mon May 14, 2012 11:08 pm

Is the whole body the self? Or just part of it? What part?
Is it in the arm? the feet? or??

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Re: What exactly is Dharma?

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Re: What exactly is Dharma?

Postby justsit » Mon May 14, 2012 11:19 pm

So if you have an accident and cut off your arm, does your self go away?

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Re: What exactly is Dharma?

Postby Wesley1982 » Tue May 15, 2012 12:37 am

No.

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Re: What exactly is Dharma?

Postby justsit » Tue May 15, 2012 12:47 am

So your self isn't in your arm!
Now using the same reasoning, you can explore your whole body and see if you can find a self.

This exchange is getting off topic, you might find these teachings on the same subject of interest -

kinda basic and
more in depth - and post your questions in a new thread.

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Re: What exactly is Dharma?

Postby Wesley1982 » Wed May 16, 2012 7:01 pm

What I've found I can do realistically is contribute to the Dharma in my daily actions and lifestyle.

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Re: What exactly is Dharma?

Postby Andrew108 » Wed May 16, 2012 8:15 pm

Wesley. I think you are doing a good job. Keep it up.
The Blessed One said:

"What is the All? Simply the eye & forms, ear & sounds, nose & aromas, tongue & flavors, body & tactile sensations, intellect & ideas. This, monks, is called the All. Anyone who would say, 'Repudiating this All, I will describe another,' if questioned on what exactly might be the grounds for his statement, would be unable to explain, and furthermore, would be put to grief. Why? Because it lies beyond range." Sabba Sutta.


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