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Can anyone briefly explain what is Dhamma?

The term dhamma has multiple meanings in Buddhism. Dhamma is defined in the accesstoinsight.org glossary page as: dhamma [Skt. dharma]:(1) Event; a phenomenon in and of itself; (2) mental quality;...
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Why is dukkha bad?

Dukkha arises from any feeling which you would perceive: pain - this on itself is painful pleasure - this is painful when you part with it neither pleasure nor painful - this will also change into ...
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Can someone provide explanation on dependent origination

okay, since you asked for a simple explanation... this is about as simple as I can make it: Avidya: A newborn baby has no memories nor concepts, just a potential to learn. Samskaras: Everything that ...
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Why must we not wear a hat or cap when listen or teach Dhamma?

This rule has very archaic origins. When listening to a monk explaining the dhamma we normally put the monk in a more respected position (e.g. sitting in a chair while we sit on the floor); when we do ...
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Two unconditioned dhammas?

Space is one of the 24 kinds of derived-materiality (UpadayaRupa), which is one of the 2 kinds of materiality (the other is primary-materiality, BhutaRupa, which is composed of the 4 elements of earth,...
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If there are no past and future lives, why should we practice Buddhism?

There is no real difference between: this current moment in life with future moments afterwards with Nirvana as the climax and this current life with a string of lives afterwards with Nirvana as ...
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What is meant by setting the "wheel" of Dharma in motion?

You can read about the Dharma Wheel or Dharmachakra in the article "The Dharma Wheel (Dharmachakra) Symbol in Buddhism" by Barbara O'Brien. In this article, it is stated that the Dharma Wheel is a ...
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What is meant by setting the "wheel" of Dharma in motion?

What is meant by setting the "wheel" of Dharma in motion? Why is it called a wheel? Here is my interpretation based on "things I heard here and there" (so not official): In this ancient metaphor, a ...
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How can we make compatible the 'ehipassiko' aspect of the Dhamma with the faith aspects of it?

In this sutta (https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an04/an04.077.than.html), it is explained that the power of Gotama Buddha as a sammasambuddha cannot or should not be conjecture about; the ...
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What makes "Dhamma" worthy of worship?

Bodhidharma is the legendary founder of Zen in China. He is said to have arrived in China about 520 CE. (Buddhism had by then been known in China for about 400 years.) He was soon summoned to the ...
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What is the meaning of the word Dhamma?

"Dhamma" is a complicated word, or a simple word that's used in many different contexts. Here is a definition. I'd summarise it to myself as "described thing" or "anything you can identify". In the ...
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Why have I awoken Now?

-- "why is it that in this life time I have became obsessively bent to attain nibbana" There is a traditional Buddhist teaching that explains this Awakening through a combination of lucky causes and ...
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Choosing a Buddhist partner ain't beneficial to spreading Dhamma?

Choose a person with compatible generosity, compatible morality, compatible faith and compatible wisdom. That means even among Buddhists, you still have to filter out the potential spouses. Marrying ...
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What is the correct meaning of dhamma, dharma, atta, anatta?

from an EBT (early buddhist text) perspective: http://lucid24.org/tped/d/dhamma/index.html#dhammamsutva ☸Dhamma, dhamma ☸Dhamma = The Buddha's Teaching. Dhamma = Natural laws of the universe, like ...
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The thorny issue of anatta

There are several questions brought up here. One I see you asking: is the entire teaching of Buddha- with everything it has to offer -- is a true explanation of reality or is it merely a useful ...
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What does 'passing away of dhamma' mean in Satipatthana sutta?

The materialistic mindset invented language built around the key notion of objects. Objects are represented by nouns. In contrast to that, the spiritual mindset or the mind-over-matter mindset came up ...
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If there are no past and future lives, why should we practice Buddhism?

Life does not end with the moment of death. A new birth is taken based on the last thought that came at the time of death. If you it is suicide, the thoughts towards the end of your life are not ...
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What does it mean to "see the Dhamma"

In "seeing the Dhamma", it's figuratively said, that is he witnessed for him self experientially the nature of reality, as opposed to intellectually understanding it. "[A] monk who cultivates the ...
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Sources on the lifespan of Dhamma

Please see the essay "The Coming Buddha, Ariya Metteyya" by Ven. Sayagyi U Chit Tin: During the period from the time of Buddha Gotama to the minimum life span, the Buddha's Dispensation (Buddha-...
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How can I escape the suffering of losing my father?

Let go of what is going to cause the suffering. I.e. your attachment towards him. Practice Satipattana meditation.
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I do not know what is my Dhamma anymore; Can anyone help?

Following the Dhamma towards the end of suffering, is not doing the natural thing. It's actually doing what's opposite to what's natural. It's going against the current. What is natural is to follow ...
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Is what is impermanent always the cause of suffering?

Is what is impermanent always the cause of suffering? It's not. The cause of suffering is your Identification with the Impermanent.
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Am I a man of integrity?

Your dog guards your house from robbers and other criminals. But if it barks at your friends and relatives, shouldn't you shush it? Is that being ungrateful to the dog? Rice is the staple diet of ...

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