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; (3) doctrine, teaching; (4) nibbāna. Also, principles
of behavior that human beings ought to follow so as to fit in with the
right natural order of things;...
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 pure pain or pleasure followed by the pain of parting with it as you still creating conditions for future existance
There are multiple shades of Dukkha as in the ...
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 this we tend to treat the monk's words as more important so being humble is helping us to learn the dhamma.
At the time of the Buddha sunshades and umbrellas ...
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, water, fire, and air). They're all conditioned dhammas. Only Nibbana is the unconditioned one. Further info. is available at Vism.XIV.34
There is no real difference between:
this current moment in life with future moments afterwards with Nirvana as the climax
this current life with a string of lives afterwards with Nirvana as the climax.
The practitioner of the Buddha's teaching, done without ego, needs no future incentive.
We "should" practice to become enlightened and ...
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 happens leaves a trace, or imprint, on the baby mind.
Vijnana: As similar patterns happen again and again, baby begins to recognize them and classify in buckets ...
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 chariot wheel and it is most commonly depicted as having eight spokes, representing the Noble Eightfold Path.
What happens when a chariot wheel is turned?
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 human society with its traditional ways is compared with a chariot ("yana", a word that also means "marching ahead"). Presumably, some sage or a visionary sets ...
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 underlying mechanisms of kamma are not available to be investigated either. However, also in the suttas it is emphazised that the teachings can be tested by ...
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 emperor, who had questions for him.
"I have endowed hundreds of temples and monasteries, and endorsed the ordination of thousands of monks and nuns; what is ...
"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 phrase "Sabbe Dhamma Anatta", I think it's used in contrast to the other two of the three characteristics, i.e.:
The three marks are:
sabbe saṅkhārā ...
-- "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 conditions. When the conditions are unlucky, they are known as "Eight Conditions in Which There is No Freedom to Practice Dharma". When the conditions are lucky,...
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 a person of a different religion could be highly problematic if you are a practicing Buddhist. I have seen some people make it work, but those are mostly ...
from an EBT (early buddhist text) perspective:
☸Dhamma = The Buddha's Teaching.
Dhamma = Natural laws of the universe, like impermanence, death, illness, etc.
dhamma = idea/thought cognizable by the mind (6aya): 💭 manasā dhammaṃ viññāya.
dhamma = thing. A broad term that can mean ...
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 fiction, an expedient mean for achieving a goal (liberation from suffering)?
To me the answer is clear.
Any explanation of reality is a conceptual model. Every ...
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 with the concept of dharma as its primary building block. Dharmas are not nouns because they are not objects. Instead, dharmas are adjectives because they ...
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 positive. Therefore your future existence will not be a good one. It will be one of misery and pain.
The Buddha taught the realism of how misery arises and the way ...
If you are sick or feeling unwell, why see a doctor?
If you live in a cave, why live in a clean modern house?
If you can walk, why drive a car or fly in an airplane?
If you are hungry, why eat?
If you are thirsty, why drink?
If there are no past and future lives, why should we practice Buddhism?
For happiness, ease & well-being.
The Buddha ...
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 Noble Eightfold Path, who assiduously practices the Noble Eightfold Path, comprehends with higher knowledge those states that are to be so comprehended, ...
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-sasana) will disappear. When
the Buddha agreed to create the Bhikkhuni Sangha, he told Ven. Ananda
that the Sasana would last only half as long because of ...
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 cravings.
From Itivuttaka 109:
"Suppose, bhikkhus, a man was being borne along by the current of a
river that seemed pleasant and agreeable. But upon ...
Getting angry or possessive causes suffering. Impermanence does not have to occur. Mere attachment is enough, which is why the 1st noble truth defines all suffering as attachment (upadana).
When Buddha asks "Is what is impermanent suffering or happiness?", he is essentially asking: "Can that which is impermanent bring lasting happiness or are impermanent ...
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 most asians. But are you ungrateful to rice if you refuse to eat spoilt rice? You eat rice when it is healthy to eat. In the same way, agree with scientific ...