The Dhamma of the Buddha: A Complete Guide to Buddhism

 The Dhamma of the Buddha:

The Dhamma, as educated by the Buddha, is tied in with beating disappointment or enduring, which Buddhists call dukkha. The Dhamma alludes to Buddhist regulation and is regularly perceived to mean the lessons of the Buddha.

What is Buddhism? Why this is great religion?


What is Buddhism? It is a religion consisting of a philosophy that teaches a way to happiness through following the six noble truths: there is suffering; the cause of suffering is craving; craving causes unhappiness; following the noble path brings liberation from suffering; and finally, following the noble path gives the opportunity to share happiness.


The 6 Noble Truths


The 6 Noble Truths (Skt: sāmaṇa-sūkkhā, Pali Massana-sutta) are fundamental Buddhist principles. Following the Noble Truths and the Four Noble Truths, it is possible to identify the cause of dukkha and the path to liberation.

The Noble Eightfold Path


The Noble Eightfold Path is the characteristic way of life that contains all the Buddhist teachings and is based on the Noble Truths.

The 5 Precepts of Buddhism

One of the tenets of Buddhism is the five precepts. The precepts are a way to live a happy life.


How To Become a Buddhist?


As a Buddhist, there are no central figures, but there are some practitioners of Buddhism in America. In the West, there is a small community of Buddhists dedicated to training in various Buddhist practices, including meditation and spiritual discussion.


A Guide to Meditation


A form of meditation is popularly called meditation, and there are hundreds of different methods. One way to begin is mindfulness meditation. While there is a form called Vipassana, which is particularly effective, there are others, too.


Meditation Basics


Meditation or Mindfulness meditation helps with stress reduction, stress management, and focus.

How To Become a Buddhist

Buddhist Teachings


Dhamma is The Dhamma. The Dhamma is dharma, that which leads to happiness. In this sense, dhamma means that which leads to happiness. The path of happiness consists of wisdom.

Truth (dharma) leads to happiness. Wisdom (dharma) leads to happiness. Compassion (dhamma) leads to happiness. And finally, renunciation (pabbajja) leads to happiness.

Dhamma is the way to happiness, not the means.

There is no middle path in the spiritual life.

The mind knows all. The mind knows nothing.

The world is a mirror for those who have eyes.

The way to escape the suffering of life is to let go of attachment to all things.

There is no cure for an ill to be sought in self-flagellation, hunger strikes, or religion.

The path to spiritual freedom begins with the realization that no rebirth is necessary.


                          The Four Noble Truths


                          The two truths first taught to the Buddha are the impermanence of phenomena and the non-self nature of the cosmos (“Nitya-that”). These truths are believed to be basic to understanding Buddhist values.


                          The Noble Eightfold Path


                          In Buddhism, the Eightfold Path (Magga) describes the correct path to follow to enlightenment. It involves four groups of acts, that link directly to the enlightenment path:


                          First noble truth: Nature, objects, and phenomena are inconstant and permanent. Second noble truth: there is a middle way between samsara (the cycle of existence) and Nibbana (freedom). Three noble truths: Karma (action, thoughts, and intentions) causes results, there is no self (Buddha) and there is nothing to think about, perceive, or sense.


                          The Eightfold Path


                          The path is a basic guideline for life that states the fundamental doctrines of Buddhism. This path is used as a teaching, ‘meditation’ method, and community service method. It sets out the basis for right living and responsible conduct.


                          Three Refuges


                          A refuge is an act of generosity, like donating to charity. This is meant to suppress desires in a selfless way. The Buddhist refuge usually refers to three: compassion, non-violence, and wisdom.


                          The Eightfold Noble Path


                          The Noble Path is often represented as the ‘eight limbs of a successful life. They are known as paths of purity, paths of goodness, paths of discipline, paths of wisdom, paths of renunciation, paths of monks, and paths of compassion. This path is not what you do, but what you are.


                          Meaning of dhamma in buddhism?

                          Dhamma or Dhammanu, in Buddhism, is an ethical philosophy that can be referred to as the teaching of the Buddha.


                          First, it is called the Noble Truths or simply Truths. It’s composed of these truths that we have seen earlier:


                          * Dhamma is the teaching or the path to be discovered.


                          * Sangha (Sangha means Sangha in Pali, refers to all Buddhists. Sangha refers to all Buddhas and Monks) is the community of Buddhists.


                          * Sacca or Dhamma is the way of life, or more commonly, the path to be lived.


                          * Treatises (vipassana) are the five classes of truth.


                          * Vinaya is the moral code that all Buddhists must follow.


                          * Six Nirvana or the four stages of enlightenment are connected to the Noble Truths.


                          Expectation


                          Our mind is like a parachute that we only use when we really need it to protect us.


                          Buddhist Philosophy


                          The Buddha’s wisdom was usually transmitted to laypeople by monastics, who in turn would pass it on to the laypeople.


                          A topic addressed in much detail by the Buddha, the Pali Dhamma describes a system of conduct for an ideal self and a perfect society based on the best aspects of the three noble truths of impermanence, suffering, and nonself (anicca).

                          The Abhidhamma, a mathematical term, refers to the particular topics covered by the Pali Dhamma. It often combines insight and reasoning in its descriptions of higher reality and describes the interrelations between the dependent and independent realms.


                          Some Pali terms can be misleading and should be explained to understand their true meaning.

                          Happiness and Beyond


                          Even with the Buddha, the Buddha’s teachings can be elusive at times. In fact, there is some confusion about what the Buddha meant, himself.


                          For instance, an argument can be made that Buddhism can still apply to peoples like Indians or the Chinese who have a different traditional Buddhist faith.


                          The point is that the Buddha meant something different than most common people in his time. Many religions and traditions draw upon ancient oral traditions, not just the Buddha. This is something to remember when trying to understand any religion.


                          Dhamma is not just “contemplation,” which is primarily a means of realizing one’s lack of grasping at a self, but an expanded realization of the whole person.

                          How to Meditate like a monk!


                          Think of someone else who needs your assistance. Focus on other people or personal troubles. Often times you can fix someone’s problems if you are willing to do so.


                          Think of good and happy things. You may feel better with time if you are able to. Maybe you need help from a buddy to get you going.


                          Keep track of the time of day. Sometimes distractions happen when you’re supposed to meditate.


                          Set aside one hour to meditate each day. So on the first day, you meditate for 30 minutes. On the second, for 30 minutes. Then, if you continue that same pattern, by the time you reach three days, you will have meditated for 2 hours!


                          * Stress, Anxiety, and Depression


                          Many who have anxiety or depression make an effort to find something that can bring them peace.

                          Conclusion

                          The Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism refers to an extensive amount of Buddha’s teachings. For those of us who are not fluent in Pali, the Pali text has provided an introductory guide on the Buddha’s teachings.

                          If you are an interpreter who would like to be a more effective interpreter, it would be helpful to study the Pali texts in the light of Theravada Buddhism.

                          It would also be helpful to learn some of the Pali phrases and their meanings. Theravada Buddhism does not need to restrict your ability to understand Buddhism or not understand it. The things that matter are within your full understanding and cooperation.

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