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'''Dharma''' (Skt. ''dharma''; Tib. ''chö''; [[Wyl.]] ''chos'') — the word used to refer to the teachings of the [[Buddha]] (Skt. ''Buddhadharma''). It has many shades of meaning, including ‘the spiritual path’, or ‘spirituality’ in general. It also refers to phenomena, meaning things and events. ''See also'' [[Ten meanings of Dharma]].
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'''Dharma''' (Skt. ''dharma''; Tib. ''chö''; [[Wyl.]] ''chos'') — the word used to refer to the teachings of the [[Buddha]] (Skt. ''Buddhadharma''). It has many shades of meaning, including ‘the spiritual path’, or ‘spirituality’ in general. It also refers to phenomena, meaning things and events. ''See also'' [[ten meanings of Dharma]].
  
 
==Subdivisions==
 
==Subdivisions==
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==Eight Qualities of the Dharma==
 
==Eight Qualities of the Dharma==
 
 
According to [[Maitreya]]'s ''[[Uttaratantra Shastra]]'', the Dharma has eight qualities of [[cessation]] and the [[path]]:<br>
 
According to [[Maitreya]]'s ''[[Uttaratantra Shastra]]'', the Dharma has eight qualities of [[cessation]] and the [[path]]:<br>
  
 
Path:<br>
 
Path:<br>
:1) purity, since free from [[emotional obscurations]]<br>
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:1) purity, since free from [[emotional obscurations]]<br>
:2) clarity, since free from [[cognitive obscurations]]<br>
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:2) clarity, since free from [[cognitive obscurations]]<br>
 
:3) remedy, since it overcomes both obscurations<br>
 
:3) remedy, since it overcomes both obscurations<br>
  
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:6) unfathomable, since individually cognized<br>
 
:6) unfathomable, since individually cognized<br>
  
And 7) cessation; and 8) the path.
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And  
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:7) cessation; and  
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:8) the path.
  
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==Further Reading==
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*[[Khenpo Ngawang Palzang]], ''[[A Guide to the Words of My Perfect Teacher]]'', Shambhala, 2004, pages 107-108.
  
 
[[Category:Key Terms]]
 
[[Category:Key Terms]]
 
[[Category:Three Jewels]]
 
[[Category:Three Jewels]]

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Dharma texts from the Longchen Nyingtik Field of Merit

Dharma (Skt. dharma; Tib. chö; Wyl. chos) — the word used to refer to the teachings of the Buddha (Skt. Buddhadharma). It has many shades of meaning, including ‘the spiritual path’, or ‘spirituality’ in general. It also refers to phenomena, meaning things and events. See also ten meanings of Dharma.

Subdivisions

Eight Qualities of the Dharma

According to Maitreya's Uttaratantra Shastra, the Dharma has eight qualities of cessation and the path:

Path:

1) purity, since free from emotional obscurations
2) clarity, since free from cognitive obscurations
3) remedy, since it overcomes both obscurations

Cessation:

4) inconceivable, since beyond concepts
5) utterly peaceful, since it is free from karma and disturbing emotions
6) unfathomable, since individually cognized

And

7) cessation; and
8) the path.

Further Reading