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===Ten Meanings of Dharma===
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'''Dharma''' [Skt.] (Tib. ''chö''; [[wyl.]] ''chos'') - The word used to refer to the teachings of the [[Buddha]]. 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]].
  
Kyabjé [[Dudjom Rinpoche]] gives ten meanings for the term
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==Subdivisions==
Dharma, quoting from [[Vasubandhu]]’s ''The Principles of
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*[[Dharma of transmission]]
Elucidation'' (''Vyakhyayukti'' [Skt.], Namshé Rigpa [Tib.]):<br>
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*[[Dharma of realization]]
*an object of knowledge,<br>
 
*the path,<br>
 
*nirvana,<br>
 
*a mental object,<br>
 
*merit,<br>
 
*life,<br>
 
*teachings of the Buddha,<br>
 
*what is subject to age or change,<br>
 
*religious vows, and<br>
 
*spiritual tradition.<br>
 
They all relate to the sense of ‘holding’, which is the meaning of
 
''dhr'', the root of the word Dharma.
 
  
===Eight Qualities of the Dharma===
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==Eight Qualities of the Dharma==
  
According to [[Maitreya]]'s ''[[Uttaratantra Shastra]]'', the Dharma has eight qualities of cessation and the path:<br>
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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>
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:3) remedy, since it overcomes both obscurations<br>
  
 
Cessation:<br>
 
Cessation:<br>
4) inconceivable, since beyond concepts<br>
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:4) inconceivable, since beyond concepts<br>
5) utterly peaceful, since it is free from karma and disturbing emotions<br>
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:5) utterly peaceful, since it is free from karma and disturbing emotions<br>
6) unfathomable, since individually cognized<br>
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:6) unfathomable, since individually cognized<br>
  
 
And 7) cessation; and 8) the path.
 
And 7) cessation; and 8) the path.

Revision as of 07:09, 11 June 2007

Dharma [Skt.] (Tib. chö; wyl. chos) - The word used to refer to the teachings of the Buddha. 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.