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|−|Kyabjé [[ Dudjom Rinpoche]] gives ten meanings for the term |+|
, quoting from [[ Vasubandhu]] ’s ''The Principles of |+|
|−|Elucidation'' (''Vyakhyayukti'' [ Skt.] , Namshé Rigpa [Tib.] ):<br> |+|
|−|*an object of knowledge, <br> |+|
|−|*the path,<br> |+|
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|−|*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. | |
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==Eight Qualities of the Dharma==
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|−|According to [[Maitreya]]'s ''[[Uttaratantra Shastra]]'', the Dharma has eight qualities of cessation and the path:<br> |+|
|−|Path:<br> | |
|−|1) purity, since free from emotional obscurations<br> | |
|−|2) clarity, since free from cognitive obscurations< br> | |
|−|3) remedy, since it overcomes both obscurations< br> | |
|−|Cessation:< br> | |
|−|4) inconceivable, since beyond concepts<br> | |
|−|5) utterly peaceful, since it is free from karma and disturbing emotions<br> | |
|−|6) unfathomable, since individually cognized<br> | |
|−|And 7) cessation; and 8) the path. | |
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Dharma (Skt.; Tib. ཆོས་, 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.
The Dharma of transmission (Skt. āgama dharma; Tib. ལུང་གི་ཆོས་, Wyl. lung gi chos) consists of the three collections (pitaka): Vinaya, Sutra and Abhidharma.
The Dharma of realization (Tib. རྟོགས་པའི་ཆོས་, tokpé chö, Wyl. rtogs pa'i chos) is the threefold higher training:
- The training in higher discipline, which is the subject matter of the vinaya collection.
- The training in higher meditation, which is the subject matter of the sutra collection.
- The training in higher wisdom, which is the subject matter of the abhidharma collection.
Jikmé Lingpa said that if you understand that meaning of a single verse, that constitutes the Dharma of scripture or transmission, and if you give rise to a virtuous mind for just an instant, that is the Dharma of realization.
Eight Qualities of the Dharma
According to Maitreya's Uttaratantra Shastra, the Dharma has eight qualities of cessation and the path:
- 1) purity, since free from emotional obscurations
- 2) clarity, since free from cognitive obscurations
- 3) remedy, since it overcomes both obscurations
- 4) inconceivable, since beyond concepts
- 5) utterly peaceful, since it is free from karma and disturbing emotions
- 6) unfathomable, since individually cognized
- 7) cessation; and
- 8) the path.
- ↑ tshigs bcad gcig gi don shes na/ de ni lung gi bstan pa yin/dge sems skad cig skyes pa na/ de ni rtogs pa’i bstan pa yin.