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Dharma texts from the Longchen Nyingtik Field of Merit

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.


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

And 7) cessation; and 8) the path.