In Dhamma I take refuge most.
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#1 Jan 31, 2012
Dear friends and readers,
This article is my own writing. I am not very good in English writing but I try to write my veneration to the Dhamma of the Buddha.
My name is Ricardo da Silva. I live in Myanmar (Burma).
I am a Burmese descended from Portuguese ancestors.
I am a Theravada Buddhist. I take refuge in Tiratana. I take refuge in the Buddha, the Dhamma and the Sangha. But in these three refuges, I take refuge in the Dhamma most.
Why do I take refuge in the Dhamma more than the Buddha and the Sangha?
In these three refuges, the Dhamma is the most important. The Buddha is the person who realizes the Dhamma (esp the Four Noble Truths and Nibbana) without learning from any other person. Buddha realizes Ariya Dhamma by himself. Nobody taught Him what is Ariya Dhamma. The Sangha is the community of the noble persons who realize Ariya Dhamma or ,at least, still trying to realize Ariya Dhamma. Even Buddha and Sangha community venerate Dhamma. Buddha really treasures Dhamma. Sangha continuously safeguards Dhamma not to be extinct because extinction of Dhamma is extinction of Buddhism.
Since the Enlightenment of the Buddhahood, Buddha preached and taught His Ariya Dhamma to men and gods for 45 years, even when he was dying.
Buddha said "One who sees Dhamma sees me.One who sees me sees Dhamma."
The principles of Buddhism are called the "Dhamma," or truth, and involve using meditation to achieve enlightenment and wisdom.
In fact, Dhamma is the teachings of the Buddha. What the Buddha taught is the Dhamma. Buddha taught all living beings, including us, how to attain Nibbana. Buddha also taught how to attain Brahamahood or Deva-hood if you can't effort to attain Nibbana yet. Buddha taught how to avoid four apaya (lower) abodes, that is not to be reborn in one of these abodes. What I mean is Buddha taught not only the higher practises for the Bhikkhus, nuns and practising yogis but also the lower practises for the ordinary worldly people.
To be continued....
#2 Mar 10, 2012
Wrong. The reason we take refuge in Lord Buddha first is because Buddha is the practice and perfection of the Law, whereas DHAMMA is merely theory.
Dhamma teaches you should love all beings as if they are the only child is one thing,to actually practice it and complete it is much harder.
That is why the Buddha refuge is first and the sole refuge in the Mahayana!
The DHAMMA and Sangha refuge depends on the Buddha refuge and are all derived from Lord Buddha.
#3 Mar 10, 2012
Sorry I don't mean you are wrong, but that is the difference between Theravada and Mahayana.
Mahayana has a Buddha core, as the DHAMMA actually becomes a living breathing entity through Lord Buddha. Without Buddha the DHAMMA is empty words. Lord Buddha gives power to these words. In Mahayana, we are completely focused on the LIVING law, The Buddha.
#4 Mar 10, 2012
The living breathing DHAMMA is Lord Buddha's Dhammakaya. This is Lord Buddha's heart seal as described by Huineng.
#5 Mar 10, 2012
Then the Bhagavat said to Aṅgulimâla, "Come, Aṅgulimâla ! Hurry, become a renunciate and take the threefold refuge !"
Then Aṅgulimâla replied to the Bhagavat, uttering these verses,
"This way (yâna) is the Great Way,
also called 'unimpeded awareness/ Knowing';
it is the single way, the sole refuge,
for the Tathâgata is the ultimate refuge.
The Dharma and the Buddha are one thing,
the Tathâgata is the dharma-kâya;
the Saṅgha is the Tathâgata's name,
the Saṅgha itself is the Tathâgata.
The Dharma and the Saṅgha are refuges of expedience,
the Tathâgata is the ultimate refuge of non-expedience;
the Tathâgata is the refuge of those without a refuge,
for that reason I take refuge in the Tathâgata.
Just as those who need to eat hiṅgu should eat hiṅgu,
but if they throw away the hiṅgu and don't eat the hiṅgu preparation,
people in the world won't help themselves and cure their sickness:
even a thousand doctors couldn't cure such impoverished worldlings.
Likewise, those who reject the single refuge
and have recourse to the refuges of expediency,
are thus no different from gnats:
even a thousand buddhas couldn't cure them."
#6 Mar 15, 2012
Hi hello. really Gnats are tiny beautiful animals that loves the sunshine and breathing just like people, yet these animals are subject to the fate of a sadder existence and ending, and not by choice, although in truthfulness they are no less valuable in the purpose of life for what nature or God intended. And they have a more beautiful morality than humans, plus they mostly feed on plants. People are mean coachroaches and liars mostly to advance the self ego.
Buddha was indeed "The Dharma and the Buddha are one thing"
A beautiful light of a human
#7 Mar 17, 2012
Citation, the quote is from the Mahayana Angulimalaya Sutra.
#8 Mar 22, 2012
Hello is so correct Ricardo.
Buddha is the fullfillment of the law of the universe, and is the universe, he is the law of animals and nature, the laws of compassion and understanding of all flesh.
the first. the others follow.
You Buddhist are all very beautiful.
In your Portugal country all the drugs are legal now since 2011. all of them.
Be lucky you or Hello don't live here in Hate-ville.
Even if you don't use drugs. You're a drug user.
Killers and guns, and bow and arrows, and entrapment devices everywhere, for people and animals.
you both live in a silent comfort.
love you all, in Buddha
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