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Dhamma

Postby Ngawang Drolma. » Wed Jan 07, 2009 9:35 pm

Hi friends,

Do Theravadans believe that dhamma existed before Gotama Buddha?

Thanks,
Drolma


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Re: Dhamma

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Jan 07, 2009 9:46 pm

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Dhamma

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Jan 07, 2009 10:05 pm

One of the incredible features of Buddhism is that a follower can attain to the same level as the founder. For Buddhism, there is no real 'founder' since the Buddha just re-discovered the teachings.

For example, in Judaism, Abraham and Moses are considered the founders who made the covenant with God and provided the Law (Torah) and there cannot be another one to do so. In Christianity, there can only be one Christ. In Islam, Muhammad is considered the seal or final prophet. Whereas, in Buddhism, anyone can attain enlightenment and reach the same wisdom and title as the Buddha, an enlightened one.
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Re: Dhamma

Postby Cittasanto » Wed Jan 07, 2009 10:22 pm

hi
Simple answer Yes
and I see fuller answers have been given so wont add


He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Dhamma

Postby Element » Wed Jan 07, 2009 10:27 pm

The word dhamma means 'that which supports, that which maintains, that which upholds'.

All Indian religions are dhamma and use the word dhamma.

However, Buddha-Dhamma is the Dhamma of the Buddha.

Whilst, this natual truth always existed, it was not known or realised before the Buddha.

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Re: Dhamma

Postby Dhammakid » Thu Jan 08, 2009 1:36 am

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Re: Dhamma

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Jan 08, 2009 3:12 am

Greetings,

Is there any mention anywhere of whether any of these previous Buddhas were inhabitants of other planets or realms?

Space is a pretty big place.

Metta,
Retro. :)
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Dhamma

Postby Ngawang Drolma. » Thu Jan 08, 2009 4:11 am

I just read about the 28 samma-sam-buddhas, Dipankara, and the "Thousand Buddhas."

Thanks for all the good info! :D


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