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In simple Terms

Postby Beautiful Breath » Mon Apr 15, 2013 8:58 am

Hi,

I am not very well versed in many Pali terms and whilst in the middle of a debate recently the phrase 'Dhammas' was being used to describe what seemed to be something that doesn't fit into my understanding (Prasangika) of 'realities'.

Can someone clarify what my friends are describing when using 'Dhammas'? The implication seems to be that they're describing an inherently existent phenomena. Is that correct?

BB...

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Re: In simple Terms

Postby Ben » Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:03 am

I don't know because the context of the discussion is not present.

Here is a dictionary entry you might find interesting and hopefully shed some light on the topic.

http://dsal.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/philol ... :2654.pali
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Re: In simple Terms

Postby Ben » Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:32 am

Hi BB,
If you have the inclination - check out Bhikkhu Bodhi's "A comprehensive manual of the Abhidhamma: the Abhidhammathasangaha of Acariya Anurrudha". It will be a worthwhile investment in time (and also money). Bhikkhu Bodhi's notes on the medieval treatise makes the work an excellent introduction to the Abhidhamma literature.
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“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: In simple Terms

Postby cooran » Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:38 am

Hello BB,

This might be a simple start:

http://www.mahindaramatemple.com/e-tipi ... dhamma.htm

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Re: In simple Terms

Postby Ben » Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:01 am

Thank you Tilt - that is excellent!
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
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- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: In simple Terms

Postby Beautiful Breath » Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:17 am

Thanks for your replies everyone - I tend to dive in here when I get the chance...so not being rude if I don't reply immediately!

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