In Dhamma I take refuge most.

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In Dhamma I take refuge most.

Post by Ricardo da Silva » Wed Feb 01, 2012 5:56 am

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....
If a man does evil, he should not do it again and again; he should not take delight in it; the accumulation of evil leads to suffering. (Dhammapada 117)

If a man does what is good, he should do it again and again; he should take delight in it; the accumulation of good leads to happiness. (Dhammapada 118)

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Re: In Dhamma I take refuge most.

Post by Ben » Wed Feb 01, 2012 6:33 am

Mingala ba, Ricardo!
Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
with Metta,

“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 Dhamma I take refuge most.

Post by DNS » Wed Feb 01, 2012 6:44 am


Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

Nice article!


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Re: In Dhamma I take refuge most.

Post by retrofuturist » Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:30 am

Greetings Ricardo,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.


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: In Dhamma I take refuge most.

Post by cooran » Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:40 am

Welcome Ricardo!

with metta
---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---

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Re: In Dhamma I take refuge most.

Post by bodom » Wed Feb 01, 2012 11:02 am

Welcome Ricardo!

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo

With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5

"Dont send the mind outside. Watch the mind right at the mind."

- Ajahn Dune Atulo

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Re: In Dhamma I take refuge most.

Post by pilgrim » Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:57 pm

Welcome, Ricardo..
when did your 1st Portuguese ancestor arrive in Yangon? Some settled in Malacca in the 16th century..

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