Most important bit of dharma?

A discussion on all aspects of Theravāda Buddhism
Dinsdale
Posts: 6135
Joined: Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:32 am
Location: Andromeda looks nice

Most important bit of dharma?

Post by Dinsdale » Sun Jul 25, 2010 9:38 am

What in your view is the most important bit of dharma?

Please select one item only from the various lists, eg one element from the 8-fold path, or one of the 3 characteristics or 5 precepts, etc.

I'm going for the 3rd Noble Truth. :smile:

P
Buddha save me from new-agers!

User avatar
tiltbillings
Posts: 23044
Joined: Wed Dec 31, 2008 9:25 am

Re: Most important bit of dharma?

Post by tiltbillings » Sun Jul 25, 2010 9:40 am

Mindfulness
>> Do you see a man wise [enlightened/ariya] in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.<< -- Proverbs 26:12

This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond. -- SN I, 38.

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” HPatDH p.723

User avatar
appicchato
Posts: 1603
Joined: Wed Dec 31, 2008 12:47 am
Location: Bridge on the River Kwae

Re: Most important bit of dharma?

Post by appicchato » Sun Jul 25, 2010 11:36 am

...,purify the mind...

User avatar
Stiphan
Posts: 1525
Joined: Sat Jan 10, 2009 2:53 pm
Contact:

Re: Most important bit of dharma?

Post by Stiphan » Sun Jul 25, 2010 12:35 pm

Dispassion

User avatar
bodom
Posts: 6267
Joined: Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:18 pm
Location: San Antonio, Texas

Re: Most important bit of dharma?

Post by bodom » Sun Jul 25, 2010 1:04 pm

Non-self

:anjali:
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 no struggling, no thinking,
the mind, still,
will see cause and effect
vanishing in the Void.
Attached to nothing, letting go:
Know that this is the way
to allay all stress.

- Upasika Kee Nanayan

PeterB
Posts: 3909
Joined: Tue Feb 17, 2009 12:35 pm

Re: Most important bit of dharma?

Post by PeterB » Sun Jul 25, 2010 1:15 pm

porpoise wrote:What in your view is the most important bit of dharma?

Please select one item only from the various lists, eg one element from the 8-fold path, or one of the 3 characteristics or 5 precepts, etc.

I'm going for the 3rd Noble Truth. :smile:

P
Its all of a piece, a seamless whole.

User avatar
DNS
Site Admin
Posts: 11922
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 4:15 am
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, Estados Unidos de América
Contact:

Re: Most important bit of dharma?

Post by DNS » Sun Jul 25, 2010 1:37 pm

How can I choose only one?

Okay, easy:

Samma Ditthi (Right Understanding)

That covers everything; understanding of the Four Noble Truths, the way to end suffering, and the Path out of suffering. :tongue:

User avatar
OcTavO
Posts: 101
Joined: Tue Sep 08, 2009 3:27 am

Re: Most important bit of dharma?

Post by OcTavO » Sun Jul 25, 2010 2:15 pm

The Buddha seemed to hint that Paticca-samuppada what the single most important concept of understanding the Dhamma.

But with the state of the world at present, I'd have to say the most important thing the Dhamma has to offer right now is Compassion.

User avatar
adosa
Posts: 267
Joined: Thu Apr 09, 2009 11:08 pm

Re: Most important bit of dharma?

Post by adosa » Sun Jul 25, 2010 2:38 pm

Kindness.........(thank you, Dalai),


adosa
"To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas" - Dhammapada 183

User avatar
martin.bara1
Posts: 5
Joined: Thu Jul 22, 2010 6:21 am
Location: Slovakia, Central Europe

Re: Most important bit of dharma?

Post by martin.bara1 » Sun Jul 25, 2010 3:51 pm

having questions that moves you toward enlightenment ;)

User avatar
dhamma_spoon
Posts: 145
Joined: Sun Jul 11, 2010 2:12 pm

Re: Most important bit of dharma?

Post by dhamma_spoon » Sun Jul 25, 2010 3:57 pm

tiltbillings wrote:Mindfulness
Hi, Tiltbillings -
how about heedfulness (apamada)? :yingyang:

Tep
----
A soup spoon does not know the taste of the soup.
A dhamma spoon does not know the taste of the Dhamma!

User avatar
IanAnd
Posts: 403
Joined: Mon Oct 19, 2009 5:19 am
Location: the deserts of Arizona

Re: Most important bit of dharma?

Post by IanAnd » Sun Jul 25, 2010 4:07 pm

David N. Snyder wrote:How can I choose only one?

Okay, easy:
Samma Ditthi (Right Understanding)

That covers everything; understanding of the Four Noble Truths, the way to end suffering, and the Path out of suffering. :tongue:
David is correct here. There is no "one most important" item of Dhamma that can be deemed the most important. The practice of the Dhamma is a response to a process: a process that is made up of many moving parts, the process of being born into the physical realms with a body and a mind. Every element of that process must be addressed if the "person" is to become "free" from the constraint that can be imposed upon it through ignorance of how that process works. So, in this respect, David is absolutely correct to point out the dependent (further hint, hint) nature of the process itself. :bow:

That said and properly digested, my first thought is to agree with Tilt and "mindfulness." That is, mindfulness based upon a "correct understanding" (samma ditthi, with thanks to David) of several other factors that make up the teaching of the Dhamma. Within that context, then, mindfulness is unquestionably indispensable, as it informs our every moment of activity. Yet, as mentioned before, with the caveat that the whole of this process is kept in mind.
"The gift of truth exceeds all other gifts" — Dhammapada, v. 354 Craving XXIV

User avatar
Bhikkhu Pesala
Posts: 3754
Joined: Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:17 pm

Re: Most important bit of dharma?

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Sun Jul 25, 2010 5:14 pm

The most important bit is the one that you're able to make use of at the moment.
BlogPāli FontsIn This Very LifeBuddhist ChroniclesSoftware (Upasampadā: 24th June, 1979)

Kenshou
Posts: 1030
Joined: Sun Nov 15, 2009 12:03 am
Location: Minneapolis, MN

Re: Most important bit of dharma?

Post by Kenshou » Sun Jul 25, 2010 6:38 pm

OcTavO wrote:
But with the state of the world at present, I'd have to say the most important thing the Dhamma has to offer right now is Compassion.
Hmm, what exactly do you mean by that? The dhamma doesn't work anymore and so we should just work on gaining merit? Or, people these days are nastier than they used to be, so we better put alotta extra effort into counteracting that? Or we're all more depressed so we should be kinder? For what reason is compassion more important than in the past?

Though I wasn't there to know for myself, I sort of doubt that the human mind is all that different for the better or worse than how it used to be.

Don't mind me, just probing.

User avatar
acinteyyo
Posts: 1691
Joined: Mon Jun 01, 2009 9:48 am
Location: Bavaria / Germany

Re: Most important bit of dharma?

Post by acinteyyo » Sun Jul 25, 2010 6:51 pm

Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:The most important bit is the one that you're able to make use of at the moment.
very :goodpost: :anjali:
Thag 1.20. Ajita - I do not fear death; nor do I long for life. I’ll lay down this body, aware and mindful.

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Baidu [Spider], Google [Bot], JohnK, kamui and 87 guests