Buddhist Thought: Explaining Dharma

Explaining many profound dharmas is easy; living them yourself is hard. – Adept Godrakpa, “Hermit of Go Cliffs”

Dharma is defined as the “state of law”, “things you do or agreed to do”, “laws you follow”.
Dharma is about the system that Buddha taught.

So going out there, like I do, and write about my inspirational or Buddhist thoughts on a weekly basis, is easy. I agree.
Living all of those is hard.

It is easy to think that you forgive everyone or that you are happy for your enemies. You know it is right.

But actually doing it?
Living by example?

I thought that in 2006 when attending Buddhist classes that I never really understood what Buddhism is about. I have now understood quite clearly what it is about. I like to think so anyway. But discussing Buddhism with a friend the other day, I realised that he was asking a lot of questions that I found difficult to answer. Those questions were about the difference between Christianity and Buddhism. My conclusion was that the main difference I could see is that Buddhism doesn’t operate with a god as such and is less formalised.

I am not sure whether I am right or wrong. I probably should meditate on that one a bit more.

But the bottom line is that it is much easier to explain Buddhism in theory than to live it.

Have a wonderful day,
Volker