Tag: Dharma

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

Buddhist Thoughts: Adverse Circumstances

Adverse circumstances test our courage, our strength of mind, and the depth of our conviction in the Dharma. There is nothing exceptional about practicing Dharma in a good environment and atmosphere. The true test is if we can maintain our practice in adverse conditions. – Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey

When things happen that throw us off our path. If circumstances test us beyond our usual strength and limits. At those times you find out if you are happy with your path: Dharma, Buddha’s teachings.

Following Buddha in a good environment seems easy but following him when things are bad is a challenge. If everyone around you loses their conviction, their path, their Dharma, you have to be the one that stands out.

The leader people respect for not falling off the path but being a rock in the surf.

Be tested. Be strong.

Buddha bless.