Exploring Buddhism (A Quest Book) by Christmas Humphreys

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Comprehensible evaluate of the 3 major colleges of Buddhism: Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana.

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Shall I in given circumstances take the line of least resistance? This may in fact be ‘right’ but I am choosing it for self-ish convenience, for the advantage and comfort of self. Enter the voice of conscience, the advice of the accumu­ lated wisdom of past experience, and the suffering which wrong choice entailed. Enter, too, a medley of voices from old prejudice, suppressed desires, habit of choice, neurotic fears and downright laziness of temperament. Is there a well-lit picture of the ideal action, and is the will of sufficient strength to drive the machine of self-hood along that way?

Is there a well-lit picture of the ideal action, and is the will of sufficient strength to drive the machine of self-hood along that way? If so, the balance of operating forces is changed, and changed materially. Karma has been modified, and the net resultant of past causes is now materially different. For I, the actor, and the scene about me are alike in constant flux, and what was ‘right’ and therefore my duty, a moment ago, is no longer quite so ‘right’, or it may be more so. For the stream of life, together with its actor and its scenery, flows on, and we that play our parts upon the moving stage must move accordingly.

But first we go over the Precipice of self, and climb the Mountain on which Buddhi dwells. Good travelling! 58 7 The Buddhist Concept of Dharma The word Dharma (Pali: Dhamma) has many meanings, so many that it is, like certain other Sanskrit terms, virtually untranslatable into English by any one word. Law, Teaching, Righteousness, the Norm, all these have been suggested, but it is with the aspect of the term as Duty that we are here concerned. The basic idea is form, in the English sense of ‘good form’, or the conduct appropriate to any given occasion.

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