The Dharma refers to the Buddha’s Teaching. It comes along with the Three Treasures: The Buddha, The Dharma, and the sangha; the sangha being the students and followers of the Buddha-Dharma.
There are many kinds of dharma’s (worldly truths) in the world. These are given by wise people and sages, and by those who engage in relative wisdom’s that apply to some people and not to others, and so they are limited as to their perspectives and opinions. But the Buddha-Dharma is universal in that it is applying to all people, without any exception.
The Buddha’s Journey of Awakening
Roger Adams 8/7/2017
After taking six steps (or stages), the Buddha bathed in a nearby river, and sat under the Bodhi tree and meditated deeply. This was to be his seventh and last step. Gazing up into the heavens he saw a morning star brightly shining and identified with it, and according to his biographers came up with his birth shout of total independence.
Above the heavens
and below the heavens,
alone, I am noble.
Originally, he began his efforts as a monk along with others, seeking spiritual realization. This led him into the Pure Soul of the Brahman or Hindu ideal of religion. This involved extreme physical and mental practices plus intensive study of the holy scriptures. Yet increasingly, he was being tormented by all kinds of evil spirits like the devil king, Mara; or marching armies, dancing girls, beseeching gods, and so forth, until it all finally collapsed as he exclaimed: “Oh Avidia”, “Oh Darkness”. He was near starvation as he exhausted all his self-power efforts that failed.
So in all his efforts to find the absolute immutable Soul, a likeness next to God; he now saw it as a delusion, as an entity existing outside of himself and therefore impossible as a dichotomous relationship between subject and object. Thus he established the basis of impermanence in which there is no fixed soul.
The fixed ego is the basis for the fixed soul, and since the ego-self was extinguished the so-called “soul” was extinguished as well. Therefore, he cleared out the fixed soul and all the external gods to realize total independence that set him free.
The true soul exists in the rhythm of life. Just as when the heart beats we have the circulation of blood; so too, the totality of the rhythm of life creates organic living life. We can call this circulation, the rhythm of life, as the true soul. The very power that exists within this soul pops up as a shout, evidenced by Buddha’s birth shout. The spark of freshness in a breathing, living life is what is so noble. The spirit and will of the natural man.
The soul then becomes universal as the One Soul of the universe. His awakening is his enlightenment. Most surely his hands were clasped together at that time in reverence to life itself, which through all his efforts and ultimate confession was so difficult to attain. He walked away from this place, never to return. Now out of compassion, he became a Bodhisattva in the world, to help and give life to all those who were lonely and afflicted.
The spacious freedom, peace and life was his immortality. That which comes to us by way of the Buddha-Dharma is what we can now listen, hear, and awaken to. All people have a noble noble self, alive without the burdens of self-attachment which prevents one’s total freedom. Freedom is what we all want, a fully independent and self-realized person, I as I.
Tonight is the night of the full moon,
shining so brightly and clearly in the deep sky.
The Buddha’s Teaching:
Make unto yourself your own light.
Depend on no one else for your brightness.
Seek no external entity, but follow the Dharma
and listen to it carefully – then you shall be free.