Buddhadhamma, aka: Buddha-dhamma; 3 Definition(s)


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Dhamma is nothing other than natural law. Buddhadhamma is a system for describing this natural law and acting in harmony with it. Natural law just happens; the Buddhadhamma is constructed. Because the Buddhadhamma is constructed, it is culturally conditioned. Many elements of this body of teachings conform closely to the natural laws of the human mind; some stray far. People are likewise conditioned by culture and personal history. Where the teachings are in close alignment with natural law, the wholesome impact on a person is reliable regardless of his or her conditioning.

Source: Metta: Living the Teachings

Buddhadhamma.—In the 1970s, Prayudh Payutto was emerging as a major figure in Thai Buddhist scholarship. In 1971, the first edition of his condensation of Buddhist principles, entitled Buddhadhamma: Natural Laws and Values for Life, was published. In the Thai tradition, Buddhadhamma is unique in its use of modern, philosophical questions as major divisions of the text. Most previous books on Buddhism tended to focus on principles and concepts. The first part of the book poses grander pholosophical questions: What is Life?; What is the Nature of Existence?; and What is the Life Process? Part two, however, goes beyond these questions to emphasize how philosophical notions should be put into practice in daily life.

Source: Thai Buddhism: Prayudh Payutto

Buddhadhamma, the teachings of the Buddha (buddhadhamma is a Pali term; in Sanskrit it becomes buddhadharma, and any number of permutations in other languages). The difference between “Buddhism” and buddhadhamma, though, is that buddhadhamma refers specifically to the teachings attributed to the Buddha, the sutta, vinaya and abhidhamma texts; it does not mean “whatever the people we call ‘Buddhists’ happen to do.”

Source: The Indian philosophy blog: On justice and activism in Pali Buddhism

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