Buddhadhamma, Buddha-dhamma: 4 definitions

Introduction

Buddhadhamma means something in Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: Metta: Living the Teachings

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: Thai Buddhism: Prayudh Payutto

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

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.”

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Buddhadhamma refers to: Buddhahood Miln. 276; pl. condition or attributes of a B. J. I, 20; referred to as 6 at Nd1 143= Nd2 466 (bhāgī channaṃ °ānan ti Bhagavā), as 18 at Miln. 105, 285. Kern (Manual & Grundriss III, 8, p. 63) gives (after Lal. Vist. 183, 343) the foll. 18 āveṇikadharmas (“extraordinary qualities”) as such: (1) seeing all things past, (2) present, (3) future, (4) propriety of actions of the body, (5) of speech, (6) of thought, (7) firmness of intuition, (8) of memory, (9) of samādhi, (10) of energy, (11) of emancipation, (12) of wisdom, (13) freedom from fickleness, (14) noisiness, (15) confusedness, (16) hastiness, (17) heedlessness, (18) inconsiderateness.—pañha the name given to one question asked by Sāriputta, which the paribbājikā Kuṇḍalakesī was unable to answer DhA. II, 225.—pasanna finding one’s happiness, or believing in the B. Vin. IV, 39.—putta son of the B. said of bhikkhus or arahants Miln. 143, cp. S. III, 83: puttā Buddhassa orasā.—bala the force of a B. (iddibala & paññā°) Bu I. 3.—bījaṅkura a future B. Bu II. 71.—bhāva condition of a B. enlightenment J. I, 14, 147 (abuddhabhāva un-buddhahood, of Devadatta); DA. I, 1.—bhūmi the ground of Buddhahood Bu II. 175.—manta mystic verses of a B. DA. I, 248.—māmaka devotedly attached to the B. DhA. I, 206 (+Dhamma°, Saṅgha°).—rakkhita saved by the B. (Np.) SnA 534 (+Dhamma°).—rasmi (pl. °iyo) rays shining forth from the person of the Buddha; they are of 6 colours J. I, 501; SnA 132; Mhbv 6, 15, 38; VvA. 207; DhsA. 13.—rūpa form or figure of the B. Vism. 228 (Mārena nimmita, cp. Divy 162, 166; Buddha-nirmāṇa the magic figure of the B.).—līḷha (& °līḷhā) deportment, ease, grace of a Buddha J. I, 54; Mhbv 39; DhA. I, 33; II, 41.—vacana the word (teaching) of the Buddha Miln. 17; KhA 13; SnA 274, 331.—visaya the sphere (of wonder), the range, scope or power of a Buddha (cp. buddha-khetta) DhA. I, 33; II, 199; SnA 154, 228.—veneyya one able to be led to enlightenment, accessible to Buddha’s teaching SnA 15, 331.—sāsana the teaching (instructions) of the B. Dh. 368, 381.—sukumāla delicate, sensitive (to fatigue), as Buddhas are DhA. I, 5. Buddhaka (-°) (adj.) (fr. buddha) in cpd. dvaṅgula-buddhikā (f.) possessing insight as much as 2 finger-breadths VvA. 96.—The °ka belongs to the whole cpd. (Page 488)

Note: buddhadhamma is a Pali compound consisting of the words buddha and dhamma.

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context information

Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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