This is a site dedicated to explore the Dhamma or the “laws of nature” as discovered by the Buddha 2500 years ago. Even though I am a Buddhist by birth, I never bothered to look into the question of why I was a Buddhist. When I retired several years ago, I first started reading widely on many subjects, including science, philosophy, and religion.
- When I started to glean the deep message of the Buddha, I realized that I had not known much about my own “religion”, and that it had been “contaminated” over its long history. For the past several years, I have been working exclusively on trying to find the essence of the message of the Buddha. This is the result of that effort, which I wanted to share with the rest of the world.
- You can read about me at , “About“.
There seem to be three types of people who become interested in “Buddhism”:
- Those who have gone through hardships see that there is suffering “in this world”, and seeking solutions.
- Those who are getting to the old age and are beginning to see that despite a lot of struggles, there are signs that whatever that has been achieved so far is masked by possible problems looming in the future (aging, various ailments, not been able to get satisfaction from those things that provided satisfaction before, etc).
- Those who are intellectually motivated. They have been exposed to Dhammapada verses or some other types of sayings by the Buddha which appear to provide a glimpse of a broader world view.
And some of those have been to meditation retreats and have realized that there is indeed a second option compared to seeking material wealth and indulging in sense pleasures. Especially for those people in categories 1 and 2, it becomes clear that indulging in sense pleasures does not have staying power. On the other hand, the sense of well-being achieved via meditation has the staying power, and does not go down as one gets old.
- I believe that for people in any category, it is a good idea to first understand what the Buddha’s message was. Those who are intellectually motivated will be able to get a more complete picture, and thus a better intellectual satisfaction. For those in categories 1 and 2, a much better idea of how to focus their efforts will become clear with an insight into why focusing efforts on purifying the mind will be beneficial.
My belief is that anyone could benefit in some way by first getting a more complete overview of the Buddha Dhamma, which is about a “world” that is much more expansive and complex than the one we perceive with our senses.
This website got started in early January 2014. It may take several months just to publish the “essential material”. I am still thinking about how best to present the material, so I may have to change this layout.
- Even though I discuss many “scientific aspects” (especially in the Dhamma and Science section) to illustrate that Buddha Dhamma is really a complete world view that has withstood all scrutiny for 2500 years, my main goal is to convey the benefits of actual practice.
I have experienced much of what is discussed here, and the reason that I started this website is to share that experience with anyone who is interested. The “practice” part will come out as I lay down the basic ideas. To practice something, one needs to know what to practice. (Note added 5/29/14: I have posted the first few essays on meditation under “Bhävanä (Meditation)“; 11/6/14: The first 12 posts are completed in providing a meditation program that one could follow systematically; my own experience is briefly discussed in the 10th and 11th posts).
- Buddha Dhamma is NOT a religion to be followed by following rituals or even blindly following precepts. It describes laws of nature that need to be “grasped” and “lived”. Dhamma means “to bear”, to bear something it needs to be grasped (understood); then it becomes clear WHY one’s life needs to be lived in a certain way.
- This is not a blog, but a Content Management System (CMS). The material does not belong to me, but to the Buddha. What I try to do is to keep the information accurate to the best of my ability. I will be making changes to the format and even the contents either to revise as needed or to present better. So, please make sure to go back and read “old topics” once-in-a-while.
- Also, one really needs to contemplate on the ideas presented; just quickly going through may not yield much benefit.
Another aspect that I try to highlight is the CONSISTENCY of Buddha Dhamma. You will see links from any given area to many other areas. The Buddha is called “Bhaghavath” because he analyzed the same thing in many different ways; AND they are all consistent internally as well as with the main axioms such as the 31 realms of existence, concept of kamma, and rebirth.
- As science has progressed, mainly over the past hundred or so years, the consistency with science is becoming apparent as well; but science has not grasped the importance of the mind (over matter) yet. In some of the posts I am making predictions on what will be discovered by science in the future. In order to have a timestamp, I started putting the date of publication of new posts starting late October, 2015.
- Please send your suggestions/comments/questions and also let me know of any technical issues with the site using the “Comments” tab. I do not plan to have a discussion forum, so your comments will not be published
- I normally write four to five essays a month and they are listed in the “New/Revised Posts” in the menu on the right. Interesting/relevant news articles are also added to that menu.
- I started posting the date of publication in new posts starting on October 23, 2015. Thus if a post is not dated, it must have been published before that date.
The Buddha said, “Sabba dänan Dhamma dänan jinäti”, or “Gift of Dhamma excels all other gifts”. Please inform others about this site if you benefit from it.
- However, we should only inform others. Mankind has suffered enough from those who have tried to force their views on others. As the Buddha said, “Come and see for yourself!”.
The Buddha also said, “Sabba rathin Dhamma rathin jinäti”, or “Taste of Dhamma excels all other tastes (pleasures)”. I hope you will have the patience to look around the site to learn enough pure Dhamma to start enjoying its taste.
Note added/revised December 7, 2016: I have added a “Font Size Selector” on the top right so that any reader can control the font size, if the font is too small for comfortable reading.
- There are two other possible solutions as well: 1. Each post can be printed using the PRINT button below that post. 2. All the posts at the site can be downloaded using three eBook formats and can be either printed or read on electronic readers like Amazon Kindle: Pure Dhamma Essays in Book Format.
Note added June 8, 2017 : As of today, there are over 450 posts at the website. Recently, I have been getting inquiries on “where to start?”. I just added the following post to summarize various sections and how to locate posts of interest: “User’s Guide to Pure Dhamma Website“.