At the Integral Relationship of Life and Dharma
From the Book: Dharma
in One Complete Text
By Buddhasa Bhikku
Translated by Hillary Adrian Hitt
something that we must look at from every perspective, in small pieces
and in its entirety, until we see how it relates to Dharma.
will know how to manage both Life and Dharma to become something beautiful.
would say Dharma is eternally beautiful. The education of Dharma is
eternally beautiful. The acceptance of the practice of Dharma is eternally
beautiful. The fruits of Dharma are beautiful.
is the flower from the Garden of the Buddha.
Garden of flowers, here, is equal to Dharma—The Dharma of everything,
“ALL” Dharma is many, all the many flowers in Buddha’s
to solve life’s problems, we need to see every characteristic
of THE ONE, paritat, that arises in the mind, as we proceed to look
around us, from every perspective, in every direction, from every angle
and boundary and side of life.
to see every part of THE ONE, The Dharma. We must be capable of seeing
and understanding every aspect.
and Life are integral. On a deeper level they are the same thing. They
we call “Dharma” we need to see as life.
detail, Dharma or life is broken down or exists in four parts:
Laws of Nature
The Duties that arise naturally or follow with the Laws of Nature
The fruits or effects that arise or are born or come forth or evolve
from following the duties according to the Laws of Nature
the laws of nature control the body and the mind. They are naturally
inherent for the body and the mind to bring birth to the duties that
must act out the correct behavior to bring forth the fruits for our
note that “life”, “body”, “mind”,
“duties”, “laws of nature” are separate characteristics
of The ONE—All equal Dharma)
doesn’t live their life or doesn’t follow the natural inherent
rhythms or behaviors that follow the laws of nature they will die.
to the history of biological evolution, the life that remains on earth
today has survived because it knows how to adapt and change together
with the changes in nature.
doesn’t exist anymore has perished because of not being one with
the eternal Dharma or with nature.
that lacks focus or that is not awake to the laws of nature must perish.
law, this is Dharma.
must act out the duties correctly according to the laws of nature, then
it won’t die and it won’t suffer. It is eternal as Dharma
of this is that Dharma and Life are ONE.
by looking at and completely knowing all the specific characteristics
that are life, that are All around, that make up The ONE, paritat, do
we know, and thus can live “suchness” chen non eng.
If we practice
that “suchness” of knowing The One there is no delusion,
no suffering, no confusion, no separation. There is only Perfect Peace
the heart of Buddhism.