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A Quest to Recover Buddha’s True Teachings
Revised August 12, 2019; August 16, 2020; May 28, 2022; July 4, 2022; February 21, 2023
Welcome to the pure dhamma website! This website explains critical concepts in Buddhism (Buddha Dhamma) per the Pāli Canon, Tipiṭaka.
Note: Now, you can select the “dark mode” (suitable for nighttime reading) or the “regular mode” by clicking the “crescent Moon icon” at the bottom right.
Buddhism (Buddha Dhamma) describes the “laws of nature” as discovered by the Buddha 2500 years ago. This website presents those teaching per the Pāli Canon, Tipiṭaka. Even though I was a Buddhist by birth, I never bothered to consider why I was a Buddhist. When I retired several years ago, I started reading widely on many subjects, including science, philosophy, and religion.
▪When I started to glean the profound message of the Buddha, I realized that I had not known much about my own “religion.” Furthermore, it had been “contaminated” over its long history. Since 2009, I have been trying to find the essence of the message of the Buddha. I wanted to share the results with the rest of the world; see, “About.”
There seem to be three types of people who become interested in “Buddhism”:
1.Those who have endured hardships see “suffering in this world” and seek solutions.
2.Those getting to old age are beginning to see signs of possible problems looming in the future. That includes aging, various ailments, not being able to get satisfaction from those things that provided comfort before, etc.
3.Those who are intellectually motivated and exposed to Dhammapada verses or some other types of sayings by the Buddha see a glimpse of a broader worldview of the Buddha.
Some who have been to meditation retreats realize there is a second option than seeking material wealth and indulging in sensory 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 insight meditation (not breath meditation) has staying power and does not go down as one gets old.
▪It is a good idea for people in any category first to understand Buddha’s message. Those who are intellectually motivated will be able to get a complete picture and thus better intellectual satisfaction. For those in categories 1 and 2, a much better idea of focusing their efforts will become apparent with an insight into why focusing on purifying the mind will be beneficial.
▪January 30, 2019: For those new to Buddha Dhamma (or want to look at the essential fundamentals, see, “Essential Buddhism.”
▪Today, there are many incorrect interpretations of Buddha’s teachings. See the new section on “Elephants in the Room.“
I believe anyone could benefit in some way by first getting a complete worldview of the Buddha Dhamma, which is much more expansive and complex than the one we perceive with our senses. The mind is the precursor to everything in this world: “Manopubbangamā Dhammā...”
This website was launched in early January 2014. As of August 2020, it has around 600 posts. You may want to look at some new sections listed at the end of this post. Some early posts may need revisions.
▪I discuss many “scientific aspects” to illustrate that Buddha Dhamma is a complete worldview that withstood all scrutiny for 2500 years. However, my main goal is to convey the benefits of actual practice.
I have experienced much of what I discuss here. The reason that I started this website is to share that experience with anyone interested. The “practice” part will emerge as I lay down the basic ideas. To practice something, one needs to know what to practice. See “Bhāvanā (Meditation).”
▪Buddha Dhamma is NOT a religion to be followed by following rituals or blindly following a few precepts. It describes laws of nature that need to be “grasped” and “lived.” Dhamma here means “teachings.” First, the correct teachings must be understood. Then it becomes clear WHY one must live life in a certain way.
▪This website 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 change the format and contents to revise as needed or present better. So, please go back and read “old topics” occasionally.
▪Also, one needs to contemplate the ideas presented; just quickly going through them may not yield many benefits.
Another aspect that I try to highlight is the CONSISTENCY of Buddha Dhamma. You will see links from any given area to other sections. The Buddha is called “Bhaghavath” [bhagava] because he analyzed the same thing in many ways. They are all self consistent with the primary axioms, such as 31 realms of existence, kamma/vipāka, and rebirth.
▪As science has progressed mainly over the past hundred years, consistency with science is also becoming apparent. But science has not yet grasped the mind’s importance (over matter.). In some of the posts, I am making predictions about what science will discover in the future. To have a time-stamp, I started putting the publication date of new posts beginning in late October 2015.
▪Please send your suggestions/comments/questions and 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 usually write four to five essays a month. They are listed in the “New/Revised Posts” menu at the bottom of each page. Engaging/relevant news articles are also on that menu.
▪I started posting the publication date in new posts starting on October 23, 2015. Thus, if a web post is not dated, it must have been published before October 23, 2015.
The Buddha said, “Sabba dānaṁ Dhamma dānaṁ jināti,” or “Gift of Dhamma excels all other gifts.” Please inform others about this site if you benefit from it. [Sabba-rasaṁ dhamma-raso jināti. All taste(s) the dhamma-taste excels.]
▪However, we should only inform others. Humanity 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 ratin Dhamma ratin jināti,” or “Taste of Dhamma excels all other tastes (pleasures).” I hope you will be patient to look around the site to learn enough pure Dhamma to enjoy 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.
▪There are two other possible tools: 1. Each post can be printed using the PRINT button below that post. 2. All the posts on the site can be downloaded using three eBook formats. One can read them on electronic devices like Amazon Kindle: Pure Dhamma Essays in Book Format.
Note added June 8, 2017: As of today, there are over 450 posts on 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.”
April 14, 2018: Discussion forum initiated in December of 2017: “Forum.” Updates and new posts at “New / Revised Posts.”
March 2018: New section on “Quantum Mechanics and Dhamma.”
November 20, 2018: I have disabled comments on individual posts. You can comment at the “Forum” or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 10, 2019: New section on “Origin of Life.”
July 31, 2020: New section on “Buddha Dhamma – A Scientific Approach.”
February 19, 2021: New subsection on “Paṭicca Samuppāda – Essential Concepts.”
July 2, 2021: New subsection on “Basic Framework of Buddha Dhamma.”
February 28, 2022: New section on “Elephants in the Room.”
It is important to know that there is a special convention for writing Pāli words: “Tipiṭaka English” Convention Adopted by Early European Scholars – Part 1.” There is also a “Pāli Glossary – (A-K).”