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The Meaning of the Dharma

by Sangharakshita

Dharma is the experience of reality, and also the expression of that experience in the form of the Buddha's teaching, especially the law of conditionality. It is the raft that carries you to Enlightenment, the further shore; it is whatever helps you to develop spiritually.

Talk given in 1968.

This talk is part of the series Introducing the Three Jewels of Buddhism.

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1. The importance of recapitulation in study (5:12) 
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2. Five principal meanings of the word 'dharma' (9:13) 
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3. The Dharma Jewel: experience and expression (3:10) 
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4. Is there a simple leading principle? The law of conditionality (pratitya samutpada) (5:37) 
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5. The conversion of Shariputra (7:03) 
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6. The Buddha's Enlightenment: the basic insight (3:22) 
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7. Pratitya samutpada - cyclical and spiral - and the Four Noble Truths (7:30) 
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8. The parable of the raft (5:59) 
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9. A finger pointing to the moon (8:42) 
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10. Recapitulation (2:06) 


Total running time: 57:54