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Reasons for Learning Dharma

Venerable Lama Dondrup Dorje in Athens

The term Dharma refers to the teachings given by Shakyamuni Buddha. Dharma is not a branch of philosophy or belief-system, it simply reflects the true state of reality as it is, and thus Shakyamuni Buddha always began each of his teachings with the following remark, ‘Monks, Life is suffering’.

In the latest Audio Teaching available online, Venerable Lama Dondrup Dorje explains that this suffering comes about due to the fundamental truth that all worldly conditions are transitory and thus unsatisfactory in nature, and that while we see life as being full of highs and lows, of very colourful experiences, none of this is in fact real nor lasting.

Our habitual tendency to follow our urges prompted by the impulses founded on our own opinion and self-conceptualised logic will only create more sufferings and causes of sufferings. To attain the direct experience of the Truth requires us to let go of our attachment to self-made logic and opinion, and follow the instruction of a qualified Spiritual Master, who is the living embodiment of the body, speech and mind of the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha.

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