Enlightened Buddha

The essence of dharma is a very simple way to describe what so-called ‘Buddhism’ is. Buddhism is almost a nickname because Prince Siddhartha reached Buddhahood and people call his teachings ‘Buddhism.’ There is nothing wrong with that, but it is a nickname. In India if you sell tea, you are called a chaiwala, tea person. So calling the teachings of the Buddha ‘Buddhism’ is like calling somebody who sells tea ‘chaiwala.’ In traditional Tibetan terms we call it nangpa sangyepa. Nang means ‘inside’ and pa means ‘wala’. Sangye means Buddha and ‘pa’ again means ‘wala’.

I don’t know how to describe ‘wala’ in English, but if you are English then we would call you ‘Englishpa.’ It means an English person. When you reach so-called Buddhahood, it doesn’t mean that you reach the realisation of only good things, you reach the realisation of the essence of all good things, the essence of all bad things and the essence of all so-called neutral things — everything. You cannot have a Buddha who is ignorant about everything except the good things. So Buddha by definition is realising the essence of all dharma.

Therefore, the essence of all dharma is in us.For me, the essence of all dharma is in me and, for you, the essence of all dharma is in you — in your being.Then your essence of dharma cannot be different from the essence of dharma from everyone. If you realise the essence of you, you become Buddha just like Gautama or Shakyamuni, but you will not be called Gautama Buddha because that is not your name or your surname — Shakyamuni, Gautama or Siddhartha. This is what Buddhism is all about.

Of course,we have dogma, we have infrastructure, we have hierarchy, we have rituals and, of course, we have ascetics who are not involved in hierarchy and all these things. Regardless of all of that, it doesn’t make any difference to the essence, but it is sometimes helpful at some stage for us to have hierarchy, ritual and dogma. For example, a 100-storey building with 10,000 rooms must have an elevator, but if the elevator buttons, the floors or the rooms don’t have numbers, then there will be no way to function. To find your friend living in the building, you would have to search from top to bottom and still may not find him….Therefore,all of these things — hierarchy,ritual and infrastructure — are necessary, but once you reach beyond that and have the capacity to know what is what and who is where, you don’t need it. Being Ultimately Perfect, Hay House India

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