Buddhism

Apologetics Index first published a list of research resources on Buddhism in November, 1996.

As with everything in Apologetics Index, while we have a particular focus on Christian apologetics this updated entry continues our tradition of linking to study resources from a variety of perspectives.

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Basic Buddhism

– Source: James A. Beveryley, Basic Buddhism, Christianity Today, June 11, 2001. [1]

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Apologetics Index first posted an entry on Buddhism on Nov. 11, 1996. This updated version was first posted on Dec. 11, 2011.

  1. This is a sidebar to the article, Hollywood’s Idol: “The Dalai Lama, a spiritual hero to millions, works to liberate Tibet, calls on spirits, and believes Jesus lived previous lives,” by James A. Beverley, Christianity Today, June 11, 2001
  2. The term Dharma means Law or Natural Law and is a concept of central importance in Indian philosophy and religion. Wikipedia says:

    For practicing Buddhists, references to “dharma” (dhamma in Pali) particularly as “the Dharma”, generally means the teachings of the Buddha, commonly known throughout the East as Buddha-Dharma.

    The status of Dharma is regarded variably by different Buddhist traditions. Some regard it as an ultimate truth, or as the fount of all things which lies beyond the “three realms” (Sanskrit: tridhatu) and the “wheel of becoming” (Sanskrit: bhavacakra), somewhat like the pagan Greek and Christian logos: this is known as Dharmakaya (Sanskrit). Others, who regard the Buddha as simply an enlightened human being, see the Dharma as the essence of the “84,000 different aspects of the teaching” (Tibetan: chos-sgo brgyad-khri bzhi strong) that the Buddha gave to various types of people, based upon their individual propensities and capabilities.

    Dharma refers not only to the sayings of the Buddha, but also to the later traditions of interpretation and addition that the various schools of Buddhism have developed to help explain and to expand upon the Buddha’s teachings. For others still, they see the Dharma as referring to the “truth,” or the ultimate reality of “the way that things really are” (Tib. Cho).

    The Dharma is one of the Three Jewels of Buddhism in which practitioners of Buddhism seek refuge, or that upon which one relies for his or her lasting happiness. The Three Jewels of Buddhism are the Buddha, meaning the mind’s perfection of enlightenment, the Dharma, meaning the teachings and the methods of the Buddha, and the Sangha, meaning those awakened beings who provide guidance and support to followers of the Buddha.