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Religion and Dhamma

Aakash Singh Rathore and Ajay Verma

in B.R. Ambedkar

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780198068679
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081233 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198068679.003.0004
Religion and Dhamma

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This chapter examines the similarities and differences of religion and Dhamma. The chapter begins with the structure and the purpose of Dhamma. Dhamma is founded on Pradnya (understanding) and Karuna (love). While religion explains the origin of the world, Dhamma aims to reconstruct the world. While religion enforces morality by insisting observance of morality because people are children of God, in Buddhism, morality is Dhamma and Dhamma is morality. The chapter also discusses the similarities of terminologies used by religion and Dhamma including the deviation of Dhamma in its use of such terminologies like rebirth, karma, ahimsa (non-killing), and transmigration. It also discusses the Buddhist way of life which is summed in the verse: ‘Do good. Be no party to evil. Commit no sin’. It summarizes the stand of Buddhism on lust, craving, ill-will, anger, enmity, self-conquest, justice and hypocrisy.

Keywords: religion; Dhamma; purpose of Dhamma; Pradnya (understanding); Karuna (love); morality; rebirth; karma

Chapter.  26438 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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