Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Simple Words - CHOS

Another common word good to know, chos. This is the translation of the Sanskrit term dharma.

dharma, or chos has many translations. Usually the first thing you think of is Buddhist dharma, the teachings, or one of the three Jewels (Buddha, Dharma, Sangha). But depending on the context it could also mean elements of existence, doctrine, manifestation, law and order, phenomena, knowable thing. Phenomena are considered dharmas. They are also in logic considered knowable things.

So, as an example: chos thams cad, depending on the context it could mean: all Buddhist teachings, all phenomena, all the doctrines, all the scriptures, and so on..

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