“Like a deep lake,
clear, unruffled, calm:
so the wise become clear, calm,
on hearing words of the Dhamma.”
Welcome, and thank you for visiting.
Dhamma (or Dharma) is a word meaning ‘teachings’. I use it in the context of the Buddhist teachings, which are sometimes referred to as Buddhadhamma.
I love the Buddhist teachings. I’ve considered myself a Buddhist for around 10 years and following that path has enriched my life immensely.
First and foremost, the Buddhist texts are the best source. But I also very much enjoy similes, stories, and sayings based on the teachings.
My love of these texts, similes, stories, and sayings led me to create this blog where I planned to compile as many as I could. Originally this was just for me, an easy-to-access collection I can go back to whenever I wanted to. But I also thought other people would enjoy them too. So here is the result of that!
Over time I’ve found myself wanting to add my own words to introduce the stories or talk about them so my posts are evolving a little these days. However I feel it’s important to note that I am not a Dhamma teacher or a monk/priest, so please consider what I say as merely the opinion of a Buddhist layperson who has limited understanding of the Dhamma.
The same goes for the stories etc. Interpret them yourself and, if you can see something positive there, put that insight into practice in your daily life to test it out. If it comes through, only then can you start to trust it. 🙂
Without approval and without scorn, but carefully studying the sentences word by word, one should trace them in the Discourses and verify them by the Discipline. If they are neither traceable in the Discourses nor verifiable by the Discipline, one must conclude thus: ‘Certainly, this is not the Blessed One’s utterance; this has been misunderstood by that bhikkhu — or by that community, or by those elders, or by that elder.’ In that way, bhikkhus, you should reject it.
Maha-parinibbana Sutta: Last Days of the Buddha.
For those of you who’d like to explore a few older posts you can find a full listing in the Bite-Size Dhamma archive.