Wisdom to Joy - Dharma Upholds
Dharma Upholds
"Dharma,” that which supports or holds, is an important and extremely useful concept, but there is no equivalent expression in Western languages that conveys its meaning or beauty. Dharma is a natural result of truth-love, goodness in action. It upholds health and integrity of people and society. Awareness of what is dharmic expands with experience, individually and collectively. Laws and customs ought to reflect dharma, but often do not. People have a right to their bodies, minds, and the fruit of their labor, and depriving them of it by force or deceit is not dharmic. Dharmic trading is vital for the economic integrity of a society. Deception and failing to honor one’s pledges, including pledges to serve the public, is not dharmic. When desire and one’s dharma lead in opposite directions, one has the opportunity for spiritual growth and building character. Individuals and communities may have very different dharma.
Current revision: paper November 22nd, 2021 (first version: 2021 July 27th); recording November 2021. New versions clarify or expand points in the original thesis; the points are unchanged.
Dharma Upholds - The Meaning of "Dharma" - Watch and listen
Dharma Upholds - Dharma Supports Us All - Watch and listen
Dharma Upholds The Fruit of Labor - Watch and listen
Dharma Upholds - Exchanging and Giving - Watch and listen
Dharma Upholds - Honesty - Watch and listen
Watch Honesty
Dharma Upholds - Honesty Listen  (6:55)
Dharma Upholds - Pledges - Watch and listen
Watch Pledges
Dharma Upholds - Pledges Listen  (5:58)
Dharma Upholds - Desire and Dharma - Watch and listen
Dharma Upholds Individual Dharma and Social Dharma - Watch and listen
Dharma Upholds - Full - Watch and listen

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Dharma Upholds, op. 23
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