In Praise of the Dharmadhatu, 3-4

As butter, though inherent in the milk,

Is mixed with it and hence does not appear,

Just so the Dharmadhatu is not seen

As long as it is mixed together with afflictions.


And just as the inherent butter essence

When the milk is purified is no more disguised,

When afflictions have been completely purified,

The Dharmadhatu will be without any stain. 

—Arya Nagarjuna

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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2 Responses to In Praise of the Dharmadhatu, 3-4

  1. Dharma fool says:

    I understand Dharmakaya and Dharmadhatu differ in significance, but when I read quotations, such as this from Nagarjuna, they sound like interchangeable synonyms. Others refer to the Buddha, e.g Tathata/Tathatagata also sound similar. I am sure I am missing subtleties but I don’t know what I don’t know. Is it just a matter of having a greater stock of referents?

    • Tashi Nyima says:

      The differences in meaning are indeed subtle. Dharmakaya is the Body of Truth, or essence of the Buddha. The Dharmadhatu is the sphere of reality. Tathata is suchness, and Tathagata is the Well Gone/Well Come. Sometimes the terms refer to states, sometimes to the being experiencing such states.

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