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What is a dharmist?

KeromeKerome Love, love is mysteryThe Continent Veteran

I came across a definition of a dharmist as “being one who studies the Buddha’s teachings, without being part of a sangha or calling themselves a Buddhist.” Apparently S. N. Goenka was one. I’d never heard of this before, but apparently some people don’t feel comfortable proclaiming themselves as Buddhists but want to have some term identifying them.

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  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    More labels!

    Bunkslobster
  • VimalajātiVimalajāti Whitby, Ontario Veteran
    edited February 11

    My guess is this word is serving as a translation maybe for dharmānusārī, which gets translated as "dharma follower," versus "faith follower," but I'm not sure of the applicability of these terms to laymen. In the "four people of the path" schema, these are immediately proceeding śrotāpanna/entry into the stream.

    person
  • Tee hee.

    You have probably never heard of anti-Buddha, aunty-Buddha (she raised him after he started his first and last life by matricide) ...
    The term Buddhist is a recent meaningless Western term.
    ... nobody even knows what it means or averages out to
    https://www.debate.org/opinions/is-buddhism-a-religion

    Even worse many un-dharmists still think they are [insert latest thinking]

    Oh the humanity ... 🤦🏼‍♂️😉

    Bunks
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    Dharmist... that morning fog before your eyes, before brain engages and mouth is put in gear...

    lobster
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