The Dhamma is life as we know it. If you study Dhamma then this will become apparent. Dhamma is what IS! There is no getting away from this fact, so the study of Dhamma is essential to understanding reality. Dhamma will lead you, eventually, to release from suffering. Dhamma will eventually lead you to peace.
Shakyamuni Buddha was the pre-eminent proponent of the current Dhamma, almost 2500 years ago and pronounced it in the most elegant and extensive way. He related it to kings and poor people, monks and lay people alike.
The Dhamma demands nothing from you, the Buddha demands nothing from you, the only thing required is understanding, wisdom and a certain amount of faith in the teachings. There is no ‘god’ to believe in or be fearful of. There are no commandments to obey, although there are precepts to accept should you so wish to do so. There is just common sense and kindness. That is all. If you are human, this should be reasonably easy. If you are deviant, then you are lost. Dhamma is what is, as I have said, there is nothing else…
To understand the basics of Dhamma does take some time. It is not easy to have the rug pulled out from your sense of reality. Dhamma is harsh at times and your sense of self WILL feel attacked. This is natural, and must be expected. Please believe me, you are not alone, but the journey is well worth it. To be liberated from Samsara is to be liberated from ALL suffering, in any shape or form, and to experience the bliss of true peace.
Dhamma is the way of life. Dhamma IS life. If you come to accept life for the way it is then you are starting to understand what Dhamma is. Dhamma is comforting because it explains your problems, your troubles and your strife. It explains that all this is down to your own attitude towards life. This may be hard to understand and accept but it is true. Your life is built out of your ideas and decisions. Dhamma says that you are the author of your own misfortune… I know that is harsh but if you look at how you have reacted in the past then you will realise that it is true. That argument you had, that fight you had… could you have handled it better… yes… so the repercussions were partly down to you… you could have acted more wisely, couldn’t you?
Dhamma is for everyone. Old, young, tall, short, aggressive, peaceful. The Dhamma will improve your understanding of life and bring peace. Blessed are those who follow the Dhamma.