The two main attributes of Buddha-Dhamma may be summarized as follows:

1. It reveals 'middle' (i.e. 'objective') principles of truth, and is thus refered to as the middle truth (majjhema-dhamma) or the middle teaching (majjhena-dhammadesana). It reflects the truth in strict line with cause and effect and according to laws of nature. It has been revealed solely for the benefit of practical application in real life. It does not promote an attempt to realize the truth by creating various theories and dogma based on philosophical conjuecture and inference, which are consequentlly adhered to, debated and defended.

2. It lays down a system of practice refered to as the 'middle way' (majjhema-patipada), which acts as a guideline for those undergoing spiritual training. These prctitioners gain a clear insight into their lives, steer away from credulity, and aim for those fruits of practice accessible in this lifetime, namely: happiness, purity, enlightenment, peace, and liberation. In practical application the middle way is connected to other factors, such as one's life as a renunciant or life as a householder.

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Translated from พุทธธรรม ฉบับปรับขยาย
โดย โรบิน มัวร์
Translated by Robin Moore
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First publishing 2560
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