Zen emphasizes experiential wisdom in the attainment of enlightenment. As such, it de-emphasizes theoretical knowledge in favor of direct self-realization through meditation and dharma practice.
Dharma (help·info) (Sanskrit: धर्म dhárma, Pali: धम्म dhamma; lit. that which upholds or supports) means Law or Natural Law (as in the natural order of things) and is a concept of central importance in Indian philosophy and religion. In the context of Hinduism, it refers to one's personal obligations, calling and duties, and a Hindu's dharma is affected by the person's age, caste, class, occupation, and gender. In modern Indian languages it can refer simply to a person's religion, depending on the context.
The idea of dharma as duty or propriety derives from an idea found in India's ancient legal and religious texts that there is a divinely instituted natural order of things (rta) and justice, social harmony and human happiness require that human beings discern and live in a manner appropriate to the requirements of that order.
...The antonym of dharma is adharma meaning unnatural or immoral.
Within the discussions on LOA and on awareness generally ... is there an understanding of the 'balance' of natural laws at work seamlessly interacting, even if invisibly?From LOA thread: The quality of the creation and the process of it is also impacted upon by the process and awareness of it (and my personal thingy whether the resonance of it is love-expansion/fear-contraction). But, all things are possible - and literally permissable in the grand scale.
...Dan Millman's book 'The Life You Were Born to Live' discusses a variety of 'laws', how to recognise them in action and to employ them consciously when aware of their energy in action - but remembering it's all a part of the 'whole' of which we are not privvy with our torches in the warehouse, and that they interact with each other in the same spiderweb of energy - no different to how all the planets, stars etc or any ecosystem coexists while constantly in a state of creation and expansion and contraction.
Just within that book are great discussions on many of the things that whether you 'believe' or understand them or not have energy flows that are part of the whole dance. Just as we understand and use gravity or the law of sow/reap for farming/harvesting they will happen whether you understand or employ them or not.
Consciousness ET style would suggest that you might be aware of them, but then they become a fabric of your living, just as gravity is.
Millman discusses the Laws of.... flexibility, choices, responsibility, balance, process, patterns, discipline, perfection, the present moment, no judgment, faith, expectations, honesty, higher will, intuition, action, cycles.
LOA dances with, above, under, within, around all of them, and all of us and every thing past present and future, and all of them and more do the same all the time.
Any notions on some of these other 'laws' - eg: discussions about intuition in other threads, can understanding of the law/s of responsibility, discipline, no judgement , reciprocity etc be seen as also at work?
In looking to see the basis of Zen (after reading Iron Cow of Zen discussion) I realised many native/indigenous/ancient cultural understandings were /are a different path to the same place (of course ; )
So how aware are you of natural laws in constant motion?