This essay points out that even though due to the development of perfect human qualities a Buddha is regarded as the supreme person (purisottama) and highly respected by the followers in the tradition, a Pāli commentarial exposition depicts that the Gotama Buddha placed the Dhamma above him and paid his due respect to the Dhamma. This essay explores what kind of dhamma a Buddha pays respect to? Why and how? It also contains an original annotated English translation of a commentarial and a sub-commentarial texts dealing with the subject. The study is carried out following a critical and analytical approach to the discussions presented in both Pāli canonical and commentarial texts and related secondary literature. For the translation, I tried to remain as literal as possible. The primary sources of my study are the Pāli Nikāya texts and their commentaries and available Pāli-English dictionaries.
Gyanabodhi, Bhikkhu (Sajal Barua)
"Buddhas’ Respect for the dhamma – a commentarial exposition,"
The Indian International Journal of Buddhist Studies: Vol. 22, Article 4.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.linfield.edu/iijbs/vol22/iss1/4