A talk on meditation with a Buddhist Monk
I was volunteering at a Vipassana meditation retreat center when I had the honor to meet Dr. Bhadanta SR Indavansa Mahathero, a Theravada Buddhist who devotes himself to helping the world by sharing the Dharma.
Dharma? You will see this word come up a lot in Indian teachings. What does it mean? Dharma simply means the path of peace, the path of lasting happiness, free from all forms of suffering and stress. Dharma does not belong to one sect, tradition, country, or religion. Every path leading to true inner peace, freedom from negativity, is Dharma.
The Buddha dedicated his life to teaching Dharma in order to help as many beings as possible reach real happiness, sometimes called Nirvana or enlightenment. Many others have taught Dharma too, like Patanjali in the Yogic tradition, or Lao Zi in the Chinese tradition. Lao Zi called it Tao, the Chinese word for Dharma, which simply means the path.
May the dharma help you be peaceful, may you be happy, may you lead lives motivated by love and awareness. Om.