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The Buddhist concept of dharma
has a central philosophy that all is
whole and complete as it is. There is
no accident in the entire universe.
Most of the daily challenges we experience
a s human beings originate from a lack
of understa nding. The way to cultivate
refinement of the mind a nd uplift the human
experience from ignorance and suffering is
to practise Dharma.
What is this cryptic concept of dharma
a nd is there a way to decode it for modern
Dharma is a broad concept with many
understa ndings a nd definitions, ver y much
like the word “tao”. Like tao, dharma
supports the natural order of the universe
and those who are in harmony with it.
Dharma could also be described as the nature
of “what is” and, in Buddhism, refers to the
practice of following the Buddha’s teachings.
The diligent observance a nd practice of these
teachings is the way to enlightenment.
“There is no term in Buddhist terminology
wider than dharma. It includes not only the
conditioned things and states, but also the non-
conditioned, the Absolute Nirvana. There is
nothing in the universe or outside, good or bad,
conditioned or non-conditioned, relative or
absolute, which is not included in this term.”
~ Walpola Rahula
One could argue that dharma is a truth, a
teaching, a practice and enlightenment itself.
Ever ything is expressing itself fully
according to its nature and thus there are no
duplicates and no failure. All that is created is
unique. As individuals in this perfect whole,
we are a ll ingredients that perfectly express
themselves – ever y nuance and cha racter
contributes to the overall ma nifestation. A s
James Hillman said (in The Soul’s Code),
“You are born with a character, it is given, a
gift as the old stories say, from the guardians
upon your birth.”
Living in dharma means living one’s
purpose, bringing forth one’s personality
a nd expressing it in the world. By living on
the quiet, in fea r, limitation, or other wise,
we a re denying the world our one-of-a -kind
gifts. So, too, living from the ego denies the
full expression of our talents for the benefit
of others. The purpose of dharma is to allow
the world to evolve to its full potential.
“ We know we are in dharma when we
cannot think of anything else we would rather
be doing with our life.” ~ David Simon
How does one relate to the seemingly
mystical and intangible elements to finding
Since there are no spare parts to the
universe, then each individual part is
needed by the whole, it is necessary, it is
wanted. For the whole symphony to vibrate
at its most refined and poetic, it requires
a ll instruments to play their part. Thus,
one thing is essential for the greater good
each person must follow the authentic
path that is most wholly-speaking “theirs”
and only theirs.
It reminds me that I am nothing, I am
everything, I am here for a purpose for all, I
am not here by mistake. And neither are you.
On this point, the words of Ralph Waldo
Emerson are worthy of contemplation:
“Standing on the bare ground...a mean
egotism vanishes. I become a transparent
eyeball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of
the universal Being circulate through me; I am
part or particle of God .”
The whole universe supports me when I
act according to my nature, my calling, my
purpose, my rea son for being.
Living a meaningful life requires that
I live in dharma to the whole of creation.
Dharma is an opening, a mission, a doorway,
a purpose, a destiny, an active element and a
passive process of surrender. Could anything
be more important?
To find your dharma, here are four
questions to meditate on:
1. Do you know what your dharma is?
Have you found it yet? Where have you
2. How would you live differently if you
knew your days were numbered?
3. Which people do you admire most a nd
4. When did you have the most fun? What
memories come to mind – what were you
doing at the time?
David conducts Skype sessions from his Perth
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