What is Dharma?

"Buddhism is the practice of Buddha's teachings, also called Dharma, which means protection." -Geshe Kelsang Gyatso


    Buddha’s Teachings are known as the Dharma.

    Dharma means “protection”. By practicing Buddha’s teachings we protect ourself from suffering and problems. All the problems we experience during daily life originate from negative states of mind, and the method for eliminating negative states of mind is to practice Dharma.

    Practicing Dharma is the supreme method for improving the quality of our human life. The quality of life depends not upon external development or material progress, but upon the inner development of peace and happiness.

    For example, in the past many Buddhists lived in poor and underdeveloped countries, but they were able to find pure, lasting happiness by practising the Teachings of Buddha. If we integrate Buddha’s teachings into our daily life, we will be able to solve all our inner problems and attain a truly peaceful mind. Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible.

    If we first establish peace within our minds by training in spiritual paths, outer peace will come naturally; but if we do not, world peace will never be achieved, no matter how many people campaign for it.

    An extensive presentation of Dharma can be found in Joyful Path of Good Fortune.

    Shrine cabinet containing all Buddha’s Teachings at Manjushri KMC in England


    Dharma Wheel
    Dharma Practice
    Dharma Centers
    Dharma Teachings – The Four Noble Truths

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