DHARMA (SANSKRIT) (PALI: DHAMMA)
Dharma is a key concept with multiple meanings in Indian religions, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and others.
There is no single-word translation for dharma in Western languages.
The origins of the word Dharma itself are prehistoric and suggested a thing or things in the sense of “the way things are”.
“What’s it all about?”
“What is Life all about?”
“What is going on?”
KAYA literally means body or form. Externally, it was used (among other things) for the skin of our physical body. Mentally it could refer to the contents (“form” or “skin”) of the Mind.
IDEAS in fact.
Now, DHARMA KAYA, in the sense of the “Ultimate Truth” is often applied, as a definition of what some philosophies and religions understand as the underlying meaning of Life itself.
There are currently Buddhist Temples world-wide so called. Especially those operating within the tradition of Luang Phaw Wat Paknam, a Thai Monk and meditation teacher who revived the Buddha’s original method of meditation.
This method enabled (and enables) others to have personal experience of the Buddha’s own experience during the night of his Enlightenment under the Bo Tree. There, he had vowed to die if he didn’t experience the Ultimate Truth for himself.
But, in the centuries following the Buddha’s death, experience has, throughout the Buddhist world, tended to become replaced by commentary, definition and dogma.
But it is still the experience that matters in a man’s life!