Thimphu, Bhutan: A renowned Buddhist meditation master Dipa Ma, in her phenomenal life journey, has changed the lives of many students around the globe. She kept on inspiring people across the world to seek meditation instruction from her tiny flat in Kolkata.
According to the report of Bhutan Live, countless mediation practitioners and beginners seek guidance and get inspired by her teachings and life expressions in mediation. While diving into her past, it was stated that she was born in a small hamlet in Bangladesh and given the name ‘Nani Bala Barua’.
Afterwards, she grew up and spent her childhood in a devoted Buddhist family and close environment. She was surrounded by cultural rituals and feasts throughout her childhood days, but she was odd in her family as no one in her family used to meditate, but she got involved and became deeply interested in Buddhism.
Furthermore, when Nani gave birth to a child, she was dearly called “Dipa Ma” or “Mother of Light” after her Daughter’s name, Dipa, which means “Light.”
In addition, after the sudden death of her loving husband in 1957, Dipa Ma was in terrible condition and was devastated and bedridden. Afterwards, she decided to adopt meditation as a coping mechanism to deal with her misery and sadness after failing in conventional therapy.
When she chose to adopt meditation, her life changed forever, along with being an inspiration for other people as well by transforming their lives in a positive manner. Her decision to become a Buddhist meditation teacher led her to an extraordinary path and became beneficial to countless people.
She developed her love and affection for meditation when she engaged in her first retreat at the Buddhist monastery in Rangoon. She kept up her meditation practices despite facing many problems and thought of becoming a Buddhist nun.
She was also aware of her household duties while pursuing the meditation path, as she had a child to look after for. Dipa Ma moved to Calcutta, which is now called Kolkata, in 1967 and began her journey as a teacher. During her initial days in Kolkata, she used to teach meditation to the woman householders.
She became a perfect example and inspiration for pursuing the spiritual path despite being a mother and household and continued to motivate people through her teachings, reported Bhutan Live. Moreover, she also appeared at the Massachusetts Insight Meditation Society during the 1980s after she was invited by the authorities.
Dipa Ma never felt short of her commitment as a meditation teacher until her last breath as she passed away on September 1, 1989, at the age of 78 years.