03/17/2014 11:05 am ET Updated Mar 17, 2014

Is Meditation The Path To True Happiness?


Can meditation help us to achieve lasting personal happiness? According to the Seon Buddhist tradition, the answer is yes.

"To the extent that we take such great care of our bodies in an effort to keep them clean, we don't make nearly the same amount of effort to cleanse and take care of and regulate our minds," says Seon Buddhist monk Hwansan Sunim. "In fact the truth is, most of us don't even know how."

Sunim, who has studied Seon Buddhism under the guidance of Korean zen master Songdam at Yonghwasa Temple in Incheon, South Korea, now shares Seon Buddhist principles for dealing with life's challenges through his instructional YouTube video series.

To find out how meditation can contribute to a happier life, watch Sunim's video on happiness above.