“People should think about what their lives will be like if they don’t do meditation. They should consider what their lives will be like after 10, 20, 30 years if they decide to just follow the way of the world. What will their hearts be like then—what will they have of value in their hearts to bring true happiness into their daily lives and the lives of those around them. And what will they have developed in their hearts to carry on to the next life, because the next life is only as good as we make it in this life."
This video shows Ajaan Paññāvaḍḍho explaining the nature of Dhamma to a group of lay disciples at Wat Pa Baan Taad in 2003. When speaking, Ajaan Paññāvaḍḍho had a soft, deep voice, as soothing as a cool forest stream. He spoke quietly to those who came to hear his teachings, his head leaning affably to one side, inspiring respect and careful attention. His teachings inspired in his audience an unshakeable confidence in the Dhamma, and a conviction in the central importance of a trusted teacher.