Practice Over Study

Another interesting quotation from the Letters of Venerable Yin-Guang (also mentioned here):

Thus, understanding the Dharma is not difficult; practice is the real difficulty! Many intelligent persons merely verbalize but fail to practice. They therefore waste an entire lifetime….Their deluded thoughts flare up unchecked because they are not earnest in maintaining correct thought….As common beings, who among us is not afflicted by delusion and evil karma? However, if you take precautions in your daily life, afflictions will not flare up whenever you meet with adverse circumstances. Even of they do arise, you will be aware of and eradicate them.

Here, “afflictions” mean greed (or lust), anger and ignorance. These three afflictions affect many things we do, and cause a lot of problems for us.

I am one of those people that Venerable Yin-Guang talks about: talks about Buddhism but doesn’t practice much. This is a good reminder of what is important.

But how should one practice? That is the subject of the next post. 😉


Author: Doug

A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.

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