Why should we study Buddhism

In general, in Buddhism, study is not separate from practice. We should not view the study of Buddhism with our ordinary concept of study. It's something else entirely. Often when we come from "to study"Talk, many look very strange and are somehow surprised. Your reaction is usually that they say:" I.I've spent a lot of time studying. I went to elementary school, middle school, high school, and college. "Your mind is alone of the word"Education" tired.
With "Education"Most of the time, something dry and purely theoretical is combined. We fear that it would be a long way to go to sit for hours in classrooms, jotting down the teachers' presentations and spending hours after hours in libraries. One has the feeling that studying is an approach It is enlightenment that takes a long time. Meditation, on the other hand, is perceived as an even easier shortcut. Usually, many people believe that meditation is just about closing your eyes and that is exactly it. "Exactly"whatever that means.

Meditation is felt as a practice, but the study of the Buddha's teachings is not. We perceive meditation, as well as generosity - material aid - as an accumulation of merit, but as study. In fact, the founder of Buddhism, Buddha Shakyamuni, had a completely different view here: Buddha said that reading just a single verse of his teachings would bring much more and greater merit than material sacrifices. He said that there is very, very great merit in sacrificing entire universes of diamonds and gold. But this positive, he said, can still be "measured", quantified. Studying or teaching just one verse, however, is limitless. It is impossible to grasp how much merit we accumulate as a result.
To understand this, we should use the term "Accumulating merit"deal with and understand what is meant by this in Buddhism. The word" merit "may often be a little misleading.Accumulation of merit is", "sharpen your own wisdom"- namely the wisdom about ultimate reality and that about the relative methods. Wisdom about how to recognize the ultimate nature of one's own mind and the ultimate nature of one's own mind and the ultimate nature of phenomena, and how to use skillful means with the Thus, merit accumulation refers to developing our wisdom in these two aspects. Wisdom is only obtained by using the method of study first. Hence, it is perfectly logical that greater merit should be accumulated through study .

In order to realize ultimate nature, we need suitable methods. We have an ultimate goal. Otherwise why would we be gathered here? Otherwise, why are we listening to teachings or reading books? Why do we move up and down and make bows? We don't do it for our physical fitness. After all, there is a goal in every aspect of our work. Birds, for example, also fly in the sky with a specific goal that they pursue. So why are we doing all this? I think we are looking for some kind of freedom, liberation from samsaric existence. Relief from pain and suffering. It is very important that we always maintain this real and perfect goal, for it often happens that at the beginning, deep in the heart, one feels a deep search for that goal. But then, if you continue to get involved, you can fall into various traps. In a way, then, our real, perfect goal is lost.
The real, perfect destination is like a place that is told that you can get everything you want, for free. Somebody gives us the name of the place, but no address, no house number, no street names, no post code and no telephone number. We could close our eyes now and picture this place, but that doesn't help us figure out the address. Or you can jump in the car and just drive off. Perhaps someone has the luck, the very good karma, that by chance they hit exactly the right street and find the place without difficulty and without wasting time by driving back and forth. For most people, that's pretty unlikely. It is similar when one begins what we call meditation without clear guidance, without clear understanding. It could be something like that.

The course can now be compared to someone coming to us spreading out a city map and clearly showing us the place we want to reach. There are two possibilities: One is that he points directly at the place with his finger and says: "This is the place."and then describes the place to us in detail. With this reference, we know where the place is and find the way to it ourselves. The second possibility is that it describes all the roads that do not lead to the desired place and tells us: "If you go this way, you will come to a place you don't want to go. Do you go there, do you come there " etc. By eliminating all wrong possibilities in this way, there is only one right one that leads us to the point where we want to be. Study makes our meditation very clear and one becomes able to notice mistakes that arise in meditation and to solve them oneself. Studying makes people totally Buddhist, that is, completely independent.
Once you have got the clear information from the map and the people, you have to drive there yourself. Otherwise you won't get there and the information freezes in the mind or brain. It becomes part of our refrigerator.

The journey begins with the real and pure motivation of seeking Buddhahood: that is what we want to attain. And then we really have to make the journey. For this it is important to know: Which method do we use to reach our goal? The method is the teachings of the Buddha. This brings us to the ultimate goal. So first of all we should get a clear understanding of the Buddha Dharma and understand what it is all about. You all may already know a lot about the Buddha Dharma. It should therefore not be necessary to explain a lot of general information. But to sum it up briefly: Buddhism is regarded today as one of the great world religions, but in my opinion Buddhism is actually not a religion. Basically, Buddhism is a science, a science of insight, of knowledge. It is not a dry science that deals with external things like chemical compounds, stones, earth, etc., but a science that deals with the mind, with the emotions, and with the positive side of the mind. A science of mind and insight. It is also a pure philosophy, a philosophy of man.


Translation: Tina Draszczyk