“We must practice the teachings to attain the result. It isn’t sufficient to just hear the Dharma. We have to actively apply it in our daily lives and in our relationships with others. This means we try to be mindful and notice when disturbing attitudes arise. Then, we apply the remedies enabling us to perceive the situation clearly. If sick people have medicine but don’t take it, they aren’t cured. Similarly, we may have an elaborate shrine at home and a huge library of Dharma books, but if we don’t apply patience when we meet a person who annoys us, we’ve missed the opportunity to practice.”
~ Venerable Thubten Chodron
Thubten Chodron is founder of Sravasti Abbey, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the U.S. where nuns, monks, and lay students can practice the Buddha’s teachings.