The Purpose of Religious Study

In Shantideva’s ‘Engaging in the Boddhissatvas’ Deeds’ it says:

“The Dharma is the only medicine
To heal the sufferings of migratory beings
And the source of every happiness.”

The precious Dharma is the only source of relief from the sufferings as well as the source of all temporary and ultimate happiness. As such, graduating after years of intensive study, contemplation and practice, monks either stay to teach, work and serve the monastery, or go to smaller monasteries, foreign countries or elsewhere to teach. Some go into solitary retreat and devote the remaining part of their lives for intensive meditation. Many of them become active members in society.

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