After you have heard and understood some teaching – for example, the perfect human rebirth, renunciation, bodhicitta – you must practice it, as that is the purpose of the teaching. Each one of us should practice in accordance with our individual level of mind, or ability. But if we study, study, study, and don’t mix whatever we have understood thoroughly with our minds there will be a Dharma famine in our minds, and we shall suffer from poverty of Dharma. This is what can happen: You live in the middle of a Dharma centre, you study Dharma, but you are a Dharma pauper. So don’t be like that. Use the Dharma that you have studied to change your mind, to be different from before.

— Ling Rinpoche


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