Dharma means “protection”. By practicing Buddha’s teachings we protect ourself from suffering and problems. All the problems we experience during daily life originate in ignorance, and the method for eliminating ignorance is to practice Dharma.
Practicing Dharma is the supreme method for improving the quality of our human life. The quality of life depends not upon external development or material progress, but upon the inner development of peace and happiness.
For example, in the past, many Buddhists lived in poor and underdeveloped countries, but they were able to find pure, lasting happiness by practicing what Buddha had taught.
If we integrate Buddha’s teachings into our daily life, we will be able to solve all our inner problems and attain a truly peaceful mind. Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible.
If we first establish peace within our minds by training in spiritual paths, outer peace will come naturally; but if we do not, world peace will never be achieved, no matter how many people campaign for it.
Citation (MLA): “About Dharma.” kadampa.org/reference/about-dharma. NKT-IKBU, 2017. Web. Date Accessed.
What is Dharma Practice?
To practice Dharma means to apply Buddha’s teachings in your daily life.
The purpose of this Dharma practice is to enable us to attain permanent liberation from lower rebirth.
At present we are human and free from lower rebirth, but this is only a temporary and not a permanent liberation from lower rebirth. Until we gain a deep realization of refuge, we shall have to take lower rebirth again and again in countless future lives.
We attain permanent liberation from lower rebirth by sincerely relying upon the Three Jewels: Buddha – the source of all refuge, Dharma – the realization of Buddha’s teachings, and Sangha – pure Dharma practitioners who help us with our spiritual practice.
Dharma is like medicine that prevents the sufferings of the three lower realms, Buddha is the doctor who gives us this medicine, and the Sangha are the nurses who assist us. Understanding this, we go for refuge to Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha and sincerely apply the Dharma to our lives.
Citation (MLA): “Dharma Practice.” kadampa.org/reference/dharma-practice. NKT-IKBU, 2017. Web. Date Accessed.