The benefits of dharma recounted by the Buddha and his disciples are the results of the proper practice of dharma. You cannot reap all those benefits just by listening to a few teachings. If you do not practice, you will think that the dharma does not work – especially when problems arise and you cannot deal with them. You might even give up the dharma and never benefit from it. To enjoy its positive effects, practice it first.
from the book The Future Is Now: Timely Advice for Creating a Better World
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Further quotes from the book The Future Is Now:
- Aspire to great things
- Why not support others
- Serving the common interest
- Living harmoniously with others
- Using discernment
- Guidance on the own path
- How to decide
- Just for the fun of it
- Lighten up
- Assessing a religion
- Coexisting in delicate balance
- Our impact on the world