Alexander BerzinBok, Poland, December 13, 2002
This evening, I’d like to speak about the practice of Dharma in daily life. The word Dharma means a preventive measure. It’s something that we do in order to avoid problems. The first thing that we need to do in order to involve ourselves with Dharma practice is to recognize the various types of problems or difficulties we have in life. The next is to realize that Dharma practice is aimed at helping us to get rid of these problems.
The practice of Dharma is not just to feel good, or to have a nice hobby, or to be trendy, or anything like that. The practice of Dharma is intended to help us get rid of our problems. That means that in order to practice Dharma realistically, we need to realize that it’s not going to be a pleasant process. We have to look at and actually face the unpleasant things in our lives, the difficulties we’re having -- not run away from them, but rather face them with the attitude that now we’re going to try to deal with them.