I think the study of Buddhism is
important for two reasons, both for those who are Buddhist
and those who are not Buddhist. Why Study Buddhism? For a Buddhist, of course, the very reason they become Buddhist is that they see some benefit in it. But it’s not enough just to show initial interest and then not to understand the deeper philosophy. So they should study, they must study. Even for those who are not Buddhists,
as you rightly mentioned, today we can study so many different subjects. So now, also we can ask, why study engineering?
Why study science? Then everybody will say, from there I’ll get a job, from there I will learn this skill,
that technique and so forth. But to make a long story short, most of the studies that we have today in the world, are primarily related to external, material studies. And Buddhism is focused on internal development, sometimes I call it “mind management.” The greatest difficulty that we are facing today is not so much about just material poverty, but it’s primarily mental poverty. So unless you know how to manage your mind through meditation or mind training, whatever you want to call it, unless you know that, then it doesn’t matter whether you are very rich or whatever, each and every individual is bound to go through this or that problem through one’s life journey. And at that time, if you have no inner resources, then your material resources will not come to help you. Therefore, at the end of the day,
whether you like it or not, the most important thing is training the mind.