Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the spiritual director of Nalanda Monastery, and of the world-wide FPMT. During his visit to the area in May 2009, Rinpoche gave the following advice.
Studying Dharma to Benefit Others
When you study Dharma here, study for sentient beings. This is the most important help for sentient beings, until they are liberated from contaminated karma and afflictions, they suffer constantly. They have been suffering since beginningless rebirths and until they are liberated from contaminated karma and afflictions, they will suffer continuously. Therefore, they need help, they need to be educated in Dharma, and therefore you need to learn Dharma. Therefore, this is the most important help. They need food and clothing, but that alone doesn't liberate them from contaminated karma and afflictions. Dharma is the real benefit that they need. Until they actualise Dharma, they have to suffer endlessly in the lower realms.
The purpose of ordaining is a very important service to sentient beings. You become an example; you are very brave, like an army in a war, to overcome your afflictions and the afflictions of other sentient beings. The war against your afflictions and the afflictions of other sentient beings. A very special benefit to sentient beings, the ordained, and studying the Dharma is the most important benefit for sentient beings.
With the attitude I explained before, cherishing sentient beings, the kindness of [sentient beings], then you live this life with a heart for others, you naturally live your life for others. Even going to bed, remembering how kind and precious sentient beings are, then it naturally benefits sentient beings, causes them happiness and leads them to enlightenment. You need to be healthy in order to practice Dharma, so as medicine, you sleep, for sentient beings. Whilst eating or washing, [it] becomes [a practice] for others if you remember this. No question then for Dharma study. You must remember the kindness of numberless sentient beings. I mentioned the most precious one sentient being, same with all sentient beings. When you study Dharma, it then becomes purely for others, for numberless sentient beings. Whatever you are learning, whether the Tibetan language or whatever, it becomes a service to numberless sentient beings.
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