"The Dharma was the friend who did not desert me in times of need."
Buddhist texts contain wise advice about how to approach learning the Buddha’s teachings and explaining them to others. Since in this volume we will establish the foundation for Buddhist practice, it is especially helpful to touch on this now.
Reflecting on the value of learning the Dharma in my own life, I recall some verses in the Jātaka Tales (LC 1.56):
Hearing (learning) is a lamp that dispels the darkness of afflictions,