The Buddha’s Dharma’s Theory And Practice
Buddhist theory (i.e. principles) and practice(s) are both important,
as right theory guides right practice,
and right practice expresses right theory,
with both dependent on each other.
However, it is possible to be focused on much learning of theory,
without enough focus on applying it in practice,
just as it is possible to be focused on much applying it in practice,
without enough focus on learning of theory.
Most make the mistake
of learning too little theory,
and applying too little of it in practice,
which is why most are still unenlightened.
However, it is also possible to make the mistake
of learning too much theory ‘impractically’,
thus with too little effort exerted on practice,
which is why many are still unenlightened.
The good news is that, in this short and unpredictable life,
it is possible to learn enough key theory well,
to power enough key practice well,
to be born in Pure Land, to attain enlightenment.
Upon reaching of Pure Land, with further learning and practice,
all will be ‘with principles and practices without obstacles’ (理事无碍),
thus ‘with principles and practices completely interpenetrated’ (理事圆融),
attaining complete liberation; full enlightenment.
It is better to have more practice of a little theory,
than to have more theory little practised,
because practice contains theory,
while theory is not always practised.
It is best of course,
to have learning of much theory
with applying of it in much practice,
although the key theory and practice remain as the key.
The Three Provisions