“We need to understand that the purpose of studying Buddhism is the eradication of suffering and the attainment of happiness. The concept is clear; to reflect upon them mindfully is what we should be seriously doing as first step.” – Master Jih-Chang
“What is the first step? Is it the first step of sitting in the classroom or the first step of discussion? What to ponder on? That is to ponder what is the root cause of suffering? Why couldn’t we remove suffering and attain happiness no matter how hard we have tried - such bitterness. What went wrong? We are fully occupied everyday for the sake of pursuing happiness, yet why is there so much suffering? Is there something wrong?” - Global Lamrim 2, Lecture 0015
What should we ponder as a first step in learning the Dharma?
Why is this necessary?