Reading, listening and studying is to know what to be able to meditate, to be able to get the essence of that teaching
Reading, hearing different commentaries, different teachings is also very important. But the purpose of doing that, purpose for us to read to listen to study is to know what to be able to meditate, to be able to get the essence of that teaching, to really have experience from that teaching. That is the purpose. The purpose is not to be very smart, or to be very well learned. Of course, the more you read, the more you study, the smarter you become. That’s true. Still, our purpose to read, to study is not only become a very knowledgeable, but to become a good practitioner. That is the goal and that is the direction to go. So that’s very important for us to understand.
Hungkar Dorje Rinpoche, “GURU YOGA: The Source Of Power In Speech and The Purification”