Buddhism is essentially a way of knowledge that leads to liberation from suffering. The awakening in which it culminates is both wisdom based on an accurate understanding of reality and a freedom from the disturbing emotions and obscurations caused by ignorance.
The practice of Buddhism does not require us to give up what is good in our life, but to abandon the causes of suffering, to which we are often attached to the point of addiction.
So studying the Buddhist teachings does not mean overloading the mind with a lot of information. We just need to master the specific knowledge that will enable us to get free from samsara, the cycle of lives conditioned by ignorance and pain.
– Matthieu Ricard, “On the Path to Enlightenment”