purple planet wrote:Is the fact im exposed to specific dhamma due to kamma (or vipaka) and in the point of view that all we have to do is be mindful and the thoughts needed will come by themselves ect should i look for suttas to read or just be mindful and i will run into whatever suttas(or any other dhamma) i should run into when its time
To the extent that exposure to dhamma is a kamma vipaka, it seems that the most useful intention is the intention that leads to kamma which creates greater exposure to the dhamma. Using intention to form the appropriate questions and seek out appropriate answers is beneficial. Greater skill in identifying what questions are appropriate and in finding their answers leads to more beneficial results.AN 6.63
AN 6.63: Nibbedhika Sutta wrote:There are some cases in which a person overcome with pain, his mind exhausted, grieves, mourns, laments, beats his breast, & becomes bewildered. Or one overcome with pain, his mind exhausted, comes to search outside, 'Who knows a way or two to stop this pain?' I tell you, monks, that stress results either in bewilderment or in search.
AN 5.57: Upajjhatthana Sutta wrote:To the extent that there are beings — past and future, passing away and re-arising — all beings are the owner of their actions, heir to their actions, born of their actions, related through their actions, and have their actions as their arbitrator. Whatever they do, for good or for evil, to that will they fall heir.
The Way to the End of Suffering
SN 45.2: Upaddha Sutta wrote:Ven. Ananda said to the Blessed One, "This is half of the holy life, lord: admirable friendship, admirable companionship, admirable camaraderie."
"Don't say that, Ananda. Don't say that. Admirable friendship, admirable companionship, admirable camaraderie is actually the whole of the holy life. When a monk has admirable people as friends, companions, & comrades, he can be expected to develop & pursue the noble eightfold path.
by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Questions of Skill
Bhikkhu Bodhi wrote:Concentration can be developed through either of two methods — either as the goal of a system of practice directed expressly towards the attainment of deep concentration at the level of absorption or as the incidental accompaniment of the path intended to generate insight. The former method is called the development of serenity (samatha-bhavana), the second the development of insight (vipassana-bhavana). Both paths share certain preliminary requirements. For both, moral discipline must be purified, the various impediments must be severed, the meditator must seek out suitable instruction (preferrably from a personal teacher), and must resort to a dwelling conducive to practice.
by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Skill in Questions
Thanissaro Bhikkhu wrote:The Buddha wasn't the sort of teacher who simply answered questions. He also taught which questions to ask.
by Thanissaro Bhikkhu