tiltbillings wrote:... and if it is a sutta of particular importance, I would recommend copying it out, adding in the elided bits, and then reading it aloud.
And that reading can take quite a long time. The order of 15 minutes for a shortish discourse like Dhamma-cakkappavattana Sutta. Over an hour for some others...
And imaging sitting under a full moon chanting the sutta with a group of monks, or sitting at the feet of a teacher who is reciting the sutta, and stopping every so often to offer a comment or two about what it says or to ask a question about what you are understanding of what it says. At one time the relationship to the suttas was very different from reading alone in one's room, and it always involved others.
What is the use of his knowledge
pertaining to the number of insects in the whole world?
Rather, inquire into his knowledge of
that which is to be practised by us
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.
Níl sa saol seo ach ceo
There is naught in this life but mist
Is ní bheimid beo ach seal beag gearr.
And we will not be alive but a short hard time.