Could I point out to both Zentruckdriver AND panang, that this is not a race; there is no rush, there is no haste to be made, you just need to relax a bit and enjoy the ride....
While I perfectly well understand the inner urgent desire to 'know
', to understand, to digest and implement that which you learn - and often, when such instructions fall into place, you feel like shouting it from the rooftops! - it's ok to just take your time, pause, breathe, and savour that moment with quiet introspection.
Zentruckdriver, it is exactly like a cross-country journey.... you actually start off with an empty trailer, but as you drive, you pick up the precious cargo that is the Dhamma.... but it's a beautiful day... the sun is shining, the road is clear, conditions are just wonderful, just exactly perfect as they are... open the window, lean your elbow out, gain a steady comfortable speed, not too fast, not too slow, and just .... cruise..... smile and wave at those on the same route as you... maybe they carry more, maybe less.... it's not important....And every now and then, stop at a truck-stop for a lovely cup of tea!
'Knowing' the 4 Noble truths, the Eightfold Path and the 5/8 Precepts, is one thing; but further study will show that in their apparent simplicity, they are in fact deep; profound, extremely complex at times and bewildering at others. It's worth always holding onto these for constant revision of what we believe we have come to know of them; there is always more to ingest....
But above all, enjoy! Share, and participate! Everyone is frirendly, everyone gives quite freely!
If you don't know the way - ask! Never, ever hesitate to ask!
You think none of us ever had these questions?
You think none of us ever climbed up into the cabin, behind the wheel, for the first time?
Have you any idea how long it just took ME to turn the key in the ignition - ?!