I have a question to all.
I am buddhist and i believed one buddhist must do personal cultivation. That is important. To follow the 5 precepts and 8 noble truths.
I am a man who is not well vserse in suttra at all but i like reading Buddha simple short quotes and great monks quotes, i will try to put in practicse.
I like those tudong monks trainning in North east thailand with AC Mun line down. They practise in mindfulness and mind awareness.
A group of buddhism friends then told me that by doing cultrivation alone is not enough. one must be well verse in suttra.
that also applies to two monk masters reply too. One told me to practise yet the other told me to read sutta...
My feels is : Are By knowing the suttra alone, is that important??
I am a man who only goes for practise and not theory.
anyway, i a begineer.
am i wrong??
by well verse in suttra but without praticsing, can one get enlighten?
hope to hear more views ya.
sadhu sadhu sadhu.
From what I've seen, in order to attain enlightenment, one must overcome certain "fetters." Reading suttas might be a part of that (reading suttas is a form of dhamma practice), but it also might not be. A good question to ask is: Is there anyone in the suttas who attained enlightenment who also was probably not well-versed in the suttas?
The Buddha's teaching is called a "doctrine & discipline" (dhamma-vinaya). Regarding the dichotomy between meditation and studying Dhamma, this sutta seems to suggest that early Buddhists tended to focus primarily on one or the other, for whatever reason. There might be a reason why it is impractical to devote oneself both a meditative practice and a practice of sutta scholarship and devotion.