1097Re: to Ven. Nagasena or to Ven. Nanda Siddhi
- Aug 6, 2007--- In SanghaOnline@yahoogroups.com, "dragoslak" <dragoslak@...> wrote:
>There are many who disparage study and book knowledge, but practice
> There is a problem.I can not start to practice Dhamma.
> I rather love to read about Buddha, his disciples - especially love
> Ananda and Sariputta,study various historical events like Buddhist
> Councils,controversy regarding Devadatta etc.
> How can I resolve this problem? Start to practice/not just read.
without a proper understanding is unwise. Study, practice, and
realisation are all necessary. Realisation can only come about through
correct and diligent practice. If you have a good teacher, then you can
practice without much study. If not, you will need to study much more to
ensure that you are practising correctly.
> Also, I can understand that there is no atman or supreme God yet I can"Only seeing is believing," as the saying goes. If one gains insight
> not to accept it in full.
knowledge through the correct and diligent practise of mindfulness then all
doubts will be dispelled. Reading books and watching films about life in a
foreign country like Burma cannot compare with travelling to that country
and living there for some time. Reading menus and cookery books cannot
compare with eating delicious food.
> I love Buddha's sayings "be a teacher to yourself, who else can bethat?"
> and at the same time I hope for some kind of help from someone elseThe Buddha also said that he was someone who only showed the way. You
> which is contradictory.
yourself have to walk on the path. No one can do that for you. However, a
teacher should be sought out who can show you the way. Without a teacher,
progress will be very slow and uncertain. The best teacher is a Noble One
who has realised nibbana for himself or herself. Failing that, someone
with a good knowledge of the Tipitaka is second best. As a last resort one
will have to study the Tipitaka oneself, and be one's own teacher.
I don't know what the situation is in Serbia. Are there any Buddhist monks
or meditation centres there? Probably you would have to travel to a
Buddhist country to stay in a meditation centre for some time.
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