Posted by Susan S (22.214.171.124) on November 10, 2000 at 14:05:59:
In Reply to: You misunderstood my meaning, Susan. How do you know I don't practice? Do you see I don't practice? I admit that I talk according to books but I also practice. Knowledge in buddhism is also needed, practice and reading should both be together. Without books but just practice is blind practice. posted by Lotus on November 09, 2000 at 23:43:51:
Now you have my wrathful diety wired up, my 2nd and last post to you on this subject and thank you for this because you said that practice without reading is invalid and you are presuming you are a expert. There are people all over this world that don't read and I will refer to the Tibetan people in this example but they hear with their ears from teachers and that may be more important than the books. I would match my teachers who have given me their teachings verbally with books anytime.
A book is written by someone else so someone else can have the benefit of it but listening to teachings from the source suits me just fine because a book can't give me what they are transmitting to me personally that is where the blessings come in at.
Why not throw all those books away, what do you need for anyway, certainly if you were dying, you wouldn't be reaching for books. You'd be doing your practice and relaxing in that.
Its been fun,
I write this only because of your biased view point as there are many in this world that are able to read due to blindness, illness, illertacy but hearing with the ear is just as magic.
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