We learn in Buddhism that sutras are just scraps of paper and we shouldn’t put our faith in them. However, they do have a function. Sutras are like the finger pointing at the moon. We can use them as a guide, but if we don’t look up at the moon ourselves then they aren’t helpful. Buddhism is about practice and experience. It isn’t about reading and memorizing sutras. It can be easy to fall into a trap of putting our faith in sutras instead of in the practice. We must try to avoid this.
Author: Daniel Scharpenburg
Daniel is a Dharma Teacher, writer, and podcaster. In his day job he’s a labor activist and government worker. Daniel has been practicing Buddhism and meditating for over twenty years and has practiced with many different teachers. Daniel trained and ordained as a Chan Dharma Teacher in the Dharma Winds tradition under Venerable Yaoxin Shakya. Daniel was given the name QianMing Shakya View All Posts