Buddhism and Sutras

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.

Advertisements

About Daniel Scharpenburg

Daniel Scharpenburg lives in Kansas City with two kids and two cats. He runs the Monday Night Zen Group at the Rime Buddhist Center. Daniel has a BA in English from KU and he works for the federal government. Once a Novice Monk in the Rinzai Tradition, he dropped out of monk school to become a regular person. He has taken his inspiration mainly from Zen renegades and madmen like Ikkyu and Han Shan. Daniel has taken Bodhisattva Vows in both the Nagarjuna and Asanga lineages. He is a frequent guest teacher on Daily Dharma Gathering.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s