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.

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About Daniel Scharpenburg

Daniel Scharpenburg is an independent dharma teacher living in Kansas City. He gives online teachings through the Open Heart Project. He also runs the Monday Night Zen Group at the Rime Buddhist Center. His writing has appeared in Lion's Roar, Patheos, Tattooed Buddha, and Elephant Journal.

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