Volumes of Tripitaka
What would we do if we have to go on an expedition. Most of us will find information about the journey first and arrange what we may need on the way, carefully They may be money, baggage, other necessities or a method to get them when we need credit cards, friends , hotels, etc). All these would be helpful to go on our trip comfortably. If any traveler starts after carefully arranging everything he may need on the way he would be more comfortable, fast and success oriented to carry out his task . So will be us as Buddhists on our way to liberation.
How should a Buddhist prepare for his journey?
Earlier I have said that a Buddhist should have four assets. First of them which is ” having a noble friend “. that lead us to obtain information about our way to enlightenment.
But then get exact information to go fast, does not look like an easy task. It would have been easier if we were lucky to meet Lord Buddha alive. But we aren’t. We are here after 2550 years later . But still we are lucky enough to hear Lord Buddha’s teachings via generations of his students. So we can learn from, what is left at the present and try to figure our way.
As a kid I was crazy on reading adventures about treasure hunting. I think path to enlightenment also look like a finding a lost treasure hidden centuries ago. A treasure hunter may try various methods to get his information. He may check in libraries and analyze maps, related books, history, listen to locals and their tales, find guidance that could be trusted, etc. Finally he would decide on those he gathered and plan a strategy.
Monk teaching a student
But then as Buddhists we don’t have much difficulties as a treasure hunter. We have the access to teachings of lord Buddha that were protected from the start by theravadists ( there may be many other resources in other branches, too). So there are guidance and could get a clear idea of what we have to do.
Remember, Lord Buddha has told us that :
( Buddhism and the difference from other paths )
- Dhamma is well told in whole i.e. at the start, at the middle and at the end
- The path has to be understood and experienced by own intelligence of each person.
So what we have to do is listen, read, discuss and then analyze Dhamma carefully ( That is ” Dhamma savana “, the second of the assets in Fortune of a Buddhist. ).
Then we are able to discover our path.