One who wishes to reach the Buddha-Dharma
- Buddha: the "one-who-know," the one who has purity, radiance and peace in heart.
- Dharma: the characteristics of purity, radiance, and peace which arise from virtue, concentration, and wisdom.
Progress without practice?
|Please help me! - Take my medicine (practice).|
On the bottle are written detailed instructions on how to take the medicine, but no matter how many hundreds of times the patient reads the directions, one is bound to die if that is all one does.
Reading is not enough. One will gain no benefit from the medicine. And before one dies one may complain bitterly that the doctor wasn’t any good, that the medicine didn’t work! One will think that the doctor was a fake or that the medicine was worthless, yet one has only wasted time examining the bottle, reading and re-reading the instructions. One hasn’t followed the advice of the doctor and actually taken the medicine.
These persons gradually reduce clinging and attachment. They do not hold onto things, and their minds reach a deep understanding of the Dharma. Depending upon the degree of non-attachment and wisdom they are progressively known as stream-enterers, once-returners, and non-returners, or simply, noble [i.e., enlightened] ones.