I recall the 'good ole days' when slogans like 'By Scripture/Faith Alone', 'Through Christ Alone' were hammered into my psyche as a Protestant Christian back then and then when destiny saw it fit to see my move into Catholic Christianity, I saw the value of Apostolic Tradition complementing scripture and faith in order to allow my feeble mind to see all angles...
Now as a Buddhist, oft have I heard how either/or a combination...
1. The Sutras are hailed as the 'IT', straight from the 'horse's mouth', the Buddha, and in that alone one finds his/her study, practice and realisation.
2. That the Abhidharma, Sastras (Commentaries/Treatises) and oral instructions of a teacher are all a waste of time, 'adding a head on top of another'
3. That anything written/taught formally i.e Sutras/Abhidharma/Commentaries are to be cast away.
Perhaps, the Sixth Patriarch Hui Neng already saw it happening in his time...
http://www.sinc.sunysb.edu/Clubs/buddhi ... eng10.html
"A bigoted believer in Nihilism blasphemes against the Sutras on the ground that literature (i.e., the Buddhist Scriptures) is unnecessary (for the study of Buddhism). If that were so, then neither would it be right for us to speak, since speech forms the substance of literature.
He would also argue that in the direct method (literally, the straight Path) literature is discarded.
But does he appreciate that the two words 'is discarded' are also literature?
Upon hearing others speak of Sutras, such a man would criticize the speakers as 'addicted to scriptural authority'.
It is bad enough for him to confine this mistaken notion to himself, but in addition, he blasphemes against the Buddhist scriptures.
You men should know that it is a serious offence to speak ill of the Sutras, for the consequence is grave indeed!
"He who believes in the reality of outward objects tries to seek the form (from without) by practicing a certain system of doctrine.
He may furnish spacious lecture-halls for the discussion of Realism or Nihilism, but such a man will not for numerous Kalpas realize the Essence of Mind.
What's your experience?