Astus wrote:I don't think that Buddhism is much different from any other field of knowledge. You learn about it, you understand it, you put it into practice. Trying to put something into practice what one has no or minimal information of is simply ineffective. So when it is said, "do meditation", it has to be clear what that meditation actually means and what the process of it is. If one knows only as much as to count the inhalation and exhalation that it is that much one can develop and attain. If one knows how to go from counting breath to eventually gaining insight into emptiness then that path one can go through. Ignorance is the root of suffering, on every level.
I am not disputing that. I am talking about folks who have some of understanding of teachings but still love to talk about emptiness as if it can be reached through intellect. Dwelling the in delusion of what emptiness is or is not is not gonna help with meditation. We have faith in the teaching of emptiness and similar teachings and some ideas about emptiness, but to truly understand it we have to experience it by becoming enlightened ourselves.
Yes, you have to practice and yes you have to study the teachings...but philosophizing about emptiness is not gonna do any good. Why? Because emptiness is for us to experience but not for us to discuss. That's the goal. Yes, you can practice without bothering with learning emptiness. Theravadins don't believe in emptiness. As long as you understand the basic teaching that there is suffering, and to end the cause of suffering through whatever method of meditation you are employing. My meditation is NAM MO A DI DA PHAT. What is your meditation? Meditation is the practice of detaching from the 3 karma of body, speech, and mind.