Q. Why is practice required in Buddhism? Isn’t worshipping the Buddha enough as a religion?

A. Worshipping some imaginary being, without knowing what it is, is referred to as superstition, or blind faith. The difference between a religion and a superstition is that the former helps people to realise what the object of their faith is, while the latter induces people into blind faith.

Truth is not truth until you realise it, just as a meal becomes a meal only when you eat it. Intellectual understanding of Buddhism is to appreciating a picture of food as enlightenment is to eating food. The purpose of practice is to demystify the divine into something realistic that can be visible and tangible, that is, to turn something imaginary into reality through personal experience.

©Boo Ahm

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