Reading some appreciations of a sutra elsewhere made me want to say ....
Can we all please, please, please, please, please, please, please make some effort to remember that texts and temples and gurus and saints and all the truly wonderful encouragements of spiritual endeavor are only for one thing ... repeat, ONLY: They are specifically for you. There is no other purpose whatsoever ... ever!
Yes, those who enjoy a particular school or style or flavor of teaching can become very well versed; they can put the teachings to the test if they have the determination; they can ingest and digest until the cows come home. And it may be a very good thing.
But what is the cornerstone, the sine qua non, the alpha and omega of all such exercises and efforts and wisdoms? There is no framing your true nature ... there are only frames in which to place your own beautiful painting.
Without you, the whole matter falls on its face.
With you, the whole matter falls on its face.
Who is it who could possibly fall on his or her face?
It's not a big deal, but I think it's worth keeping in mind.