What is the difference between reading Sutta and reading a Novel?

What is the difference between reading Sutta and reading a Novel?

I wonder whether reading Sutta and engage in Sutta discussion is a form of sensual pleasures.

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[quote=“SarathW1, post:1, topic:4689”]
I wonder whether reading Sutta and engage in Sutta discussion is a form of sensual pleasures.
[/quote]It can be. As anything can be. That doesn’t mean it always is.

Some people read a sutta or two (or many) and think they are enlightened. They think they get it all because they read it. They say things like “you shouldn’t interpret the suttas, just read them” or they say things like “the suttas say what the suttas say” when asked an inquiry as to why they believe X or Y wild extrapolation (sound familiar? these are all talking points of sola scriptura tota scriptura ideology, an ideology foreign to Buddhism, “Early” or not, and the adaption of which, in Buddhism, constitutes an innovation in Dhamma). For these people, the Buddha, in the suttas, says whatever he “appears” to say to the reader on a casual surface-level perusal. If another sutta disagrees? “Throw it out!” they say. “Obviously” it is corrupted. It disagrees with them. It’s funny how the Buddha only disagrees with such readers when it is a corrupt sutta. For these people it is an ego excersize to read suttas.

Many people read the suttas and do not say such things. Suttas are good for them. Most people don’t become “sutta-fundamentalists”. That being said, when people do they make a lot of noise and that is a shame.

There are some parts of the nikayas that are more like a novel for example some parts from DN or MN. Then there are other parts that are more like a mechanical book. (SN, AN) And there are also parts that give general advice about dealing with life problems.

Those parts that are more like a mechanical book should be “attended as a matter of vital concern” and require quite a bit of contemplation to understand. Those parts can not be read like a novel, they have to be read with close attention and focus on the subject, just like one would read a book for an important exam at school, maybe even more seriously.

No doubts! :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes: