I just had a thought to ask the Ajahns what their favourite or most meaningful Sutta is for them, but why not ask all of you.
If you were to pick one Sutta that keeps you on track or you just love more than any other or one that inspires the most faith and practice for you, what would it be? What if we all list 1 or 2 Suttas. 1 is kind of hard, but let’s try to keep it to 2 max so that we can all look at everyone’s suggestions if this is fun for you.
I hope you like this idea. Maybe it’s been done before.
For me, I think I would have to say Tears and the Bahia Sutta.
Tears has helped me stay here, on track and it has helped me to not give up when I’ve gotten depressed or in a panic attack. It helps me remember that if I check out then I will be setting myself up for another ocean of tears and I could suffer a lot more than I am at that moment.
The Bahiya Sutta is so key for me because it informs me how to practice, just the seen, just the scent and so on.
“In that case, Bāhiya, you should train yourself thus: In what is seen there must be only what is seen, in what is heard there must be only what is heard, in what is sensed there must be only what is sensed, in what is cognized there must be only what is cognized. This is the way, Bāhiya, you should train yourself."
This makes the practice doable, right here and now for me. I don’t have to reach Jhana in this moment, even though it is incredibly valuable and I should and will practice this, but I can just step back from the sense doors at any moment and experience instant relief and joy.
The Bahiya Sutta