For the Buddhist teachings to lead to wisdom we need to know how to use them.
To develop wisdom we need to spend the time to hear, reflect and meditate on the Buddhist teaching:
- Hearing – You hear the teachings from qualified teachers.
- Reflecting – You reflect on the meaning of the teachings using critical intelligence and reference to your experience.
- Meditating – You put the teachings into practice and recognize their truth through direct non-dual experience.
We continually repeat these three phases in order to deepen our understanding and insight. Each time we receive Buddhist teachings (hearing) we must take them away, reflect on their meaning and meditate on them. As the fourth century Indian master Vasubhandu declared:
“On the basis of moral discipline, practice hearing, reflecting and meditating.”