find it difficult to read the Buddhist scriptures. They seem to be long,
repetitious and boring.
- When we pick
up a religious scripture we expect to read words of exaltations, joy or
praise that will uplift and inspire us. Consequently, someone reading the
Buddhist scriptures is likely to be a bit disappointed. While some of the
Buddha's discourses contain considerable charm and beauty most resemble
philosophical thesis with definitions of terms, carefully reasoned arguments,
detailed advice on conduct or meditation and precisely stated truths. They
are meant to appeal to the intellect, not the emotions. When we stop comparing
the Buddhist scriptures to those of other religions we will see that they
have their own kind of beauty - the beauty of clarity, of depth and of wisdom.