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I live in a highly christian area and there is a mix views on bible-only for spiritual growth as opposed to traditon/practice for spiritual growth.
On the boards, I notice something similar that Im not familar with in person. When we discuss Buddhism, if its not in the suttas, its commentary or not from The Buddha. While study is important, Im more familar with practice/culture being primary as oppposed to did The Buddha realy teach this; how old is the sutta; fake or real things like that.
Do you think there is another way to approach talking about the validity and understanding of what The Buddha taught without using suttas as almost a divine means to determine who is correct and who is not?