It seems to me that many Buddhists spend a lot of time trying to understand the Buddha by reading sutra’s. They learn Pali terms for different energies and emotions, to try to get closer to the original meaning of what was said 2,500 years ago. What they don’t realise is that that is a path to understanding realisation, rather than achieving it.
Ajahn Chah says that rather than burying your nose in books, one should study ones own heart. It is likely to get one closer, by growing ones connection to the heart and training you to look at it closely, but I think it is still a path of understanding.
Where do we go for a path of realisation? Well, the traditional Buddhist answer would be practice. But the last few days I have been looking at Douglas Harding and his headless way, and there are some interesting experiments on his website which confront us with the fact that our reality is not exactly as it at first appears.
The interviews on the website are worthwhile too, such gentle people and what a breath of freedom.