I must admit, I have a liking for simple teachings. Which teachings do I find simple? For example, that clinging creates suffering, and that by letting go we can find peace and happiness. Profound, but easy to understand, and not too difficult to apply.
Which teachings we find difficult, on the other hand, is something that is quite personal. For me, it’s those that do not cause an intuitive ah-ha moment, a realisation that we have grasped it inside. Anatta is one, emptiness is another. I can have these teachings explained to me, but the explanation is always slightly roundabout, and while it may be easy to understand it often doesn’t appear intuitive to me.
There is something in me that says, if there is not that intuitive realisation that “this is true” then in a way the teaching is not a true teaching. In a way this is related to there being a way of testing the teachings, of seeing internally if something is true, if it aligns with and extends what you have found to be so.
How do you relate to what you consider difficult teachings? Which teachings do you find difficult?