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    Booklearning helps but is not essential.

    Things become clear as progress is made on the path. This happens naturally without pre-conditions that such and such must be understood. Progress is made by the practice of sila, samadhi and panna. Morality, Concentration of the mind and Wisdom, In-Sight. The three sections of the Noble Path. That is all a beginner needs to do. The right practice of it then proves itself. Understanding and faith arises. Progress is determined by the capacities of the path-walker. Largely the amount of old sankharas and the effort made.

    Booklearning helps but is not essential. This is not an anti intellectualism monologue. This is an attempt to distill the essentials of the teachings of the Buddhas.

    Gotama Buddha said it best : "To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas."

    Sila, Samadhi, Panna. Take the five precepts, practice anapana for one pointed focus, and practice vipassana, the continuous equanimous awareness of the rising and passing away of all things. That's it.
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    Book learning do help but as said in the OP it is not always needed, if one can gain access to dhamma talks from monks online or in monastary that is the best way to learn the dhamma. because listening to true dhamma hold truth better then a book. But also here it can be difficult because even monks do sometimes have problems understanding deeper dhamma. This is where one must cultivate for on our own. To listen, then ask questions, then reflect on the answer, to meditate on the question, then more reflection and study.

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    Yes, it depends what you see the books doing for you. For me they are distillations of hundreds or even thousands of years of experience with meditation and the path. We can take things on board or dismiss them as not being relevant to us right now, perhaps with a view to reviewing our understanding later. What we shouldn't do is to follow them blindly or to ignore them totally.

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    Book learning is important to avoid the wrong use of words found in the opening post. The opening post appears to be an example of clinging to a guru that describes words incorrectly. The opening post may give the impression it is essentially saying: "all books are unimportant; except books of Goenka". The misconstruing of "anapanasati", for example, is particularly unbeneficial.

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