I am really enjoying reading Buddhist Legends
, by Eugene Watson Burlingame. It's the origin stories of the verses of the Dhammapada.
But I find I am reading it more for entertainment than for wholesome reasons. The stories are really interesting, clever, and yes I must admit, wise. There's suspense, surprise, battles, fights, love, tragedy, and a very colourful metaphysics.
Is this okay? I felt a bit guilty when I realised I was treating it as entertainment rather than a profound spiritual teaching.
Maybe that's just my judaeo-christian upbringing... I think I have some silly idea that if it's good for me, I should not be enjoying it. Or that if I am enjoying it, I should be treating a sacred text more seriously and soberly.
But I should snap out of it and just enjoy the stories, right?
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