Common steps and sub-activities
Some of the best sutras have no meaning. That is their purpose. You read them and let them confuse you, the more confused the better.
The Sutra of Hui-Neng – Grand Master of Zen [translated by Thomas Cleary]
‘If you just keep reciting and consider that an accomplishment, how is that different from a yak admiring its tail?’
Fa-ta said ‘Does that mean I shouldn’t bother to recite the sutra as long as I can understand the meaning?’
‘If you recite it and also act on it mentally, then you are reading the sutra; if you recite it but don’t practise it mentally, then you are being read by the sutra’.