Whatever one is trying to learn, it is necessary to have firsthand experience, rather than learning from books or from teachers or by merely conforming to an already established pattern. That is what Buddha discovered, and in that sense Buddha was a great revolutionary in his way of thinking. He determined to accept nothing which he had not first discovered for himself.
From "The Life and Example of Buddha," in Meditation in Action, page 5.
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