In the Mahayana tradition, mindfulness is regarded as wisdom, transcendental knowledge, which is known in Sanskrit as prajna. There are several stages we progress through in our study and cultivation of prajna. These become the means for integrating our understanding into our experience, and progressively developing that experience into the full state of realization.
Understanding Buddhism, says Reginald Ray, takes place in stages of ever-deepening and more direct experience.
The Importance of Study: a panel discussion with Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, John Daido Loori, Christina Feldman and Georges Dreyfus.
Wisdom, says Judy Lief, is not about answers. It’s about the power of questioning, about developing a great inquisitiveness that cuts through all solidity and self-deception.