For beginning students interested in the Dhamma, the teachers will start the student out in the teaching of virtue. There are precepts and many rules, formalities and social conventions. After the students are grounded in morality and virtue so as to become purified, the student are taught meditation (you know the part about folks sitting on a cushion and generally in pain) and that is suppose to lead to wisdom. That’s the path, in Pail (Maghati Language) stated sila, samadhi panna, or virtue, meditation then to wisdom. That is the mundane path. That is what is taught to new students weather as an Asian Child or a fully grown westerner.
The supra-mundane path is more in the way the Buddha set it out, as Panna, sila, samadhi. Panna: Wisdom (in the form of supra-mundane right view as the starting point), Sila: Virtue that comes from wisdom not from following rules and instructions. This leads to a different kind of Samadhi: Concentration, the Noble right concentration of the Buddha is an open and fully aware way to concentrate, not the narrow focus of a tightly controlled concentrated mind that’s developed in the practice called Jhana that the Buddha trained in BEFORE his enlightenment.
Those who are interested in doing the deeper investigations of the supra-mundane Dhamma, will have many things to unlearn. Much of the teaching of religions in general need to be unlearned and this is true in the case of the Buddhist Religion. The more Buddhist Religion one knows the more unlearning one must go through. Learning the supra-mundane Dhamma is mostly the work of removing and unlearning much of what has been taught in the name of Buddhist Religion. The supra-mundane is easier learned when there are no old beliefs that must be removed. The supra-mundane is a path of letting go, a dropping away of all the things causing suffering. Eventually letting go of everything. Bhikkhu Buddhadasa’s most famous one liner, is “Nothing is worth clinging to as I me or mine”
When the spiritual friend challenges a student using questions and stories, it is not to invite the student to challenge his friend and helper in return, but rather to investigate ones own mind to see what is being taught fits with the reality of the students new and deeper understandings.
If one wants to benefit from developing the skills of happiness, please be ready to pay attention closely, because things are not easily seem through the filers that generally exist in a untrained mins (or a mind that has not been properly trained).
Currently there are a few videos on Youtube under the title of dhammarato or dhammarato16. If one wants to start training in the supra-mundane Dhamma of the Buddha, email firstname.lastname@example.org