One of my teachers told me that there were two kinds of monks (obviously with a blurred line), scholar monks and meditateor monks. Buddhism needs them both. He remarked that the scholar monks were often frustrated because the had a scholar’s knowledge of where meditation can go before experiencing in from practice. I have purposefully not studied that aspect of Buddhism. I just approach it from the standpoint of the basics of how-to that I was taught with no anticipation or desire about a result.
I do less reading about Buddhism now than I did as a young man though like all things, that is cyclic. I’ll probably do some reading again in the not too distant future. Books that have been helpful haven’t been cannon. At one point when things fell apart I benefited from reading Pema Chödrön’s aptly titled, “When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times.” When my oldest daughter died I found comfort in Brad Warner’s. “There is No God and He is Always With You.” Perhaps, I’ll step outside Theravada and spend some time studying The Diamond Sutra since my first brush with Buddjism was Zen, so many years ago. Thanks for inspiring me to think about that.