Question: How can one with less than average intelligence understand the Dharma enough to be able to practice it? Compare this to some other faiths that advocate ‘believe and you will be saved’. Even a simple-minded person can do this. But Buddhism seems very different?
Answer: For those less intelligent, the Buddha is able to used simpler but nevertheless skilful means to guide them with the Dharma. As wisdom grows in good time, all will be well. It is often mistaken that Buddhism is only for the intellectually-inclined, as there are aspects of the Buddha’s teachings that are for the faith-inclined too. Of course, such faith ideally shouldn’t be blind. That said, there are countless devoted Buddhists who are not exactly the smartest of people, who are nevertheless faithful in the right direction.
Here is a remarkable instance, of how the Buddha is able to guide someone who was faith-inclined to the Dharma. It is an incident based in the Dhammapada: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/