Thread: Attachment to Views

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    Attachment to Views

    The first two of Ven.Thich Nhat Hanh's Fourteen Precepts of Engaged Buddhism are:

    1.Do not be idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory, or ideology, even Buddhist ones. Buddhist systems of thought are guiding means; they are not absolute truth.

    2.Do not think the knowledge you presently possess is changeless, absolute truth. Avoid being narrow-minded and bound to present views. Learn and practice non-attachment from views in order to be open to receive others’ viewpoints. Truth is found in life and not merely in conceptual knowledge. Be ready to learn throughout your entire life and to observe reality in yourself and in the world at all times.

    Any thoughts? Do some of us tend to get narrow- minded about our beliefs and practices ?

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    Global Moderator Esho's Avatar
    Under the Bodhi Tree
    I don't seek for truth; I seek cessation of suffering: I have found the teaching that has fitted perfectly well with me; no need to look at other teachings any more; other teachings are OK, no problem but I don't care for them: Zazen has brought me peace and happiness to my life.

    I don't know if this makes me narrow minded or not.

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