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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Mindfulness Training

From the Order of Interbeing

Part 2

"Aware of the suffering created by attachment to views and wrong perceptions, we are determined to avoid being narrow-minded and bound to present views. We shall learn and practice nonattachment from views in order to be open to others' insights and experiences. We are aware that the knowledge we presently possess is not changeless, absolute truth. Truth is found in life, and we will observe life within and around us in every moment, ready to learn throughout our lives."

Zen Buddhism through the scientific method. We need to be mindful that our knowledge is not absolute truth. It is estimated that medical knowledge doubles every five years, including reversal of previously held beliefs and practices. "A scientist with an open mind, who can question the present knowledge of science, will have more of a chance of discovering a higher truth." In our quest for higher understanding, we must constantly challenge our present views of reality, ever incorporating our observations of life around us. The basic teachings of Buddha correlate well with science: nonattachment from views, opinions, prejudices, biases, doctrine, dogma, and ideology is the key technique to understanding. Narrow-mindedness is understanding's nemesis. We must share our observations and experience with others, and share their observations and experiences in order to discover higher truth, gain insight.


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