Ironically, in some respects, modern science has become our collective religion. We tend to believe what science tells us about our physical reality without much thought. On the other hand, when we’re told about the true nature of mind, we don’t easily believe it. Why do we believe in black holes, something we can’t readily experience, but doubt that our mind is awakened? While we may not have the opportunity to personally verify the research of scientists, we can evaluate the Buddha’s teachings on mind firsthand. At some point, after a period of questioning, analysis, and meditation, we can say with certainty whether those teachings are true in our experience or not.
from the book Rebel Buddha: On the Road to Freedom
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Further quotes from the book Rebel Buddha:
- Clearly seeing what is truth and what is illusion
- Meeting the Buddha
- Extending our compassion to ourselves
- This daring heart
- The utter simplicity of the Buddha’s message