The Buddhist tradition teaches the truth of impermanence, or the transitory nature of things. The past is gone and the future has not yet happened, so we work with what is here – the present situation. This actually helps us not to categorize or theorize. A fresh, living situation is taking place all the time, on the spot. This noncategorical approach comes from being fully here, rather than trying to reconnect with past events. We don’t have to look back to the past in order to see what people are made out of. Human beings speak for themselves, on the spot.
from the book The Sanity We Are Born With: A Buddhist Approach to Psychology
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Further quotes from the book The Sanity We Are Born With:
- Tuning in to life
- Glimpse of Enlightenment
- Giving up goal, aim, and object
- The importance of patience
- The approach of mindfulness of life
- The freshness of not rebuilding
- These situations are the scriptures
- Sanity on the spot
- Ego is a filter
- Emotions are part of you