Reply to a Reader: “Watch Your Step!”

Question:

Dear Sunim,

Tomorrow I will be going into my first four week summer Kyol Che at PZC. Do you have any words of encouragement I can take with me?

Sincerely
[ name withheld ]
( dharma name withheld )

Reply:

“Thus, the Buddha named ten specific sources whose knowledge should not be immediately viewed as truthful without further investigation to avoid fallacies:

Oral history
Traditions
News sources
Scriptures or other official texts
Suppositional reasoning
Philosophical dogmatism
Common sense
One’s own opinions
Experts
Authorities or one’s own teacher.”

Remember this, keep your Great Doubt, and you’re all good. Best wishes!

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