The wisdom we’re looking for is not just an answer we get from a religious person or subject matter expert who tells us what to think. Real wisdom is when you find a true question. When you find it, you should not rush to answer it. Stay with it for a while. Make friends with it. We live in “instant times”—instant messaging, instant pictures, fast food—and our mind is accustomed these days to instant gratification. If we bring this expectation to our spiritual path, however, we’ll be disappointed. Some of our questions can’t be answered right away. We must be as patient as scientists are when they run their experiments and diligently evaluate and verify their findings.
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
- Personal verification
- Meeting the Buddha
- Extending our compassion to ourselves
- This daring heart
- The utter simplicity of the Buddha’s message