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  • Writer's pictureLama Jigme Gyatso

In every human endeavor...

In every human endeavor,

be it spiritual

or be it secular

the majority

tend towards fundamentalism:

rigid, aggressive, frightened

and authoritarianistic;

but that is NOT

what the Buddha endorsed.

Where the liberals

take truth

as the source

of authority


tend to take authority

as the source of truth;

sometimes uttering,

“It’s true,

because I said so!

or a subtly more indirect,

“it is true,

because he said so.”

The proof of the pudding

is NOT in the recommendations of others;

the proof of the pudding

is in the tasting!

What if the test

of any philosophy

or any technique

was simply the effects generated

in one’s body and mind

after a week or two

of practicing it

every morning

and every evening?

For if a philosophy

or a technique

be well practiced

yet remain impotent

to liberate us

from the tyranny

of our rage,

or terror,

or despair,

then what good

is it?

The Buddha’s life story

be it literal

or merely allegoric


the seekers journey

from authoritarianism

to experimentalism;

from blindly trusting teachers

to rigorously testing the instructions

in the laboratory

of our bodies

and our minds.


let us follow

the example

of the Buddha.

Let us conclude

with a simple

call to action

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