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We have been conditioned to believe that ‘knowledge is power’ and that the more knowledge we ‘collect’, the more successful and accomplished we’ll be.

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28th February 2021

We have been conditioned to believe that ‘knowledge is power’ and that the more knowledge we ‘collect’, the more successful and accomplished we’ll be.

This is to confuse knowledge for wisdom, in the same way that we confuse money for wealth.

We mistake the menu for the meal and completely forget that it’s the food that matters. You can’t eat the menu any more than you can eat a five-pound note!

Knowledge is no substitute for experience.

On the contrary, knowledge often gets in its way, replacing essential practice with sterile theory, what Buddhism calls the ‘stone Buddha’ syndrome.

Far better to ‘let go’ of over-complicated beliefs, theories, explanations and justifications, however erudite they may be, and just go out and live life. Simply. Compassionately. Patiently. In awe and gratitude at the miracle of nature.

That’s the message of The Way.

It is by shedding some of our conditioning every day that we rediscover who we truly are and our inner peace…

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