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I have just started reading no death, no fear by Thich Nhat Hanh.  I am only a few pages in and am already struck by the depth of his wisdom.  He writes that the world suffers greatly from our tendency to be dogmatic.  Freedom is freedom from our notions and concepts which can trap us and cause personal and interpersonal suffering.

“The Buddha said that if you get caught in one idea and consider it to be ‘the truth,’ then you miss the chance to know the truth. Even if the truth comes in person and knocks at your door, you will refuse to open your mind. So if you are committed to an idea about truth or to an idea about the conditions necessary for happiness, be careful. The first Mindfulness Training is about freedom from views:

Aware of the suffering created by fanaticism and intolerance, we are determined not to be idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory or ideology, even Buddhist ones. Buddhist teachings are guiding means to help us learn to look deeply and to develop our understanding and compassion. They are not doctrines to fight, kill or die for.”

If we are to be free, we must have an open mind.  We must be open to revelation.

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