Seeing’s Not Believing

Here’s a new take on an old saying: “Seeing’s not believing.” That’s true. When we see something, we don’t have to believe in it, but we do have to see it properly. We have to look at it—then it might be true. In sharpening our perception completely and properly, we don’t have to put philosophical or metaphysical jargon into it. We are just dealing precisely and directly with how our perception or vision works as we look at an object and how our mind changes by looking at it.

By Chögyam Trungpa, from “New Sight” in True Perception: The Path of Dharma Art, page 69. To sign up for quotes of the week from the Ocean of Dharma, visit here.

Of Interest to Readers
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