Friday, April 6, 2012

Perception and "the Gaining Mind"

     "When a thief sees a saint, all he sees are his pockets." Sufi saying

     “one’s understanding of the self, the world, and others, when fully perfected, leads to actions whose moral qualities are commensurate with the level and depth of insight or ‘vision’ of one’s mind. That is, the greater one’s intellectual penetration into the fundamental nature of reality, the greater the virtuosity of one’s actions. In short, moral action is the fruit of intellectual insight … the Buddha and Socrates seem to share the view that lack of vision or insight in the realms of epistemology and metaphysics leads inevitably to failure in the moral sphere.”   
       Laumakis SJ. An introduction to Buddhist philosophy. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge UK, 2008. 

     Now I can look at you in peace; I don't eat you anymore.”              Franz Kafka

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