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March 28th, 2015

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« Prajña  does not refer to passive knowledge, such as knowing facts from the Guiness Book of Records or knowing how to get from Seattle to New York. Rather, prajña  is the active inquisitiveness of mind, its basic curiosity of wanting to know and wanting to find out how things really are. If we look at the Buddha’s own career, this is exactly how he started. He did not start with the answers or by following some religion, tradition, or code of behavior. He started with questions.
   This is the hallmark of the Buddhist path —trying to find out what is really going on in every moment, what is going on in our mind, what is going on in our environment, and what is going on with other people. In this way, prajña  entails basic intelligence, intelligence in its original meaning, which is deep insight and the ability to finely discriminate and distinguish things. »
— Karl Brunnhölzl,
    « The Heart Attack Sūtra: A New Commentary on the Heart Sūtra »

   « Finely discriminating and distinguishing things » doesn't automatically imply trying to fix things, to control things, to force them to comply with preconceptions and "should"s… It doesn't mean passivity either… How do you understand it?

Illustration: "Wisdom of Sustainability" by © Gonkar Gyatso