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“This perplexed questioning is the central path itself. In refusing to be drawn into the answers of …
May 22nd, 2012
"This perplexed questioning is the central path itself. In refusing to be drawn into the answers of 'yes' and 'no,' 'it is this,' and 'it is not that,' it lets go of the extremes of affirmation and negation, something and nothing. Like life itself, it just keeps going, free from the need to hold to any fixed positions - including those of Buddhism. It prevents the quality of awareness from becoming a passive, routinized stance, which may accord with a belief system but renders experience numb and opaque. Perplexity keeps awareness on its toes. It reveals experience as transparent, radiant, and unimpeded. Questioning is the track on which the centered person moves.
Fired with intensity, but free from turbulence and the compulsion for answers, questioning is content just to let things be. There is not even a hidden agenda at work behind the scenes. Expectations of goals and rewards (such as Enlightenment) are recognized for what they are: last-ditch attempts by the ghostly self to subvert the process to its own ends."
(Stephen Batchelor, in "Buddhism without belief - a contemporary guide to awakening")