If we don’t know who we are, where we are, or if we are at all–then we have no way of relating with the path. Therefore, we have to get into this particular psychology of mind, and we should take a simple and direct approach, without relying on metaphysical or philosophical overlays. Rather than analyze, our aim is simply to notice what we experience already, to relate with the subtlety of our lives.
From “Our Basic Stupidity,” in Cynicism and Magic: Intelligence and Intuition on the Buddhist Path, page 23.
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