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Friday, December 23, 2005

The Wise Man Recognizes His Own Ignorance


A fool who recognizes his own ignorance is thereby in fact a wise man, but a fool who considers himself wise -- that is what one really calls a fool.

~Gautama Buddha

James's comment: This reminds me of something I read that HH the Dalai Lama said:

The one-time boy king has become the most celebrated man in robes since Mahatma Gandhi, whom he says is his major role model, along with American civil rights advocate Martin Luther King Jr. Yet he insists he never sought the limelight. Others may worship him as a living god, but the Dalai Lama says he's "just a simple monk" with no exceptional wisdom to impart. "Others are always making too much of my words," he says. "People are too serious. All the time, too serious."

-Peace to all beings-

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4 comments:

Jewish Atheist said...

"Others are always making too much of my words," he says. "People are too serious. All the time, too serious."

I love it. I wish all religious leaders said this.

"James" said...

Jewish: Yeah, I think that the world would be a MUCH better place if more religious leaders were as humble as the Dalai Lama.

Nacho said...

Ah, a perfect line indeed. Too serious we tend to get. I've always been lighthearted and frolicky. I don't like much seriousness, and always walk around with a smile. Funny thing, people wonder and ask me what is it that makes me so happy. People find it suspicious, and they think things have to be given this huge gravitas! : )

James, all the best to you and family. Feliz Navidad!

"James" said...

Nacho: Yeah, I take myself a bit too seriously sometimes and so this is a great lesson.

(bows)

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