LUV iz… knowing what you now kNOW

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The Buddha insisted strongly on the necessity of examining the propositions put forward by Him, and
of understanding them personally before accepting them as true.

The ancient texts leave no doubt on this
point:

“Do not believe on the strength of traditions even if they have been held in honour for many
generations and in many places; do not believe anything because many people speak of it; do not believe
on the strength of sages of old times;

do not believe that which you have yourselves imagined, thinking
that a god has inspired you.

Believe nothing which depends only on the authority of your masters or of
priests.
After investigation, believe that which you have yourselves tested and found reasonable, and
which is for your good and that of others.”

“Doubt is an incitement to research, and research is the path to true knowledge.”

“Why are these teachings secret?

Does that mean I can’t write and tell about them?”

“No, Alexandra, these teachings are not called ‘secret’ because it is forbidden to talk about them.

They are ‘secret’ because so few who hear them understand.”

{ Secret Oral Teachings in Tibetan
Buddhist Sects by Alexandra David-Néel and Lama Yongden (1967) }

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