Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Three general kinds of aptitude for spirituality

I don't have it in front of me, but I was reading part of The Good Heart, a book describing the events of an annual retreat on Christian meditation from 1994, the year that the Dalai Lama was asked to lead the seminar. His Holiness said that from his training and experience in Buddhism, there are basically three types of disposition for those on a spiritual journey. The best is one who is very intelligent AND who has a laser-like focus of faith. The next best is someone with a rock solid foundation for faith but who isn't as bright. The worst are those who are intelligent but who are so skeptical and cynical that they are always second-guessing everything and have trouble choosing a path and staying focused on a practice. Guess which of these best describes me...

How about you?
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