Listen to everyone, follow no one
We are social beings. Our values and opinions are created by exposing ourselves to others. That’s why it’s essential to join conversations and to be challenged by new (or even better, opposing) ideas.
In this, novices to this practice usually have an easier time than veterans. The reason is simple; veterans are grown to a particular viewpoint, backed up by many examples, quotes, and ideas. They feel they know themselves. Being exposed to new ideas creates friction, it’s hard to reconcile a new thing when we carry already so much. However, you cannot value a new view unless you understand it, and to understand one must listen.
But then, novices have the hardest time with the second part of the equation; having less friction to new ideas, they adopt new things with no questions at all, and that leads to dogma.
When the spiritual teacher and his disciples began their evening...
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