Right View

In Zoomology and as Zoomologists we speak of finding the most helpful perspective. Of seeking out the most helpful perspective in any given situation.  This is underpinned by the Zoom-Out principle:

“All perspectives are wrong but some are helpful”

The Buddhist philosophy has a powerful resonance with such Zoom-Out principles. One aspect of the Buddhist philosophy, in particular, is the notion of ‘ignorance’ (Avidyā). Ignorance in this sense refers to our distorted view of reality and is the root cause of Dukkha (suffering, pain, unsatisfactoriness). The Buddhist path, therefore, involves obtaining a less distorted view of reality especially with regard to impermanence and our notions of self amongst other considerations.

This concept runs through the Buddhist “Noble Eightfold Path” and begins with “right view” (or “right understanding”).

“The purpose of right view is to clear one’s path from confusion, misunderstanding, and deluded thinking. It is a means to gain right understanding of reality. In the interpretation of some Buddhist movements, state Religion Studies scholar George Chryssides and author Margaret Wilkins, right view is non-view: as the enlightened become aware that nothing can be expressed in fixed conceptual terms and rigid, dogmatic clinging to concepts is discarded.” – source Wikipedia

 

 

 

 

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