Our Beautiful Castle of Cards

David Price
4 min readDec 3, 2023
From Campi Torsionali all’opera

Without working on emotions, spirituality is just a castle of cards.

The source of most diseases is the mind, so the mind can overcome most diseases.

— Nikola Tesla

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I beseech you, creative intellectuals the world over, look at the pursuit of knowledge like a Buddhist monk looks at the pursuit of enlightenment: the journey is the thing, the pursuit is the thing.

There is no such thing as enlightenment. There is no such thing as Absolute Truth. There is no such thing as Perfection.

As the Zen Koan states, “If you should meet Buddha on the path, kill him.” Meaning: “kill” that part of yourself that mistakenly believes it has achieved enlightenment. Put even more succinctly: kill belief itself. Everything is questionable. Certainty is an illusion.

— Gary Z McGee

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The purpose of all the wisdom teachings in Buddhism, the teachings focused on emptiness, is to loosen the heaviness, the concretizing function of our mind, so that we become light and delicate and start to feel the possibilities of movement. Then compassion flows as required, for compassion is the capacity to be with others, to reach and make a connection with them in as many ways as possible according to the situation

— James Low

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There is a simple practice we can do to cultivate forgiveness. First we acknowledge what we feel — shame, revenge, embarrassment, remorse. Then we forgive ourselves for being human. Then, in the spirit of not wallowing in the pain, we let go and make a fresh start…

~Pema Chödrön

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I’m under no illusion that I’ve attained anything resembling enlightenment but the pursuit of greater understanding is important to me because I, like everyone else, need more clarity about being human. I, like everyone else, have been wounded and confused and challenged by events. Being a successful human is a spiritual project, which has nothing to do with what we believe or don’t believe. We need more than belief, which is little more than guesses, in my opinion. We need connection and compassion that flows in all directions.

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David Price

I write about creativity, loving, language learning and psycho/spirituality. I’m a longtime painter and reader.