February 22, 2009

Knowledge Is Not Wisdom

Please do not confuse knowledge with wisdom or sense. One can possess great knowledge yet be utterly confused by things. A man may be able to recite the sutras and texts by heart, yet have no idea how to use them in life. Perhaps he knows how a stove works, can take it apart and put it back together again, yet lacks the sense to take his hands off the stove when it gets hot. It is useful to read about the Tao, but more useful to know and understand how it works and to actually practice it. A man with a bright flashlight is pointless in the bright sunshine, but in a dark cave, he is quite helpful.