A positive path for spiritual living

11-8-20 Talk Notes: What Aren't We Seeing? (Rev. Mark Schindler)



“The reason we suffer – and the reason we make other people suffer – is that we don’t see the world clearly. At the heart of the Buddhist meditative practice is a radical promise: we can learn to see the world, including ourselves, more clearly and so gain a deep and morally valid happiness.”


“By happiness I mean here a deep sense of flourishing that arises from an exceptionally healthy mind.”


Cognitive Bias Examples (there are dozens):

  • Stereotyping
  • Attribution error


“MINDFULNESS MEDITATION CAN help dissolve the grip of habits like stereotyping and attribution bias, leading to a cleaner, clearer view of what we are encountering, and of various possible resolutions.” Real Change (p. 173).


Active Open Mindedness

  • People should take into consideration evidence that goes against their beliefs.
  • It is more useful to pay attention to those who disagree with you than to pay attention to those who agree.
  • Changing your mind is not a sign of weakness.
  • It is more important to follow the evidence than defend your beliefs.