It is with an objective mind endowed with a curious skepticism that we should engage in careful analysis and seek the reasons [for belief]. Then, on the basis of seeing the reasons, we engender a faith that is accompanied by wisdom.
Now, whenever we engage in an analysis, such as on the nature of mind or reality, if we proceed from the start already convinced that “It must be so and so,” then due to our biases, we will be unable to see the actual truth and will instead see only our naïve projection. It is therefore essential that the analyzing mind strive to be objective and not swayed by prejudices. What we need is a skeptical curiosity, our mind moving between the possibilities, genuinely wondering whether it is thus or some other way…
However, if we maintain an objective stance unswayed by bias yet have no feeling or interest in the analysis, this too is incorrect. We should cultivate a curious mind, drawn toward all possibilities; and when we do, the desire to investigate naturally arises. If the mind drawn toward possibilities is absent, we just abandon the inquiry and simply say dismissively, “I don’t know.” This way, then, brings no real benefit because we are not open to new insights.
Therefore, a curious skepticism is extremely important. For where there is such skepticism, constant inquiry also takes place.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, The Middle Way: Faith Grounded in Reason (Somerville, MA: Wisdom Publications), pp. 13-14.
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