But Not Any Wicked Thing

“I always loved the passage where the Buddha is giving instruction on the art of meditation and he is describing a number of things on which one could concentrate. A commentator is making little notes on this and has made his list of things on which you could concentrate, like a square drawn on the ground or the tip of your nose or a leaf or a stone, and then it says, ‘or on anything.’ The commentators adds the footnote ‘but not any wicked thing.’ That’s professional clergy for you, the world over.” – Alan Watts, Buddhism the Religion of No-Religion

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