a “don't know” quality

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Harriet Dufresnes

Senior Member

I have a question from a book titled "Buddha's Brain" by Rick Hanson. It's a book about neurological background of a path to wisdom, through mindfulness practices.

Full Quote: "In spiritual practice, empathy sees how we are all related to each other. It is mindful and curious, with a “don’t know” quality that prevents you from getting stuck in your own views."

I can’t quite grasp the meaning of a "don't know quality." Is it something like "realizing that you don't know everything?"

Thanks in advance!
  • Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    I would not like to say for certain what the writer meant, but I agree with your suggestion, except I might have said "anything" instead of "everything".
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