October 29, 1973 . Monday Evening 

On Not Believing One’s Own Mind  

Ven. Master Hsuan Hua


Master to the young woman: Don’t believe your own mind. Because you have not become a sage, you cannot believe your own ideas. That’s from the Buddha. Buddha said, “Be careful not to believe your own mind. Your mind is not trustworthy. It is only after you become an Arhat at the fourth stage that you can trust your own mind.” Once you have achieved that level of sagehood, which means you will have ended birth and death, then you can believe your own ideas and trust your own opinions and understandings.


Timely Teachings, page 71.