Why Four Wisdom Traditions?

It is important to draw wisdom from many different places. If we take it from only one place it becomes rigid and stale. – Iroh

I have not chosen the four traditions of Bodhidaoism haphazardly. I have chosen them so that their strength and weaknesses complement one another.

For example, Stoicism is an active and extroverted tradition. It works great in public life and politics. Daoism, on the other hand, is more introverted and passive, adapting to the flow of things.

Another example, Humanism is about using reason and science to understand and control the world. While Buddhism is about using consciousness and learning to let go and just be. It is about becoming the observer. Humanism is more socially engaged, while Buddhism is more introspective and personal.

Humanism is like fire in teaching you to see the truth, Buddhism is like air teaching to be aware of reality as it is, Daoism is like water in teaching you to flow, and Stoicism is like the Earth in teaching you resilience.

Having Four Wisdom Traditions allows you to draw wisdom from many different places and people. It also helps your mind and heart from becoming rigid and stale. Understanding the Four Wisdom Traditions will help you become whole, balanced, and wiser.

Published by

Jay N. Forrest

Zen Humanist Teacher.