The Three Ways Of Listening
About This Resource
This lesson explores how notions and attitudes can open or close the door to meaningful learning. The three ways of listening are based on a classic Buddhist teaching about the three defects of the pot, which says: 1) Not listening is like being a pot turned upside down; 2) Not retaining what you hear is like being a pot with a hole in it; 3) To mix your own preconceived ideas or negative emotions with what you hear is like being a pot with poison in it. This framework has been taught over the centuries to help bring awareness to the obstacles we might bring to our practice. The goal is to encourage mindful listening in order to fully receive what is being shared. This teaching can be found in the book Words of My Perfect Teacher” by Patrul Rinpoche, and in other classic texts. Illustrations by Alicja Żmigrodzka for Middle Way Education.