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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Buddhism Not Buddha's Invention

These teachings are not just Buddha's invention. The teachings are based on eternal and universal truth.

Buddhism has its validity or universality in the scientific world, that is why people like Buddhism. For a Buddhist there is no reason to be proud of the teaching because of its universality. But there is a danger for Buddhism in its universality and profundity. Buddhism, at the same time, is a very practical, vital, and active teaching. A Buddhist should be concentrated on his practice, rather than on philosophical study. Buddhism should not disappear into the realm of science or philosophy. This is a pretty important point in studying Buddhism and we should always be concentrated on our sincere effort and practice. That is why we reject the idea of gaining from our practice.

Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 65-11-00A as found on  - verbatim version not available.