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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Not Just for Humans

Buddha's teaching has two faces. One is practical and the other is philosophical. The Four Noble truths and the Eightfold Holy Path are practical teaching. The teaching of interdependence and transiency are the philosophical side. The practical side of the teaching, or the teaching based on value, is for human beings. But the teaching that everything changes and is independent is not just for human beings, it is the teaching for everything.

Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 65-11-00A as found on shunryusuzuki.com - Edited by DC