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Friday, June 19, 2015

Oneness and Variety

Sometimes some people put the stress on oneness but this is not our understanding. We do not emphasize any point particularly. Oneness is valuable and variety is also wonderful.

Sometimes people may ignore variety and emphasize the one absolute existence, but this is one sided. In this understanding there is a gap between variety and unity, or oneness. Oneness and variety are the same thing. So, oneness should be appreciated in each existence. That is why we emphasize everyday life rather than some particular state of mind. We should find reality in each moment and each phenomenon. This is a very important point.

Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 66-01-06 as found on shunryusuzuki.comEdited by DC 

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