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Friday, April 14, 2017

Differences

You may think that the various religions of the world will, as a natural course of events, tend to become unified, until a single religion answers to the whole world. But this is not so, because such a tendency towards unity is not the natural way a religion develops. In Buddhism for example, there are many different sects or schools. These differences arose from the same teachings because of the differences in the way of life of those who studied the Buddha's teaching. In this way the one religion of Buddhism of the Buddha's time developed into the range of schools existing since then.


It is not possible for a true religion to be limited to one school. When one school develops, it is at the same time the beginning of further divisions. This is not surprising since each one of us is unique and religion strictly speaking is for yourself. 
Realizing the naturalness of different schools, there is harmony among the various sects of Buddhism.  -------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Tony Artino notes Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-05-17 found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC - Many Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on cuke.com - from there links to much more. Going slowly through Suzuki transcripts featuring whatever is next that seeSms okay.