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Thursday, December 29, 2022

Not So Dualistic

So, when we say, “everything has buddha-nature,” this is already wrong. But tentatively, we must say everything has buddha-nature. For instance, you say, I have two eyes. But we do not say, I have two eyes. We say, “There is two eyes.” The meaning is different, and in Chinese the word “have” means “skin,” which is part of our body. So, when we say, “I have two eyes,” it means our eyes are a part of us. And we do not even say “I.” “There is two eyes,” we say. So, when we say, “everything has buddha-nature,” what we mean is not so dualistic. —Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-06-B - as found on edited by PF. Go to for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.