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Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Absolute Value

Men and woman are different, but we Buddhists understand them to have the same virtue. We say, because we are not the same we have the same virtue. Each one has their own special value which you cannot compare with some other value. What we talk about is absolute value for each being. So, because we are different we have absolute value. This is an important point. —Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-02-00-A - as found on edited by PF. Go to or for links to the full Shunryu Suzuki lecture and the source of the photo.

Close up from day of Mel Weitsman's shuso ceremony at Tassajara, April 1970. Click for interactive photo with names.