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Thursday, February 1, 2024

Historical Buddha

Buddha was not God Himself, but was a human being. But for his followers, he was a kind of Perfect One. He attained enlightenment and reached to the bottom of our human nature. He was enlightened in human nature, which is universal, true nature. His human nature is universal to everyone and every being. And he subdued all the emotions and the thinking mind. He conquered all of this, and all of the world, and became a World Honored One. He had this confidence when he attained enlightenment, and his followers listened to him as to a teacher who is also the Perfect One.

Gandhara Buddha at SFZC for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-10-20 as found on, edited by PF. Go to for the Instagram version.