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Friday, May 3, 2024

View of Both Being and Non-being

We see there is constant electric light, but that light is always a current of back and forth. So, Buddhists call thinking everything exists constantly a kind of naive way of observing things which is an aspect of our being. And when you understand everything changes and everything is changing, like electric light or fire, we call this kind of view, a view of non-being. And if someone has a view of seeking for happiness, it means that he is seeking for something which is impossible. And if you have the view of non-being, you will not care for anything. If you accept things in that way, your way of life is very empty. So, our way of observing things is both—based on views of both being and non-being. We know that a view of being is too naive, and a view of non-being is too logical or too critical. A true view of life should be both. View of being and view of non-being. This is our way.

Steve Jobs meditating for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-12-21 as found on, edited by PF. Go to for the Instagram version.