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Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Truth Itself

We have to have some idea beyond the incarnated Buddha, or Shakyamuni Buddha, or the Nirmanakaya Buddha. That Buddha is the Sambogakaya Buddha. The Sambogakaya Buddha is the Perfect One, and truth itself. When he is seen by people as truth, he may be a teacher. Even plants and animals, mountains or rivers, can also be our teacher when we have eyes to see this. So when the historical Buddha has this kind of background, when he is elevated to this stage, he will be accepted as our teacher in the true sense.

The Church Creek Canyon as seen from the Pine Ridge Trail for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-10-21 as found on, edited by PF. Go to for the Instagram version.