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Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, p. 110

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From p. 110 of Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind. (Can’t find other version) [Los Altos]

If you want to understand Buddhism it is necessary for you to forget all about your preconceived ideas. To begin with, you must give up the idea of substantiality or existence. The usual view of life is firmly rooted in the idea of existence. For most people everything exists; they think whatever they see and whatever they hear exists. Of course the bird we see and hear exists. It exists, but what I mean by that may not be exactly what you mean. The Buddhist understanding of life includes both ... Read Transcript (this version is updated and corrected at times. Any other transcripts below are not).

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