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This is why I love Eastern philosophy...

What is meant by nonduality, Mahatmi? It means that light and shade, long and short, black and white, can only be experienced in relation to each other; light is not independent of shade, nor black of white. There are no opposites, only relationships. In the same way, nirvana and the ordinary world of suffering are not two things but related to each other. There is no nirvana except where the world of suffering is; there is no world of suffering apart from nirvana. For existence is not mutually exclusive.

-Lankavatara Sutra
From "Buddha Speaks," edited by Anne Bancroft, 2000. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, www.shambhala.com.

Got this offnaori's friends page. Apparrently, both ruebert and stormyserenity know her from Japanese class at TMCC. Small world and all that...

In the interest of diplomacy, I will not add anything else, though I am sorely tempted to.

*metaphorically bites metaphorical tongue

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