As long as you are trying to understand reality or you yourself
in phenomenal terms it is not possible. When you understand
that there is something more than spiritual or material, more than
right or wrong, that is reality. That is actually each one of us. To
know this is to have renunciation, to be free from ideas of right or
wrong, life or death, spiritual or material.
– Shunryu Suzuki
Dualism is the real root of our suffering and of all our conflicts. All our concepts and beliefs, no matter how profound they may seem, are like nets which trap us in dualism. When we discover our limits we have to try to overcome them, untying ourselves from whatever type of religious, political or social conviction may condition us. We have to abandon such concepts as ‘enlightenment’, ‘the nature of the mind’, and so on, until we are no longer satisfied by a merely intellectual knowledge, and until we no longer neglect to integrate our knowledge with our actual existence.”