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What is knowledge?

In Buddhism there is a difference between knowledge and wisdom. That which we have from when we were born, that is wisdom. The eyes can see without anyone having to teach us how to see. The ears can hear without anyone having taught us. Yet what is it that we have seen, that is what we need to be taught or else we do not know. Whatever we receive from the outside is called knowledge. The wisdom is our original working of mind: Seeing hearing smelling tasting feeling thinking - these are our tools. Yet sometimes a person is lacking one of these abilities. The wisdom is our original mind, so even if someone cannot see, his original mind still works. The mind has no form, thus has no name. This mind is the same in everyone. It can even be said that we were born to again realize this original mind.

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