Excerpt from “Buddha Mind, Buddha Body” by Thich Nhat Hanh
Buddhist teaching guides us to look at things as neither the same nor different. This way of seeing things is something that can be experienced.
When our father was born he was very small. As he grew up, he became bigger and changed in many ways. He hasn’t been the same person throughout his life, but he’s not two persons either.
So looking into the reality; we see the truth of “neither the same nor different.”
You are his daughter and you ask the question “Am I one with my father, or am I a totally different person?” The teaching is clear, you are neither the same nor a different person from you father; you are a continuation.
So dualist thinking is misleading and can encourage a belief that good and evil are enemies and that good needs always to be fighting evil. This kind of theology causes a lot of suffering and destruction.