— Hui-hai (8th c)
Master Hui-hai was asked: "Are Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism three different doctrines or the same?"
He replied: "To those with great understanding they are the same. To those of average understanding they are different. They all come from the one Truth, but an analytical approach makes them seem three. However, whether someone achieves enlightenment or remains deluded depends on the seeker, not on differences in doctrine."