You know, I think we are actually getting somewhere here. To address the first quote: No, there is nothing universally applicable in the essential teachings of Buddhism. That being said, it does describe an underlying moral code which is debatably useful for society. But basically, what Buddhism and Zen describe is a practice of personal transformation. Part of this practice is to go beyond the kind of knowledge that can be gained using words, at least in a deliberate, reasoned, literal fashion. They can be used like poetry to elude to something just out of their reach. This something can only be experienced, it's called insight or satori. Once this happens, all your future actions spring from this source, but to answer the second question: it cannot be called a philosophy. That is, it is not a body of reasoned verbal knowledge that can be remembered by anyone then called upon as the situtation requires. This kind of knowledge has a limited application. In the infinite universe, we cannot predict every situation, and so we must be able to generate the appropriate response spontaneously. Eastern wisdom is not the body of so-called wisdom about the practice as contained in books. It's a method of liberation from conditioned responses. It's not adding something to your mind, it's taking away.