Yes one certainly could say that. In fact, that same metaphor was used very well in a very beautiful video titled [SIZE=-1] Fire on the Mountain: A Gathering of Shamans. [/SIZE][SIZE=-1]http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4749156257249602834 [/SIZE] A very important gathering hosted by the Dalai Lama. I highly recommend it. I like to think of the various traditions as instruments in a symphony, playing together. The various instruments sound different, but they play the same melody.