Buddha Nature ?

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Re: Buddha Nature ?

Postby christopher::: » Mon May 03, 2010 1:36 pm

tiltbillings wrote:
christopher::: wrote:When Buddha Nature is conceptualized as a . . . .
It is still an unnecessary doctrine.


I think that depends on context, and on which version a person is holding on to... Buddha was known to say different things to different people depending on context, and on that person's situation, personality, no?

For Buddhist laypersons grieving the death of a loved one it may serve a useful purpose to think of one's dead mother or infant as having Buddha Nature, enlightenment potential. Such an idea may have helped millions to let go of their clinging or regret and work thru their grief.

That's just one example of the possible "helpfulness" and utility of the idea.

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Re: Buddha Nature ?

Postby Dan74 » Mon May 03, 2010 2:03 pm

I am not sure if you are speaking from your knowledge of Eastern culture, Chris, but it doesn't really make sense to me that it would alleviate grief. I'd grieve even more knowing that that potential was there but was never truly developed (as it is in most cases).

There is a Mahayana teaching that everyone is moving towards enlightenment at the pace they are capable of. This might help. But I may be misunderstanding.

To me, the teachings on Buddha Nature are an encouragement that it is possible to attain enlightenment (because I already have it, as it were), to seek nowhere else and to let go of what is false and unwholesome, rather than accrue more. It is also a pointer not to set up false dualities and learn to see the perfect aspect of everything including myself.

The concept of Buddha nature is often used interchangeably with Nibbana (Nirvana) which is hardly ever mentioned in Zen. Mind you Buddha nature is not mentioned all that often since not even a dog has it... :shrug:

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Re: Buddha Nature ?

Postby christopher::: » Mon May 03, 2010 2:14 pm

Dan74 wrote:I am not sure if you are speaking from your knowledge of Eastern culture, Chris, but it doesn't really make sense to me that it would alleviate grief. I'd grieve even more knowing that that potential was there but was never truly developed (as it is in most cases).

There is a Mahayana teaching that everyone is moving towards enlightenment at the pace they are capable of. This might help. But I may be misunderstanding.


Hi Dan. Many Mahayana Buddhists I've talked to here believe that loved ones will become Buddhas at some point, in the Pure Lands or future life.
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