Buddha Nature by Sallie B. King

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The true nature indicates both the way things are (Thus) and the undeluded beholding of the way things are. 13 The union of the two in experience is prior to the separation of the two in analysis. The three natures represent both a person’s nature and reality's nature, as an inseparable, primitive unity, in the sense that they are bound together in what is phenomenologically given. Our world is the way it is because of the way we are ;we are the way we are because of the way our world is. The two arise together and are mutually creative.

The relative nature is the principle (Dao-li) that manifests as the twelvefold chain of conditioned origination (p ra tlty a -s a m u tp a d a ) . Because it serves as a basis (y i-z h i) for the discriminating nature, it is established as the relative (y i-ta ) nature. The true nature is the Thusness (jshen-m ) of all things. It is the nondiscrim inating wisdom realm of the wise. , liberation], and cultivating all virtues, the true nature is established. (79 4 b) The three natures theory is important for the understanding of the subject-object relationship it provides.

Why practice the Buddha Way if one already is Buddha? Thus, the ideas of both there being and not being a Buddha nature must be rejected, as either equally would freeze reality into a static state of being. Being and nonbeing are seen as static categories in Buddhist thought. As such they are unacceptable terms tor explaining reality because they do not allow for the self-transformation that constitutes the Buddha Way. ” “What is cannot be destroyed, what is not cannot be produced” (788c). This, of course, applies to Buddha nature as well.

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