On Buddha Nature

budamagnificoIn all Suchness there is no differentiation.

The Tathagata is pure. All beings share that essence.

—Sutralankara

 

This essence of the Tathagata,

when not free from the store of defilement,

is referred to as the Tathagatagarbha.

—Srimaladevi Sutra

 

Luminosity is uncreated, inseparable and all-pervasive.

Its limitless qualities are more numerous

than the grains of sand on the banks of the Ganges.

—Uttaratantra

 

Suchness and the Tathagata are of the same substance which is called Buddha Nature. The meaning of Tathagatagarbha, Sugatagarbha, and the essence of the Buddha is the same. It abides equally in the Buddha, in all phenomena, and in all sentient beings. In sentient beings, Buddha Nature is present, but covered. In the Buddhas, Buddha Nature is completely actualized.

—Jetsun Taranatha

 

All sentient beings desire unblemished purity, indisputable identity, uninterrupted bliss, and enduring existence. However, the experience of all beings in this phenomenal world is precisely the opposite: corruption, deception, suffering, and death. If our experience does not support such aspirations, there must be a cause for their arising, as there is no effect without a cause.  

Buddha Nature is that cause. It is real and present in all sentient beings, and manifests as the four marks of ultimate reality:

True Purity is the luminous clarity of emptiness,

free from subject and object, knower and known, grasper and graspable.

True Self is pristine non-dual nature, endowed with all the qualities of enlightenment.

True Bliss is non-temporal, independent, and non-local delight.

True Permanence is non-referential, spontaneous compassion.

—Tashi Norbu Rinpoche

 

Thusness defiled is the Tathagatagarbha.

Thusness undefiled is Enlightenment.

—Ratnagotravibhaga

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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2 Responses to On Buddha Nature

  1. Reblogged this on Lou's Doggy Den and commented:
    Thank you Tashi

  2. cheryla says:

    I know there is no conceptual definition of the ultimate state, of suchness, of radiant mind, but these quotes are truly helpful to one who wanders in wonder. While still dominated by conceptual mind, I appreciate these ancient teachings. I know where I am and now I know where I am going!

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