True Offspring of the Buddhas

Wat-Chetawan-Slide-00005All beings, with resolve,

should receive the Buddha’s Precepts.

Sentient beings, on receiving them,

join forthwith the ranks of Buddhas

—they are in essence equal to the Buddhas;

they are the true offspring of the Buddhas.

—Bramhajala Sutra

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 True Offspring of the Buddhas

  1. paul kandio l. says:

    Dear Rev. Tashi Nyima, Firstly thanks for this post. Allow me to put some questions about your
    article “Buddha Nature”; because in principle it is the same as stated in ‘sutta pitaka Udana 8:3 ?
    secondly I read that Buddha-Nature is also the True-Self abiding in sentient beings; Is this
    not contradictory to the ‘non-self’ doctrine? Thanks very much in advance, Yours Paul Kandio

    • Tashi Nyima says:

      Sanskrit terms have many meanings. For example, dharma can mean the teaching of the Buddha, but also phenomena in general. Atman is also like this. It can mean self, ego, mind, even body. The Buddha taught that what we conceive as an individual, substantial, independent, and permanent self, is unreal. He also taught that, upon enlightenment, what remains after all obscurations are removed is “True Purity, True Self, True Bliss, and True Permanence.” Unfortunately, many persons misinterpret the Dharma as a nihilistic doctrine.

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