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Bodhichitta, the mind of enlightenment

Bodhichitta, the mind of enlightenment, is no other than the mind that makes beings desire to attain enlightenment. The mind desirous of enlightenment is no other than the mind that works for the universal deliverance of all beings.  The mind … Continue reading

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Nirvana

Nirvana is the extinction of passions, the uncreated, peaceful happiness, eternal bliss, true reality, dharma-body, dharma-nature, suchness, oneness, and Buddha-nature.   Buddha-nature is none other than the Tathagata, the One Thus Come. This Tathagata pervades the countless worlds; He fills the … Continue reading

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Singleness of mind

Buddha-nature is great singleness of mind. Why? Because through singleness of mind the Bodhisattva-Mahasattva acquires all the perfections, from generosity to wisdom. All sentient beings will without fail ultimately realize great singleness of mind. Therefore it is taught, “All sentient … Continue reading

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Great love and great compassion

Great love and great compassion are called Buddha-nature. Why? Because great love and great compassion always accompany the Bodhisattva, just as shadows accompany things. All sentient beings will without fail ultimately realize great love and great compassion. Therefore it is … Continue reading

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The single and definitive aspiration

Know that the essence of the teaching is that when we realize true and real shinjin (Skt. citta-prasāda, clear heart-mind, the single and definitive aspiration), we are born in the Pure Land. —Shinran Shonin, Notes on ‘Essentials of Faith Alone’

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Grace vs. Works

The question whether salvation (liberation, enlightenment) results from grace or effort arises in many faith traditions. The dispute is perhaps best known to us in its Christian manifestation as the debate of ‘grace vs. works’, but it is also present … Continue reading

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