Active Self . A Philosophical Study of the Buddha Nature by Sallie B. King

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A Philosophical research of the Buddha Nature Treatise and different chinese language Buddhist Texts

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Whether all beings or only some possess the Buddha nature and are thereby assured of the attainment of Buddhahood. The BNT "received serious consideration in China and Japan as a representative text arguing for the existence in all beings of Buddha nature and against the consciousness-only view recognizing no Buddha nature , 工 material did get mixed with the text during the process of transmission. (Takemura; p. ) Takemura makes a bold attempt to determine whether Vasubandhu, Paramartha, one else may have added these commentary-like passages.

The latter differentiate such com­ pound particular things as a jug and a bit of cloth by the differences of their parts. No reference to the own-nature of a jug or cloth is necessary in the Vaisesika scheme to differentiate them. The only possible justification I can imagine for this notion is if the BNT1s author is thinking of the Vaisesika category of universalM (samanya) • Thus, by the 11own-nature of a jug" he might mean to refer to the universal, 11jug-ness,11 which is distinguishable from the 45 example, the form (ruga, 巴 ) of the jug-一do they share one own-nature, or are the own-natures of the jug and its form different?

The main thrust of this section'*' is to refute both the My discussion focuses here on what 工 perceive as the overall emphasis of this section. It should be noted, ho w ­ ever, that the author (rather, the author of the comment passage [料 ß ] in which this is found) specifically men­ tions two HTnayana schools as targets of his criticism* He hasjthe Vibhajyavadins, or "those who make distinctions" (分 別 部 )/ represent the vievr that there is a Buddha nature. They are portrayed as holding that "all sentient beings, whether ordinary persons or saints, have emptiness as their source.

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