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ronin // Sep 19, 2008 at 2:13 pm
I would define Buddha nature as the awareness which all sentient beings have access to. It is the background, if you will, of all things that arise out of the unmanifest world. If one were to think of it as a painting, it would be the canvas. You can’t NOT have Buddha nature. It is simply consciousness, awareness. It is not a thought, not a thing, but rather the witness to all these things. It is what gave rise to the manifest world. You can think of it as the vast intrinsic open space, or freedom, which all things rise out of. It is without even my awareness of it. It is pure consciousness, the true Self.

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adam.p88 // Sep 19, 2008 at 2:49 pm
Buddha nature is that which is aware of these words,
That which watches as impermanent forms arise, endure and subside,
That which is perfectly clear, on which not a speck of dust can alight,
That which is is radiantly awake, which perceives even when there is nothing to perceive,
Buddha nature is effortlessly aware, boundlessly accomodating to every form that appears within it,
It is without preferences, without attachment,
It has no aversion, no ignorance, for all is known only in, by and through it.
It is in all things and all things are in it.
Knowing it is knowing the essence of all things,
Being it is being the Buddha here and now.
It is your very own Original Face, the void that is awake of the scene of this present moment.
From it all things appear,
To it, all things return.
It is your own nature.

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13 comments to What is Buddha Nature?

  • ronin

    I would define Buddha nature as the awareness which all sentient beings have access to. It is the background, if you will, of all things that arise out of the unmanifest world. If one were to think of it as a painting, it would be the canvas. You can’t NOT have Buddha nature. It is simply consciousness, awareness. It is not a thought, not a thing, but rather the witness to all these things. It is what gave rise to the manifest world. You can think of it as the vast intrinsic open space, or freedom, which all things rise out of. It is without even my awareness of it. It is pure consciousness, the true Self.

  • Buddha Nature is the ability within all beings to understand existences as it truly is, without imposing the constraints of our attachment. In short: Buddha Nature is understanding and accepting emptiness.

  • adam.p88

    Buddha nature is that which is aware of these words,
    That which watches as impermanent forms arise, endure and subside,
    That which is perfectly clear, on which not a speck of dust can alight,
    That which is is radiantly awake, which perceives even when there is nothing to perceive,
    Buddha nature is effortlessly aware, boundlessly accomodating to every form that appears within it,
    It is without preferences, without attachment,
    It has no aversion, no ignorance, for all is known only in, by and through it.
    It is in all things and all things are in it.
    Knowing it is knowing the essence of all things,
    Being it is being the Buddha here and now.
    It is your very own Original Face, the void that is awake of the scene of this present moment.
    From it all things appear,
    To it, all things return.
    It is your own nature.

  • trikirksey

    ok. so i haven’t read what anyone else said. this is straight off the top of my head.

    buddha nature. the closest i have ever come, is for five or six seconds, when i’m staring at the wall at the zendo, when all of my thoughts stop. the pond without any ripples or waves. usually some kid decides to do a cannonball off of the bridge sooner or later, which reminds me i’m still human. so i guess its just being calm and peaceful. no cannonballs.

  • kathir

    buddha nature is like a translucent light that is congnizant and kind it is very powerful with the ability to pacify the mind of harmful emotions in a matter of minutes the love it creates in the body can be overwhelming it expresses itself using the 4 brahma viharas, when you stop looking for it you will find it, we are all buddha nature.

  • mikepapas

    your face

  • Umm, it is an all pervasive compassion, an innate kindness and generosity towards all that exists. It is a sense of peace, of rightness, that extends beyond words through the heart and mind which includes everything. The gateway to all creative expression..It is the thing that sets us completely free.

  • evolution

    Buddha Nature is.

  • Tao23

    Buddha nature is what you think it is before you begin to try to define it.

  • a dog reading over his master’s shoulder, and barking when he’s done reading the page, even though his master is not done reading that page yet

  • nancymayo

    the Buddha Nature in essence is being able to see through the third eye. In my experience, the Buddha Nature is that from within that is able to recognize that little piece of god in me with that little piece of god in everything. Through the six senses of course. Eyes, ears, mouth, mind, body and nose. With the human eye you see partially. Nothing is correct until you see everything third eye. “If the intent is there and the heart is open, the manifestation will come.”

  • susanerl

    Luminous mind

  • The period at the end of this sentence.
    Also, not the period at the end of this sentence.