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Offline Dharma Flower

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Buddhas, Just as We Are...
« on: March 29, 2018, 11:05:38 pm »
The Japanese term konomama, which means “just as I am,” is a central concept in Zen and Jodo Shinshu Buddhism.

Whereas Jodo Shinshu teaches that we are accepted by Amida Buddha, just as we are, Zen teaches that we are already buddhas, just as we are, in our true nature.

Zen sees the purpose of Buddhist practice, including reciting the name of Amida Buddha, Namu-Amida-Butsu, as awakening to the Buddha which we essentially are.

It’s like we are water in our original nature, and the three poisons of greed/lust, anger/hate and delusion/ignorance have hardened us into ice. Buddhist teaching and practice is the heat which melts us back to that original state.
These words are from Hakuin’s poem, The Song of Zazen:

All beings by nature are Buddha,
As ice by nature is water.
Apart from water there is no ice;
Apart from beings, no Buddha…
The Pure Land itself is near.
Those who hear this truth even once
And listen with a grateful heart,
Treasuring it, revering it,
Gain blessings without end…
Nirvana is right here, before our eyes,
This very place is the Lotus Land,
This very body, the Buddha.

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Re: Buddhas, Just as We Are...
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2018, 01:59:43 am »
Indeed. In the enlightened position of all beings, is   water and in the ignorance position of all beings, its buddha nature is ice. Water & ice are inseparable one, which means without beings, there is no buddha, without Buddha, there is no beings. Thus whatever our six senses in contacted with are non other than buddha self. All existences are liken to ice having different designs of forms, knowledges and intellectual abilities, likings etc.,The presence of Buddhism teaching does not alter the daily life of living beings such as to become venerable, or applying buddhism scripture to judge others, police others, teacher or doctor, but to broaden its knowledges into water, free from attachment and discriminating knowledges and abilities of others. However as and when condition ripen, buddhists should share their understanding of buddhism for happiness of all beings and world peace to eternally prevail.
When we realised enlightenment, the mind is completely free, there is no stigma of buddhism teaching. In such a state of open mindset, when you are with other faiths, for instance your loved one is a Christian, you would be like God’s love and peace


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