My new post, Forgiveness and Buddha Nature: Re-approaching the Practice of Purification, is up at the Interdependence Project’s website. Here is a glimpse:

Among the people who consciously moved toward Buddhism as an alternative to theistic traditions, it seems that, for many, one of the most attractive features that Buddhism had to offer was its lack of emphasis on heaviness and guilt in its presentations of the basic makeup of a human being and what happens when humans become confused. From the Buddhist perspective, the most essential dimension of our minds is buddha nature, which is completely free of any fault or defect. It is understandable that many people would be attracted to a spiritual tradition that teaches that human beings are fundamentally whole.

So how does a tradition like this work with confusion, disturbing emotions, and harmful actions? It basically says that these are a legitimate part of our experience too, and they certainly need our attention and care just as much as our buddha nature does. Vajrayana Buddhism says that the difference between our buddha nature and our confusion is that our buddha nature is fundamental to the nature of our mind, while our confusion, and anything that arises from our confusion, is incidental, i.e. nonindigenous to our mind’s basic fabric. Understanding this basic relationship between confusion and buddha nature is crucial to approaching the practice known as purification.

I hope you find it useful! For the full post, please click here.

 

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