Will wrote:This will (hopefully) lead to the dying of sectarianism and the accepting of the plausibility that many Dharma heresies of the "lower" "mistaken" schools may have been genuine Dharma teachings direct from Buddha.
Historically, the winning sectarian arguments were not really based on texts. Chan took over in East Asia with the rhetoric of an outside scriptures lineage, Vajrayana is also organised around personal contacts. Social control of religious organisations requires social networking, those who care about books remain hidden in the libraries. Neither political rulers nor common people (lay or monastic) care much about philological and theoretical issues. Miracle making and big words, these work.
"If the Buddha-Nature is seen, there will be no seeing of a nature in any thing."
(Nirvana Sutra, T12n374p521b3; tr Yamamoto)
"Neither cultivation nor seated meditation — this is the pure Chan of Tathagata."
(Mazu Daoyi, X1321p3b23; tr. Jinhua Jia)
“Don’t rashly seek the true Buddha;
True Buddha can’t be found.
Does marvelous nature and spirit
Need tempering or refinement?
Mind is this mind carefree;
This face, the face at birth."
(Nanyue Mingzan: Enjoying the Way, tr. Jeff Shore; T2076p461b24-26)