Astus wrote:The idea of inherent enlightenment (hongaku) was irrelevant for Honen and Shinran, just as the concept of buddha-nature. For the simple reason that ordinary beings have no knowledge of it. Believing that one is already enlightened can easily lead to the misconception that one is not an ordinary being. Believing that there is a buddha-nature can easily lead to the misconception of an eternal soul. The teaching of inherent enlightenment is avoided, since the very first thing to understand an accept on the Pure Land path is that we are deluded ordinary beings incapable of saving ourselves. The teaching of buddha-nature is avoided for the same reason, it has no relevance and easily leads to false views. As for the buddhas and Amitabha Buddha in particular, of course they are perfect, enlightened, wise, and complete with all the great qualities.
1.6 - in a quote, used for describing the Buddha, in 1.7 Shinran sums up how all the above quotes confirm the Larger Sutra as the ultimate teaching
2.87 - in a quote, identified as the One Vehicle, previously in 2.84 Shinran says that the ultimate One Vehicle is the "One Buddha Vehicle of the Vow"
3.26 - in a quote, used to explain "true" for "true and sincere mind" (shijoshin) of the three minds. It was already explained in 2.13 that shijosin means "We should not show outwardly how wise, virtuous and diligent we are, because, inwardly, we entertain deceitfulness. Being possessed of all kinds of greed, anger, falsity, and crookedness, we can hardly remove our evil nature; we are indeed like snakes or scorpions." The quoted passage containing "buddha-nature" is meant to strengthen Shinran's statement that "the true and sincere mind endowed by the Buddha for our benefit through the inconceivable, indescribable and ineffable ocean-like Vow of great wisdom of the One Vehicle."
3.31 - in a quote, again used to establish that the Joyful Faith is based on Amitabha's compassion and not one's own effort, as introduced in 3.28.
3.105 - in a quote, used to praise nenbutsu practitioners
3.116 - in a quote, to show that the Buddha saves evil beings out of compassion
5.9 - in a quote, stating that the Buddha is not different from the buddha-nature
5.11 - in a quote, used as previously
5.15 - in a quote, used as previously
5.16 - in a quote, used as previously
5.17 - in a quote, icchantikas have buddha-nature, i.e. everybody can attain liberation
5.20 - in a quote, buddha-nature is hard to see
5.21 - in a quote, used as previously
5.37 - Shinran comments, liberation exists in the Pure Land
I wouldn't say he was "big on the attainment Buddha Nature" as he only uses it in one paragraph when not found in various quotes.
[/quote][/quote]The quotes are used in various contexts a are not related to one's practice or anything that one should understand now. Buddha-used as a synonym for various things (buddha qualities, compassion, liberation, potenti enlightenment, buddhahood) and not defined as anything central to the doctrine of Jod Shinshu.
Astus wrote:As I also wrote, the expression buddha-nature occurs with various meanings, but mostly as a synonym for buddhahood. To say that the goal of being born in the Pure Land is to attain buddhahood is not an unusual statement at all. So, why do you say it is an important thing that the word buddha-nature occurs among all the other words used?
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