Sara H wrote:Emotions actually do exist.
No they do not. They arise on the basis of causes and conditions and when the causes and conditions are not present they fade away. If they actually did exist, if they existed in an essential manner from their own side then we would be permanently angry, happy, sad, etc... The fact that they come and go is proof of their not having an actual existence.
They are a part of our human nature.
Show me your human nature. Show me the essence of your humanity. Can't can you? That's because there is no such thing. There are a number of characteristics (arising again based on causes and conditions) common amongst this category, that we describe as human, but (again) there is nothing essential there. The fact that in the past you were not human, and in the future may not be human again means that you do not possess a human nature.
You're looking at it as something that is apart from the Buddha Nature which is wrong.
So the five poisons are part of the Tathagatagarbha?
They are not simply a figment of our imaginations made real.
Of course they are. If they are not simply a figment of our imagination, then show me their essence. Again you cannot...
With the eye of wisdom we discover a lot of anger in us, any amount of jealousy, resentment, ignorance, desire - mountains of emotion whose existence we would never have suspected in ourselves... We recognize that most of the faults we perceive in others are only the mirror of our own negativity, the reflection of our own disturbed feelings... At the same time, we relieve the world around us of the burden of our own negative judgements."
Gendun Rinpoche Heart Advice from a Mahamudra Master