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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ONE’S BUDDHA-NATURE AND INHERENT NATURE

Master Jun Hong Lu’s Discourse 

(Question 266)

20 November 2018

 

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ONE’S BUDDHA-NATURE AND INHERENT NATURE

 

Question: Do the phrases of ‘Buddha-nature’ and ‘inherent nature’ refer to the same thing? 

 

Answer: There is a difference between the two.  Our inherent nature refers to the innate kind and compassionate conscience that we possess. 

 

On the other hand, the level of a Buddha-nature has already superseded that of an inherent nature.  It is a state of mind achieved through spiritual cultivation that transcends the limits of man as one who possesses Buddha- nature has Buddha’s Prajna wisdom within their minds. 

 

In the past, we also made reference to our base origins, which alludes to something that one possessed from the beginning, our Buddha- nature.  However, it is not something that everyone will seize.  It is just like how everyone has the ability to work, but not everyone is willing or able to do so.

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