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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

There Is No Other Buddha


Our very nature is Buddha, and apart from this nature there is no other Buddha.

-The Sutra of Hui Neng

James's comment: This is exactly what I think of when ever I bow to a Buddha statue, picture or fellow being. I see the Buddha nature in everyone and everything and that has opened up a lot of peace and liberation. There are a lot of people who think/see the Buddha as a "God" as many Buddhists bow to these statues. However, the Buddha representations reflect our Buddha nature so that when we bow to the Buddha statue then we are acknowledging, respecting and bowing to that true nature. This allows us to cut through all the guilt, fear, duality and self-hatred to be reminded of our rightful presence.

-Peace to all beings-

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3 comments:

Johnny Newt said...

Well said James, being raised in a Christian mindset, the respect paid to the graven image of Buddha was very difficult to except at first. Please except my bow to you Buddha.

theycallmemac said...

Does anyone else sometimes have trouble figuring out how buddhism and western psychology as well as neuroscience can make sense together? More specifically, if our brains consist of neurons that basically just respond to stimuli around us, is it our brains controlling us or us controlling our brains? Although, I guess science still only explains so much about things and much is left to explore.

Peace to all,
Mac

"James" said...

Johnny Newt: I accept your bow with a bow of my own to you Buddha. :)

TheycallmeMac: I'm not sure my friend. I don't know much about science unfortunately.

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