Here’s one of the biggest keys to understanding the Buddhist Sutras.  It took me years to piece together this key to the puzzle – it’s that important.

The True Self = The Buddha Nature = The Real Buddha (not the ordinary mind and flesh body of the person that lived 2500 years ago) = Nirvana = The Dharma kaya (Dharma body) = The True Mind = The Unconditioned = The Deathless

  • Anicca, dukkha and anatta + impurity only characterise conditioned phenomena.
  • The Unconditioned is not phenomena but noumena.  So the characteristics of the unconditioned is nicca, sukha, atta + purity (the opposite to anicca, dukkha, anatta + impurity).

So in Nirvana, we have permanence, utmost bliss, True Self and purity – these are what’s called the 4 Virtues of Nirvana.

Notice how the Buddha equates himself with these 4 qualities in the Shurangama Sutra when teaching Ananda how to open his enlightenment.

Sutra: Ananda, you now want to cause your seeing, hearing, sensation, and cognition to return to and tally with the permanence, bliss, true self, and purity of the Thus Come One.

Commentary from Master Hsuan Hua:  Ananda, you now want to cause your seeing, hearing, sensation, and cognition ” smelling and tasting are included here as well” to return to and tally with the permanence, bliss, true self, and purity of the Thus Come One. Seeing, hearing, sensation, and cognition originally arose from false conditions. Now you want to cause them to return to and tally with the treasury of the Thus Come One and the four virtues of nirvana: permanence, bliss, true self, and purity.

Source:  http://www.cttbusa.org/shurangama4/shurangama4_12.asp

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2 thoughts on “

  1. “See how the mind has two aspects:
    It can be worldly, it can transcend the world.
    From clinging to a self comes samsara;
    When there is self-awareness, there is suchness.”
    — Nagarjuna, “In Praise of Dharmadhatu”

  2. Reblogged this on Mud to Lotus and commented:
    The True Self = The Buddha Nature = The Real Buddha (not the ordinary mind and flesh body of the person that lived 2500 years ago) = Nirvana = The Dharma kaya (Dharma body) = The True Mind = The Unconditioned = The Deathless

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