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Buddha Nature



“Buddha nature” is the English translation of several different terms within various Buddhist traditions. In contemporary Western discussions, it usually refers to the essential part of every sentient being that has the capacity to become enlightened, or develop unbiased infinite love. Some consider it to be the awakened nature that fills and is the foundation of the universe. In this perspective, we each are already a piece of this universal awakened nature, with the journey of enlightenment being a process of removing everything from our lives that inhibit our access to that nature. Discussions of Buddha nature play a large role in Buddhist discourse, and many find it a reassuring place to begin their spiritual exploration.

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Osho: A Buddha Will Be Misunderstood (1 of 2)

"Yes, it is absolutely inevitable. It can't be otherwise. A buddha is bound to be misunderstood. If a buddha is not misunderstood then he is not a buddha at all."

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Buddha's Nature

The Buddha said that "everything we need to know about life can be found inside this fathom-long body.

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Everything Is Buddhanature

Original sin vs. original goodness: Mahayana Buddhism offers a more hopeful view of human nature. Zen teacher Melissa Myozen Blacker reveals how nondual practice frees us from our temporary obscurations and reveals our true, awakened nature.

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Tenzin Palmo: Essential Buddha Nature

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo speaks on Buddha Nature, happiness, and kindness.

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Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature (3) (The Library of Wisdom and Compassion)

In this new book from the Dalai Lama, the reader will discover the mind’s infinitely vast potential, its buddha nature.

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You Are the Great Perfection

Rest in your true nature without effort or distraction — Mingyur Rinpoche teaches the renowned practice of Dzogchen.

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Buddha Nature: What Is It; How Is It Different From Soul?

In a short video teaching, Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche explains why understanding “Buddha Nature” — in Sanskrit, tathāgatagarbha — can really inspire your Buddhist practice. This short teaching was in response to a question from a student.

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The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation

With poetry and clarity, Thich Nhat Hanh imparts comforting wisdom about the nature of suffering and its role in creating compassion, love, and joy—all qualities of enlightenment.

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Rest in the Sky of Natural Mind

The tantric path of Buddhism is complex and arduous, but its surprising culmination is the practice of spaciousness, ease, and simplicity known as Dzogchen, the Great Perfection.

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Zen Buddhism

An introduction to Zen, a form of Buddhism that emphasizes seeking one's own Buddha nature through meditation.

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