It will bring Tibetan studies to a new high in terms of its focus. Inseparable Qualities of the Dharmakaya ii. The Concept of Uncompoundedness iii. Inseparability and the Spontaneous Existence of the Buddha Qualities 4. Faith and Buddhajnana ii. Faith and Direct Experience iii. Direct Experience as Valid Cognition 5. Nisprapanca as Awareness Experienced in Meditation ii. Nisprapanca as Freedom from Extremes iii. Nisprapanca as Non-conceptuality in the RGV [1.
Nisprapanca in the Tantras 5. Satya ii. Paramarthasatya iii. Samvrtisatya iv. Ultimate Reality is not Dependent Arising v.
The Two Realities Inseparable vii. The Two Senses of Manifestation and Emptiness viii.
The Importance of the Distinction ix. The Relationship Between the Two Realities x. The Shentong and Rangtong Approaches Compared ii. The Term "Tathagatagarbha" 6.
The 'Cut-off' Gotra and the Three Yanas ii. The Three Dharmacakras ii. The Third Dharmacakra as Nitartha iii.
Dolpopa's Analysis v. The Third Dharmacakra is Not Cittamatra 7. Rangtong Explanations of Neyartha and Nitartha ii. The Terms "Neyartha" and "Nitartha" iii. The Jonangpa Lineage ii. Some Opponents and Supporters of Shentong iii. Comparison With Later Shentongpas v. Because this is so, all beings may realize enlightenment. Tathagatagarbha often is described as a seed, embryo or potentiality within each individual to be developed. Tathagatagarbha was never a separate philosophical school, but more of a proposal and the doctrine is understood in various ways.
And it sometimes has been controversial.
Critics of this doctrine say that it amounts to a self or atman by another name, and the teaching of atman is something the Buddha specifically denied. The doctrine was taken from a number of Mahayana sutras. The Mahayana Tathagatagarbha sutras include the Tathagatagarbha and Srimaladevi Simhanada sutras, both thought to have been written in the 3rd century CE, and several others.
The Mahayana Mahaparinirvana Sutra, probably also written about the 3rd century, is considered the most influential. The proposal developed in these sutras appears primarily to have been a response to Madhyamika philosophy, which says that phenomena are empty of self-essence and have no independent existence. Phenomena appear distinctive to us only as they relate to other phenomena, in function and position. Thus, it cannot be said that phenomena either exist or don't exist. Tathagatagarbha proposed that Buddha Nature is a permanent essence in all things.
This was sometimes described as a seed and at other times pictured as a fully formed Buddha in each of us. Somewhat later some other scholars, possibly in China, connected Tathagatagarbha to the Yogacara teaching of Alaya vijnana , which is sometimes called "storehouse consciousness. The combination of Tathagatagarbha and Yogacara would become especially important in Tibetan Buddhism as well as in Zen and other Mahayana traditions.
The association of Buddha Nature with a level of vijnana is significant because vijnana is a kind of pure, direct awareness not marked by thoughts or concepts. This caused Zen and other traditions to emphasize the practice of direct contemplation or awareness of mind above intellectual understanding. In the religions of the Buddha's day that were the forerunners of today's Hinduism, one of the central beliefs as and is the doctrine of atman.
Atman means "breath" or "spirit," and it refers to a soul or individual essence of self.
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Another is the teaching of Brahman , which is understood as something like the absolute reality or the ground of being. In the several traditions of Hinduism, the precise relationship of atman to Brahman varies, but they could be understood as the small, individual self and the big, universal self.