By Ruben L. F Habito

ISBN-10: 4906267394

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P. l48) Ruben Habito Originary Enlightenment 29 It is a question often asked: in the attainment of Buddhahood, the nine realms (of beings from · bodhisattva and below) decrease, and the realm of Buddha increases, etc,. The teaching of our schoo f is this: not so ! It is of the view that originally all the ten realms are eternal and abiding. Therefore, all the ten realms attain enlightenment. Know this. The teach­ ing of the provisional sutras is not to talk of the ten realms as abiding, and so they say that sentient beings are to undergo change an d attain the Buddha­ body, etc.

A,s one thinks that the S uchnes s which p erv ade s thr ougho ut the dharma-realm is my own b o dy , then I myself am the dharma-realm, and one is not to think th at there is anything other than this . As one is e nli ght en e d on this , the myriad Buddhas of the dharma-realm and all the bodhis attva s all dwell within my very b o dy. Apart from my own b o dy, look­ ing for B u ddha elsewhere is to lack the realization that my very own body is Suchness its elf. If I realiz e that Sucbnes s and .

Ordinary beings as such precisely as the three bodies. (bonpu koso san-shin musa no san-shin) = The following are passages which illustrate the fea­ tures in the treatment of the trikaya summarized above in the given order. ( 1 ) [On the difference of the superior teaching of the Lotus Sutra vis-a-vis the other sutras that preceded it: ] The teaching of the Lotus (Sutra) is that it does not talk about the distinction of essence and function in the three bodies, but only that one equals three, and three equals one.

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