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Did the Buddha cause the Buddha nature?

If you see what I mean I just had a question when thinking of what is meant by Buddha nature and 'causality'. So I think the harms in the world to lead to a Buddha to turn the wheel of dharma. So it might me a thought that occurred when I was thinking of what Buddha nature was and different types of realizers.


  • taiyakitaiyaki Veteran

    The Buddha is nothing but a responsiveness to sentient beings.

    Buddha nature means that the nature of all things is Buddha. If a being recognizes Buddha Nature then they for that moment have Buddha responsiveness activity.

    The cause of Buddha nature is causeless (spontaneous). But not seeing or recognizing Buddha Nature leads to Dualism. In Dualism one see's appearances as apart from oneself. Then there is a link between one moment and a next. Thus a casual chain.

    Buddha's stand outside of causality.

    Thus a Buddha is always responding perfectly to what is required.

  • KannonKannon NAMU AMIDA BUTSU Ach-To Veteran

    Excerpt from a book I bought for $3 and is quickly becoming my go to Dharma source.

    From the pure land tradition:

  • KeromeKerome Did I fall in the forest? Europe Veteran

    As I understand these things @Jeffrey buddha nature is just intrinsic to living beings. Buddha didn't cause it, it had to already have been there for him to become Buddha. He did however recognise it.

  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Buddha means awake.
    The word Buddha means The Awakened One, coming from the Sanskrit root budh – 'to wake'.

    Maybe you are already awake?

    Awake practice

    For all of us, the path of befriending our experience requires great gentleness and patience. As I recognized on my trip to the mountains in college, the deep and persistent tendency to think that something is wrong with us is a prison that prevents us from living and loving fully. Yet as we learn to meet whatever arises in our body, heart and mind with Radical Acceptance we discover a precious freedom. Rather than being identified as a defended and insufficient self, we come to trust what Buddhists call our Buddha nature—the awareness and love that are our true essence.

  • IronRabbitIronRabbit Veteran
    edited August 24

    Buddha nature preceded Gautama Shakyamuni - he just stumbled upon it in the woods.......

  • DavidDavid some guy The Hammer in Ontario, Canada, eh Veteran

    I don't think there is Buddhanature because there is Buddha but I do think that because there is Buddhanature, Buddha can awaken.

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