Saturday, July 22, 2017
Chan Buddhism teaches all beings have/are Buddha-Nature. Chan does not advocate Practice as a means to enlightenment, but rather as the meaning of demonstrating it. It is only in denial or ignorance of our own true nature that Enlightenment can be regarded as something to seek, a destination at which we might someday arrive.
Chan does not see dispelling ignorance of our own Buddha-Nature as involving cultivating or acquiring anything. We need only end the relational inertia that prevents us from conducting ourselves as enlightened beings. This does not require special conditions or implements, extensive study or training. It can be accomplished here and now in the midst of our day-to-day lives.