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Volume 9 Issue No. 4

The Blossom of Wisdom
by Venerable Master Shen-Kai

Pure Awareness is Buddha Nature


A lay Buddhist read in a Buddhist book that 'Everyone possesses Buddha nature'. When he met Venerable Master Shen-Kai, he voiced his uncertainty and asked,

"Is the innate nature of everyone Buddha nature?"

Venerable Master replied, "We can say so. Pure awareness is Buddha nature. With Buddha nature, there is loving-kindness and compassion. When loving-kindness and compassion are expressed, there is no animosity. Without animosity, the response that you get is virtue and happiness."


Venerable Master Shen-Kai would answer questions in such a way that while in agreement with the Dharma, he also answered the questioner according to his conditions and level of understanding. Never would he beat around the bush with terminology, nor complicate his explanations such that people failed to understand. Thus listeners were delighted and able to make good use of the teachings. After listening to Master's teaching, this lay Buddhist understood, "We should all allow our innate compassionate and virtuous Buddha nature to manifest itself in us!"


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