The Buddha Nature: A Study of the Tathagatagarbha and Alayavijnana

by Brian Edward Brown


  • ISBN: 9788120806313, 812080631X
  • Year of Publication: 2010
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Edition: fourth
  • No. of Pages: 316
  • Language: English
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    One of the fundamental tenets of Mahayana Buddhism animating and grounding

    the doctrine and discipline of its spiritual path, is the inherent

    potentiality of all animate beings to attain the supreme and perfect

    enlightenment of Buddhahood. This book examines the ontological

    presuppositions and the corresponding soteriological-epistemological

    principles that sustain and define such a theory. Within the field of

    Buddhist studies, such a work provides a comprehensive context in which to

    interpret the influence and major insights of the various Buddhist schools.

    Thus, the dynamics of the Buddha Nature, though non-thematic and implicit,

    is at the heart of Zen praxis, while it is a significant articulation in

    Kegon, Tendai, and Shingon thought. More specifically, the book seeks to

    establish a coherent metaphysics of absolute suchness (Tathata),

    synthesizing the variant traditions of the Tathagata-embryo

    (Tathagatagarbha) and the Storehouse Consciousness (Alayavijnana).

    The books' contribution to the broader field of the History of Religions

    rests in its presentation and analysis of the Buddhist Enlightenment as the

    salvific-transformational moment in which Tathata 'awakens' to itself,

    comes to perfect slef-realization as the Absolute suchness of reality, in

    and through phenomenal human consciousness. The book is an interpretation

    of the Buddhist Path as the spontaneous self-emergence of 'embryonic'

    absolute knowledge as it comes to free itself from the concealments of

    adventitious defilements, and possess itself in fully self-explicitated

    self-consciousness as the 'Highest Truth' and unconditional nature of all

    existence; it does so only in the form of omniscient wisdom.

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