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The Buddha Nature

Although the Theravadins/ Hinayanists have no the category of the "Buddha's Nature", all true Mahayanists (with exception of some Yogacarins) insists that all the sentient beings possess the Buddha-nature  It is Tathagatagarbha, the Embryo of the Buddhahood in all beings.

Buddha exclaims in Avatamsaka-sutra:

How wonderful, how surprising! All the beings are already endowed with the wisdom of the Buddha! They have already all Buddha-qualities! How mysterious is it!

The Tiantai-zong/T'iant'ai-tsung of the Chinese Buddhism teaches that even "non-continuums" (inanimate things) are also of the Buddha-nature.

And the task of the bodhisattva who says: "My great vow is to save/liberate all the beings" (i.e. to assist them in awakening of this inner and hidden Buddha-nature which is the Clear Light) is just the same as the task of the Kabbalist in the raising up Holy Sparks.


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