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Does A Dog Have Buddha Nature?

Does a dog have Buddha Nature?

From a Buddhist point of view, dogs, cats, companion animals — in fact all animals and sentient life — are equally precious. According to Buddha Dharma, all sentient beings also have Buddha Nature — the potential to eventually become enlightened. Moreover, the doctrine of rebirth held that any human could

Mind And Brain

Mind and Brain

Dualistic nature Some people think that the mind and the brain are the same things. Other people think that the mind is s function of the body. The brain is a part of the body that is a physical thing that can be seen with the eyes and that can

Dharmakirti’s view

Dualism and Non-dualism in Buddhism

Mind-Body duality is a complicated topic in Buddhism. The Buddhist position could perhaps be best described as a middle way approach of ‘neither-duality-nor-identity’. This is a very basic explanation of Dualism. Dualism is a perception that something — or everything, including reality itself can be sorted into two fundamental and

The Truth of Dualism in Madhyamaka Buddhism

The Truth of Dualism in Madhyamaka Buddhism

Nagarjuna’s point of view Nagarjuna is an Indian Buddhist philosopher, the founder of the Madhyamaka school. What is Madhyamaka? According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy“The Madhyamaka school of Buddhism, the followers of which are called Mādhyamikas, was one of the two principal schools of Mahāyāna Buddhism in India, the

Buddhism meditation on unhealthy attachment

Buddhism meditation on unhealthy attachment

Attachment can manifest in trauma, self-destructive habits, or negative lifestyle practices. Buddhist non-attachment encourages peace of mind and self-preservation. Factoring the idea of non-attachment in alcohol or drugs with the awareness that meditation can bring peace is a powerful step in attaining positive change. Buddhist doctrines deal in detail with

Nagarjuna

Nagarjuna

Nagarjuna (A.D. c. 150 – c. 250 CE) is regarded by many as the second greatest teacher in Buddhism. Some people even feel that Nagarjuna is the second Buddha who The Buddha prophesied would come sometime after to clarify things. Nagarjuna did much to clarify the nature of emptiness and

Emptiness

Emptiness

Emptiness is the central insight of Buddhism, and what makes it unique among religions. According to Buddhism, neither we, nor other beings, nor any phenomenon in the universe, has a permanent, separate, and independent core, soul, or identity. Another way to look at it is interdependence: all relative phenomena are

Emptiness and “I”

Emptiness and “I”

Do I exist? Spiritual practice inevitably brings us face to face with the profound mystery of our own identity. We have taken birth in a human body. What is this force that gives us life, that brings us and the world into form? The world’s great spiritual teachings tell us

Madhyamaka and Non-duality

Madhyamaka and Non-duality

Madhyamaka is “the school of the Middle Way.” Main texts: The Wisdom Sutras – forty texts collected under the title Prajnaparamita (Perfection of Wisdom) Sutra. Founder of Madhyamaka school is Nagarjuna. Nagarjuna’s principal contribution to Buddhism was his systematization of the sutras’ teachings and focus on Emptiness (“Sunyata”). Emptiness is

Nature of reality

Nature of reality

By Nagarjuna Buddhists all agree that there is nothing in reality that is the basis of our sense of “I” and “mine.” They agree that it is our mistaken belief in the existence of something behind this sense of “I” and “mine” that brings about suffering. So they should all

The Roots of Suffering: Understanding the True Causes According to Buddhism

We all are experiencing suffering, and we all naturally desire happiness. To be free from suffering, we need to clearly understand the causes and conditions that give rise to suffering and ways to eliminate them. Until we understand that, no matter our wealth, intellect, the success we may have achieved,

The Bardo State

The Bardo State

The state in between Death and Life The bardo—or the “in-between”—has come to describe the transitional state between death and rebirth, but its qualities also characterize the gap arising between any two states. In fact, we live in a continuous bardo, forever suspended between past and future, although we seldom

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