If I told you that your true nature was not as a sinner…?

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but that your true nature was Buddhahood; would you feel inclined to take interest in that idea?

We are not condemned to hell but, instead, are filled with wisdom, bliss and eternity. Buddha nature is the great Tao that pervades the universe and we are one with it.

Read the Lotus Sutra to really begin to know the true self….

Chant NAM MYOHO RENGE KYO and be happy and enlightened….

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This is one of the perhaps half-dozen reasons why I was initially drawn to the religious traditions of what can generally be called “the East.”

I don’t think that either the Buddha-nature OR the nature of the sinner is inherent in me. To say so would ring of a Platonic essentialism that doesn’t seem right for some reason.

I am a God. And I am a sinner.

Wrestling with this paradox is part of what it means to be human.

-John

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