original enlightenment

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Chinese Noun

original enlightenment

original enlightenment
本覺

Basic Meaning

According to East Asian Buddhism, the intrinsic enlightenment of all sentient beings. This is obscured by the many stains present in the ālayavijñāna. When these are purified, the natural state of enlightenment is recovered, a status known as "actualized enlightenment."

Has the Sense of

The natural state of enlightenment that is obscured through the adventitious stains.

Read It in the Scriptures

The essence of Mind is free from thoughts. The characteristic of that which is free from thoughts is analogous to that of the sphere of empty space that pervades everywhere. The one [without any second, i.e., the absolute] aspect of the world of reality (dharmadhātu) is none other than the undifferentiated dharmakāya, the “essence body” of the Tathāgata. [Since the essence of Mind is] grounded on the dharmakāya, it is to be called the original enlightenment. Why? Because “original enlightenment” indicates [the essence of Mind (a priori)] in contradistinction to [the essence of Mind in] the process of actualization of enlightenment; the process of actualization of enlightenment is none other than [the process of integrating] the identity with the original enlightenment.  
~ The Awakening of Faith in the Mahāyāna
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Key Term original enlightenment
Topic Variation original enlightenment
Chinese 本覺
Chinese Pinyin benjue
Japanese Transliteration honggaku
Buddha-nature Site Standard English original enlightenment
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Source Language Chinese
Basic Meaning According to East Asian Buddhism, the intrinsic enlightenment of all sentient beings. This is obscured by the many stains present in the ālayavijñāna. When these are purified, the natural state of enlightenment is recovered, a status known as "actualized enlightenment."
Has the Sense of The natural state of enlightenment that is obscured through the adventitious stains.
Related Topic Pages The Awakening of Faith in the Mahāyāna
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Original Enlightenment