On the Meaning of Chapter 1 Verse 28 of the Ratnagotravibhāga by Ringu Tulku

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On the Meaning of Chapter 1 Verse 28 of the Ratnagotravibhāga by Ringu Tulku
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Ringu Tulku explains the three reasons that are posited for why sentient beings have buddha-nature in chapter 1, verse 28 of the Ratnagotravibhāga. He explains that the first verse is referring to the notion that all beings have the same consciousness, a consciousness that is, at its core, luminous and clear. The second verse is referring to the idea that all phenomena are the same; it is appearance and emptiness. There is no differentiation between phenomena; hence the notion that, in reality, saṃsāra and nirvāṇa are the same. It is only that a person experiencing nirvana is experiencing reality in an undeluded way, whereas a saṃsāric being sees reality in a deluded way. The difference is in perception. The third verse is referring the fact that everyone possesses some seed of wisdom that can develop. For these reasons all beings are said to have buddha-nature. In his concluding remarks he discusses the relationship between a sentient being and a buddha.
Featuring Ringu Tulku
Creator Tsadra Foundation
Director Perman, M.
Producer Tsadra Foundation
Event Ringu Tulku Interview on Buddha-Nature (10 October 2019, Tsadra Foundation, Boulder)
Related Website Buddha-Nature
Creation Date 10 October 2019
Citation Ringu Tulku. “On the Meaning of Chapter 1 Verse 28 of the Ratnagotravibhāga.” Interview by Marcus Perman. Tsadra Foundation Research Department, October 10, 2019. Video, 13:26. https://youtu.be/pkd9S_V6Dlk.