The Debate over Buddha-Nature by Karl Brunnhölzl

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Karl Brunnhölzl discusses why there has historically been such debate over the teaching of buddha-nature. He suggests that one of the main points of contention has not been whether buddha-nature is considered a Buddhist teaching or not. Rather, the debate has centered around interpretations of what buddha-nature actually means or implies. Does it imply a truly existent nature, or something that has always been there from the beginning? Or does it resemble something more akin to a nonaffirming negation that implies that buddha-nature is ultimately empty. Brunnhölzl explains that many Tibetan thinkers fall somewhere between these two poles.
Featuring Karl Brunnhölzl
Creator Tsadra Foundation
Director Perman, M.
Producer Tsadra Foundation
Event Karl Brunnhölzl Interview on Buddha-Nature (3 December 2018, Tsadra Foundation, Boulder)
Related Website Buddha-Nature
Creation Date 3 December 2018
Citation Brunnhölzl, Karl. “The Debate over Buddha-Nature.” Interview by Marcus Perman. Tsadra Foundation Research Department, December 3, 2018. Video, 4:21.