ultimate object of refuge in the Mahayana

ultimate object of refuge in the Mahayana

Now to the Mahayana. For the Mahayana, historically bound, the physically bound Buddha is actually a manifestation, meaning is not the real one so to speak. It’s manifested. So the real Buddha is usually out of lack of choice of words, we choose the word, many words, like dharmakaya or buddha nature that we talked this morning. And buddha nature is a very big subject, I was just hitting on very small aspect of buddha nature which was, remember, the defilements are removable. I think that much understanding is good enough to begin. And to this truth, to this nature of, nature that although defilements are so blatantly, obviously there, our defilements are so thick and large and long and tall and completely vivid and very much there. But. And big, and many. But no matter, they are all removable. And that, what we call it ???, which is quality of absence, we call it. It is a quality that is an absence of dirt, remember the dish washing example I give you. That is the ultimate object of refuge and that, you know if you take refuge to that, nothing can go wrong. It’s undeceiving.

Outer, Inner and Secret Refuge, London 2010

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