Buddha nature

What is a buddha’s nature?

Over the course of the fifteen centuries or so that Buddhism was in India, there came to be different views as to what kind of being a buddha is. Each of those views served a purpose, and the purpose of this module is to explore what those purposes might have been that various visions of buddhahood fulfilled. The principal questions to be asked here are:

  • What was the Buddha of early Buddhism like?
    • Was the Buddha omniscient?
    • Does the Buddha still exist?
  • Are there many Buddhas or just one?
  • What kind of Buddha suits a philosopher?
    • What is a rationalist’s Buddha like?
    • What is the basis of the Buddha’s authority?
  • What kinds of Buddha do Western Buddhists crave?

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