The Buddha Nature Theory and Its Social Value

  • Shan Chun


The contribution of Chinese Chan (or Zen) School to Buddhism is not only confirmed in its methodology of intuitional enlightenment, but also should be associated to its new perspective to Buddha nature which justifies its peculiar way to individual enlightenment. Traditional Indian Buddhism emphasized the solitude of Buddha nature, but Chinese Chan masters shifted this emphasis to the awareness of Buddha nature, highlighting the initiative originality of Buddha nature. This emphasis integrated ontology with value orientation of traditional Buddhism, thus cogently explained the inter correlativeness among the awareness of Buddha nature, reflective meditation and intuitional enlightenment.


Subjective Idealism Small Caliber Universal Nature Buddhist Philosophy Confucian Scholar 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Confucian StudiesChina University of Political Science and LawBeijingPeople’s Republic of China

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