Once you describe something as inherent it no longer becomes a Buddhist principle/ for everything is co arising and interdependent. hence nothing including Buddha Nature can be inherent. that does not mean Buddha Nature does not exist , just the way to VIEW IT.
Well, here I'm trying to understand and follow Nichiren's teachings. And is Nichiren who says
that Original enlightenment is the inherent nature of all of us. Let me quote a few but important and beautiful words from other gosho:
The entity of Myoho-renge-kyo in all its splendor -just what it this entity? If we hope to answer this, we must say that it is the eight petaled white lotus that is the true nature of our own lives. Since this is so, then the essential nature of our lives is Myoho-renge-kyo. And once we have come to understand that Myoho-renge-kyo is not the name of a sutra but is the entity of our own lives, then we will see that our own lives are in fact the Lotus Sutra, and the otus Sutra is none other than the sacred word preached by Buddha in order to ake manifest the entities that ar our lives
This is a nice and hopeful paragraph of Nichiren, from the gosho "On the ten factors" (number 179 in SG english edition), where you can clearly read that our true nature is the Buddha entity.
I knew this was going to open a can of worms . As it should.
Here lies my conclusion as to why.
Translation translation translation.
People somewhere have translated our Master's words to fit their need to for them to feel they know what they are reading.
I wish i could read His writing and understand it.
Using the word inherent means something exists in and of on it's own . Nothing does. Everything is co existing and co arising.
So once you tell someone that Buddha nature is inherent...they will be looking for something in a view that is non Buddhist.
I think if we keep this in mind and have a real good translator go back and interpret the words written we might come up with something that is not of the translator's making.
Maki wrote: If one conceive the "emptiness" as a mere abstract notion, never will understand why our own entity is such as Buddha entity. Emptiness, as mere abstract notion, seem to be opposite to "entity". But our masters, Nichiren as well as Nagarjuna, were serious persons... We need to do an effort for to understand them...
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Emptiness is not an abstract notion. Sunyata once learned is a beautiful philosophy as well. It shows the nature of all things and their interconnectedness and the fact nothing is inherent or can be.
If anything is inherent than all things are inherent and the whole thing would be frozen in one moment for change would not exist for one thing.
to put os another way in a vedic way before Master Bodhisatva Nagarjuna, is why Shiva is death and Brahma is life and Vishnu holds all their molecules together.
emptiness is the way things are Maki, not an abstract notion.
you talk of right view, i think the Gakki used to teach something like ku ke chu or something or other they would just sort of glom over. Nichiren sho shu priests would elaborate a bit.. But you need one who has become enlightened to the concept to actually teach you.
I have a vague idea of it and have tried to make it my own for the sake of everyone and all things which we are all part and parcel to.