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The primary importance is perceived to be soterio­ logical , the self-transformation of liberation• Ontological notions must fall in line with this matter of superior im­ portance and provide a theoretical explanation as to how self-transformation or change is possible. The groundwork of this explanation is laid with the rejection of the static notions of being and non-being. So far this type of logic sounds like basic Middle Path logic— the two extremes of being and non-being, eternalism and annihilationism being denied.

M The term "Buddha nature" is a Chinese term for which the Sanskrit equivalent is not readily apparent. f "Buddhahood" or "Buddha-ness•" However, upon compari­ son of the Chinese versions of texts containing the term "Buddha nature" with their Sanskrit and Tibetan equivalents, it became apparent that the fo hsing did not correspond to Sanskrit buddhataf buddhatva, or their Tibetan equivalents. Rather, what emerged was somewhat more complex• Shinoda, 2 Ogawa^ and for examplef compare the Chinese text of the Ratna.

Whether all beings or only some possess the Buddha nature and are thereby assured of the attainment of Buddhahood. The BNT "received serious consideration in China and Japan as a representative text arguing for the existence in all beings of Buddha nature and against the consciousness-only view recognizing no Buddha nature , 工 material did get mixed with the text during the process of transmission. (Takemura; p. ) Takemura makes a bold attempt to determine whether Vasubandhu, Paramartha, one else may have added these commentary-like passages.

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