We are the Buddha just as we are…

matthewsatori:

In the Zen teaching, no matter how confused, anxious or perplexed we might be, we already are Amida Buddha as we are. This is the teaching of Buddha and the Zen Patriarchs. 

It is because we have come to think of the symbolic self as “me” that we do not realize that essentially we are Amida Buddha. 

So, in the Zen sect, we teach that when a person chants Namu Amida Butsu, Namu Amida Butsu, Namu Amida Butsu…that this is not done toward some Buddha which is separate from you, but rather you yourself are Amida Buddha and then by calling your own name you enter samadhi (a condition of forgetting the ego-self by being completely absorbed in any certain activity). 

This is the way Zen teaches about the Pure Land teaching. So regardless if we are talking about Shakyamuni Buddha or Avalokiteshvara (the bodhisattva of compassion) or Jizo (the bodhisattva of children), in Buddhism the teaching is that there is no Buddha separate from you yourself.

People are free to believe as they wish, but as long as the God or Buddha which you believe in is separate from you, that isn’t good. We must practice with the intention of eliminating that separation as we make prostrations, do practice and enter samadhi. 

If you practice in this way, then certainly you will come to realize that you, yourself are the Truth, the natural principle of things. 
http://faculty.luther.edu/~kopfg/internal/fullsyllabai/Roshi.html

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This is the way Zen teaches about the Pure Land teaching. So regardless if we are talking about Shakyamuni Buddha or Avalokiteshvara (the bodhisattva of compassion) or Jizo (the bodhisattva of children), in Buddhism the teaching is that there is no Buddha separate from you yourself.