Buddhas, Just as We Are…

matthewsatori:

The Japanese term konomama, which means “just as I am,” is a central concept in Zen and Jodo Shinshu Buddhism.

Whereas Jodo Shinshu teaches that we are accepted by Amida Buddha, just as we are, Zen teaches that we are already buddhas, just as we are, in our true nature.

Zen sees the purpose of Buddhist practice, including reciting the name of Amida Buddha, Namu-Amida-Butsu, as awakening to the Buddha which we essentially are.

It’s like we are water in our original nature, and the three poisons of greed/lust, anger/hate and delusion/ignorance have hardened us into ice. Buddhist teaching and practice is the heat which melts us back to that original state.

These words are from Hakuin’s poem, The Song of Zazen:

All beings by nature are Buddha,
As ice by nature is water.
Apart from water there is no ice;
Apart from beings, no Buddha…
The Pure Land itself is near.
Those who hear this truth even once
And listen with a grateful heart,
Treasuring it, revering it,
Gain blessings without end…
Nirvana is right here, before our eyes,
This very place is the Lotus Land,
This very body, the Buddha.  

http://www.thezensite.com/ZenTeachings/Translations/Song_of_Zazen.htm

In reciting the Nembutsu, the name of Amida Buddha, Namu-Amida-Butsu, we awaken to Amida as the True Self:

NAMU-AMIDA-BUTSU

Zen sees the purpose of Buddhist practice, including reciting the name of Amida Buddha, Namu-Amida-Butsu, as awakening to the Buddha which we essentially are.