Our Basic Nature

Although many people know of Buddhism as emphasizing suffering and the cause of suffering, what has gotten lost, I feel, is the Buddha’s main message. This message is that our basic nature is free from suffering. Suffering and the minds that create suffering are NOT a part of our basic make-up, even though it may seem like it. They are actually like a coating of dirt covering over a precious gem. This Gem is our own Buddha-Nature which forms the basic nature of each of us. This message has not been nearly emphasized enough in the past.

Our modern western approach is very conflicted about our basic nature or how to become happy and fulfilled. There is the notion that we are basically flawed and there is also the notion that individualism and self-satisfaction masked as fulfillment is the road to “enlightenment”. There is the notion that freedom means doing whatever you want, when-ever you want.

A really free mind is a mind that is in control and this requires discipline and focus.  Then we are free to use our minds in any way that we wish.  When our minds are trained, then we can recognize our inherent intelligence and we can recognize the messages from around us that tell us what is skillfull and what is unskillful.  In a Buddha this manifests as Understanding and Skillfulness which are expressed as Wisdom and Compassion.

In Buddhism, THIS is regarded as the basic nature of everyone.

Here is a link to further discussion of how we can develop and experience that basic nature:



About larryreside

Technical Administrator for the Westport Lions Club Website and Instructor @ the Peaceful Garden Meditation Group - A Group that studies and practices Buddhist Psychology and Meditation in the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
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