Q. Is the nature of the Buddha different from or the same as that of sentient beings?

A. When everything is empty just as the Buddha said, not only the nature of the Buddha but that of sentient beings is also empty. Both of them are from the same root, Emptiness. In essence, they are identical rather the same since being the same or different is a concept used for separate things.

The difference between them is that one knows the root, and the other doesn’t. In fact, irrespective of whether we know the root or not, it is true that we are the same as Emptiness. This is why ancient masters said that the Buddha is a sentient being who knows the root and a sentient being is the Buddha who doesn’t know it.

©Boo Ahm

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