The Problem with Original Enlightenment

Hongaku is a Japanese word that translates to “original enlightenment”.  This teaching, which states that all people, animals, and inanimate objects are already enlightened originated in medieval China, and first appears in the Avatamsaka (Flower Garland) Sutra. The teaching became popular in Japan during the Kamakura period (1185-1333) appearing in the Platform Sutra of Huineng […]