• May all sentient beings have happy minds!

Whatever precious jewel there is in the heavenly worlds, there is nothing comparable to one who is Awakened.
-The Buddha

Buddha Nature (27th Nov)

  • Location : Buddhist Library
  • Start Date and Time : 27/11/2018 07:00 pm
  • Finish Date and Time : 27/11/2018 09:00 pm
  • Event Speaker : Jonathan Shearman
  • Enquiries or Contact : (02) 9519 6054 or info@buddhistlibrary.org.au
  • Organising Entity : Buddhist Library


‘Buddha Nature’ is the English translation of a profound Mahayana Buddhist principle, ‘Tathagatharbha’ which is found in various Mahayana Sutras, including the Avatamsaka, and which became very influential in East Asian Buddhism. ‘Buddha Nature’ refers to the innate capacity in sentient beings for enlightenment.

This talk will consider the origins of the Buddha Nature teachings and their relationship to other elements of the Buddhist path, drawing on quotations from the Sutras that describe Buddha Nature.


Date: 27th November
Time: 7 – 9 pm


Speaker’s Profile:

Jonathan Shearman’s journey with Dharma goes back to a visit to Sri Lanka as a child in the 1960’s where an encounter with Buddhist monastics left a strong impression. At University he studied Philosophy, Anthropology, Comparative Religion and Sanskrit, and discovered Vipassana Meditation. He attended several retreats at Wat Buddha Dhamma, formally took refuge in July 2007 and went on his first 10-day Vipassana Retreat in early 2008. In years past he has given courses in Buddhism at Warringah and Mosman Evening College. He has completed the Master of Buddhist Studies course at the University of Sydney. Jonathan works as a technical writer and instructional designer for a professional services company on the North Shore.


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