The Confucian Idea of Human Nature Vs. Buddha Nature
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This paper explains Confucius' positive view of human nature by which all people need guidance to learn the joy of ren or love in moral purpose/service. The paper compares this to the cultivation of Buddha Nature that Confucius would have seen as quite asocial, selfish and not in keeping with his humanist dynamic of helping to create a better society that fit with the cosmos.
From the Paper:"The contrast that is found between Confucian ideas of human nature and the Buddhist concept of `Buddha nature' has to do with very old Chinese debates on the basic nature of the person. For Confucius, human beings were basically good. They needed direction and might need to be corrected. The bad person was someone that had not had the right training for life, so that he or she had not learned to maintain a good approach to others. The bad person could not see society or the..."
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