Dharmakaya - the ever present Body of Enlightenment
Often we can meet some people having doubts, whether Mahayana Buddhism is a “real” and “authentic” Buddhism, do they follow properly the teachings and words of Buddha Shakyamuni, or have they gone astray.
Enlightened mind means a state of mind which is completely free from all sufferings, all 5 aggregates, all obscurations and afflictions, 3 poisons of the mind – confusion, greed and anger, free from all conditional states, from influence of cause and effect.
Which can be described only describing what it is not.
What is not attached to a certain place or even a person. In fact Buddha Shakyamuni has been telling he is not the only Buddha. He is the fourth Buddha of our age and he predicted there are thousand Buddhas to come.
He did not intend to claim any authority rights on enlightenment.
When Mahayana Buddhists think about Buddha (including as a refuge) – they think about eternally present enlightened Dharmakaya, not exactly the historical figure of Buddha Shakyamuni, who was living in India 2550 years ago, born to his mother Mayadevi, reached enlightenment under Bodhi tree and turned the Dharma Wheel in Varanasi.
But this very Dharmakaya is usually represented by Buddha Shakyamuni, seen as the emanation or manifestation of an eternal truth, which have always been there and manifest in different ways and persons to help sentient beings.
But even if the historical Buddha Shakyamuni was not there, or may be at some age there wouldn’t be any Buddhas or people would be unable to understand Buddhist teachings – the truth of Dharmata , the ultimate reality would still be there always.
Yes, indeed, Buddhism is considered a teaching on “impermanence of everything” but it wouldn’t be complete without the other part – “…composite, consisting of 5 aggreagates.” But emptiness of Dharmakaya is not a “thing” or entity.
Whether one is a Buddha or a being thrown into the turmoil of a hell realm, the presence of the substratum or matrix of Dharmakaya is the same, and this undifferentiated state is the basic source for all of our conscious experiences.
2. Because the absolute nature is inseparable from the absolute state. Because the nature of all beings is emptiness and the nature of Buddha is emptiness, it is considered they have the same nature, which is impossible to separate.
3. Because all beings have a potential.