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337f. 7). 2). BUDDHA NATURE 38 They accepted these laws as if you, the king of kings, had spoken to them face to face, and they believed they heard not them but you in them. You sent the different nations different prophets and teachers, some at one time and others at another. However, it is a characteristic of the earthly condition that a longstanding custom which has come to be regarded as naturally the case is defended as truth (quae in naturam transisse accipitur pro veri tate defenditur). 58 That is to say, all religions were originally the teaching of Christ, but these teachings have become distorted over time.
The truths taught by the Buddha (Boutta) are explicitly included in Clement's list of high, or philosophical, truths. 15). 4, 6, to. 19 This is the standard interpretation of p'i-yab which is, more precisely, 'illustration'. " Pye, SkilfUl Means, 47 & passim. Leon Hurvitz, The Scripture of the Lotus Blossom of the Fine Dharma (New York, 1976), 20 5L . Roger Gregory-Tashi Corless, ''Lying to Tell the Truth" 31 The Medicine of Deceit When teaching is done through allegories, these allegories are themselves presented to demonstrate the ignorant condition of the hearers.
But though these two types of explanation are set forth, one must realize that the explanation that sflivakas and pratyekabuddhas do not understand the selflessness of phenomena [the Svatantrika view] is set forth only for the sake of the special disciples [whose mental faculties are not completely ripe], while the explanation that they do understand it [the PrasaIigika view] is the correct one ... 49 In this and in the previous ways discussed above, mKhas grub rje upholds the validity and coherence of the dGe lugs pa siddhanta schema, defending the distinctions between the schools as drawn by his master, Tsong kha pa, and explains the doctrinal complexity of a given text by resorting either to reinterpretation of offending passages or to a rhetoric of uptiyakaufalya (skilful means).
Buddha Nature: A Festschrift in Honor of Minoru Kiyota by Paul J. Griffiths, John P. Keenan