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Nevertheless, in a text such as the BNT, an author is likely to indicate various meanings of the term ju-lai-tsang. For example, the BNT indicates that two of the meanings of tathagatagarbha are (1) that which is held within the store­ house (所 攝 鐵 (能 攝 瘌 ) and (2) the storehouse as container ). , that which is contained, and in the BNT it is specifically indicated that what is con­ tained, the embryo f is ordinary sentient beings. The second meaning indicates garbha understood as container r and in the BNT this container or storehouse is said to be filled with the Buddha1s merits, likened to jewels.

By "own-nature11 the BNT1s author may mean to refer to these eternal atoms, but if so, his expression is rather misleading. It should also be men­ tioned that to my knowledge, nirvapa and saijisara are not mentioned in the classificatory scheme of the Vaisesika. Rupaf as matter, is not a substance; rather, the specific elements (bhuta)--earth, water, fire, air and ether (akasha)— are considered individually. ■''For the most part, this statement seems inapplicable to Vaisesika teachings. The latter differentiate such com­ pound particular things as a jug and a bit of cloth by the differences of their parts.

B. Refuting Non-Buddhist Philosophies: Buddha Nature Is Not an Own-Nature In the preceding section, the author argued tvat it is incorrect to say either that Buddha nature exists or thaL it doesn't exist. The framework for this argument was a cri­ ticism of HTnayana views, but the author1s carelessness in stating the Hrnayana positions revealed that his concern was not with the refutation of Hinayana views per se. Rather, he simply used the alleged Hinayana views as foils in order to establish his own perspective.

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