This class will present the concept of Buddha Nature in Buddhism. It is a more positive approach concerning the truth of impermanence. Buddha Nature also serves as a basis or justification for sudden enlightenment ad that all beings are Buddhas even though they do not know it yet. In other words, there are no ontological requirements for enlightenment. Instead it is an epistemology concern. It is a matter of seeing not a matter of changing our being. It is not something earned but rather something realized. We will be discussing the Larger Sutra, the Lotus Sutra and the Nirvana Sutra.
Instructor Rev. Jon Turner and his family first began attending Orange County Buddhist Church (OCBC) in 1999. Two years later he joined the Ministers’ Assistant Program (MAP) there. In 2010, Reverend Turner graduated from Institute of Buddhist Studies (IBS) in Berkeley, California, with a master’s degree in Buddhist Studies, and received Tokudo ordination. In 2012, he was ordained as a Kyoshi minister. After retiring from a 35 year career as a computer programmer, Reverend Turner became a fully ordained Kaikyoshi minister at OCBC in 2017.
"Throughout that time, I studied and practiced Buddhism very diligently. I have also stepped in every pothole, making every mistake one can make in understanding Buddhism. As a result, I think these experiences help me become a better teacher.”