Question: The Lotus Sutra is accepted as one of the most essential Sutras in Korean Buddhism. The Sutra says that everybody has a Buddha nature and the capability to become Buddha equally. I am curious to know if the Lotus Sutra was given by the real Gautama Buddha.
Answer from the Ascended Master Gautama Buddha through Kim Michaels. This answer was given at a conference in Seoul, Korea in 2016.
Yes, my beloved, it is a valid Sutra given by me. That being said, I would like to point out that the vast majority of the people who give this Sutra do not believe what is said in the Sutra. They do not fully accept that they have the Buddha nature within them and therefore they can also be the Buddha. If we could get people to accept this, we could make major progress. It would take Buddhism to a new stage where they would begin to more openly acknowledge the potential of actually manifesting the Buddha nature. Of course, the more people express this, the more change you will see in society and the raising of the collective consciousness.
Now, we might say that when I use the terminology of the Buddha nature as inherent in every person, it should be understood that this is not in conflict with the teachings of Jesus about the Christ being in every person and every person as having the potential to become the Christ. There is no conflict here. They are not mutually exclusive concepts, it is simply that they were given at different times for different cultures. There are, of course, certain shadings that we might discuss, as we have taught about before, where the Christ consciousness is a stage that you go through where you are reaching out more to help others and then there can come the Buddhic consciousness, or what we often in the East see as the Buddhic consciousness, where you are more anchored within and therefore may even withdraw from the world as you saw me withdraw to an ashram and teach from there. Whereas you saw Jesus go out and meet the people where they are.
Again, these are not mutually exclusive, they are just different stages and there are people who are ready to embrace the path of Buddhahood. There are also many who are born in the East and who are not actually ready to embrace the path of Buddhahood because they need to go through some stages first. Therefore, they will need to go through the path of Christhood first before they are actually ready for it.
This is, of course, one of the major problems that are always in existence when a spiritual teaching is given. Any spiritual teaching is given for a particular level of consciousness. If people are not at that level of consciousness, they cannot lock in to the inner meaning of the teaching. That is when they then take the teaching and turn it into an outer religion, as we have mentioned before, where even Buddhism has become so ritualized and so steeped in outer traditions and rituals that people think that by performing the outer ceremonies and rituals, they will automatically make progress.
It is not that people cannot make some progress this way, but if you follow all of the outer tenets of Buddhism and keep doing so, you will not automatically arrive at the point where you are ready to actually accept your Buddha nature. It is, of course, the same with Christianity where those who did not understand the inner path to Christhood created the outer religion. Again, as Jesus has said many times, following the outer practices of Christianity as it is today will not get you to the point where you are ready to embrace the inner path.
It is very necessary that there is a growing awareness of the need to look beyond the outer teaching and the outer rituals and lock in to the inner message and the inner path. What we are teaching today, as ascended masters, is precisely that the path has different levels and that at different levels you need different teachings. Therefore, there are actually many people in the East who have grown up in a Buddhist culture who could benefit greatly from studying the teachings we have released in this age about the path to Christhood. This would allow them to walk a gradual step-by-step path that would make them more ready for the path of Buddhahood.
Of course, even though I attempted to give the Eight-fold path as an outer guideline, there is no guarantee that following an outer system will open your mind to the inner path. This needs to be a conscious awareness, a conscious decision, that you are willing to walk that inner path. That is why it is not the highest approach to assume that because you were born in a Buddhist culture, you are ready for the true inner path of the Buddha.
It is better to be more open and humble so that you do not have this gap between where you are and where you think the Buddha was. This is what you see in so many Buddhists, as you see in so many Christians, that they see a gap between themselves and the Buddhic consciousness as they see a gap between themselves and Jesus. There is no way in the outer religion to cross that gap. It can only be crossed through the inner path, but you need to be sensitive to where you are at in consciousness and what you need in order to go through the next step of your path.
What has happened in so many religions and cultures is that they have taken away that inner path and so the outer religion has created this gap. The fallen beings, of course, do everything they can to pervert the outer practices so people cannot close the gap and find the inner path. What we seek in this age is to make people aware of the existence of the inner path and the necessity of following it.
Copyright © 2016 Kim Michaels