Tibetan Dharma

Buddha-nature and Enlightenment

Book coverEnlightenment is not anything new or something we create or bring into existence. It is simply discovering within us what is already there. It is the full realization of our intrinsic nature. In Tibetan, buddha is sang gyay. Sang means that all of the faults have been cleared away, while gyay means “full realization”; just as from darkness, the moon waxes, likewise from ignorance, the qualities of the mind’s intrinsic nature emerge.

—Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

In the Presence of Masters: Wisdom from 30 Contemporary Tibetan Buddhist Teachers, edited by Reginald A. Ray, page 118.

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