Monday, March 05, 2007

Fundamentally Awake

Something exists in us which is basically awake, as opposed to asleep.There is something intrinsically cheerful and fundamentallypride-worthy.It is intrinsic, which is to say: without conning ourselves into it. Itisone-hundred-percent gold, beyond twenty-four carat. According to theBuddhist tradition, that is what is known as Buddha nature. In Sanskrititis often referred to as tathagatagarbha, which means that the essence[garbha] of those who have already gone beyond, the tathagatas orbuddhas,that essence exists in us. We take that attitude: that we ourselves arefundamentally awake. We ourselves are good already. It's not justpotential. It's more than potential.

>From Talk One of "Warriorship in the Three Yanas," an unpublishedseminargiven by Chogyam Trungpa at the Rocky Mountain Dharma Center, August 22,1978.

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