June 04th, 2023

This teaching says that all sentient beings possess the true mind of emptiness and quiescence, whose nature is without exception fundamentally pure. Bright, unobscured, astute and constantly aware, it constantly abides to the end of time.

It is called Buddha-nature; it is also called tathagatagarbha and mind-ground. Because from time without beginning it has been concealed by false thoughts, sentient beings cannot realize it, and thereby experience birth and death.

The Supremely Enlightened, feeling pity for them, manifests in the world to proclaim that all dharmas characterized by birth and death are empty, and to reveal the complete identity of this mind with all the Buddhas.

Tsung-mi (780)