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The great Dzogchen master Garab Dorje said: 'Mind’s nature is and has always been the Buddha.'

A great contemporary master once told me that when he was a child, he used to think that the Buddha was a statue. Then, as he grew older, he came to understand that the Buddha was a great master—the one who showed the path to enlightenment. Only much later did he come to realize that the Buddha is one’s mind—our own true nature.

If we ask: “Who are we really?” In the deepest aspect of our being, we are Buddha. A good example is the sky and the clouds. Our true nature could be compared to the sky, and the confusion of the ordinary mind to clouds. Some days the sky is completely obscured by clouds. When we are down on the ground, looking up, it is very difficult to believe there is anything else there but clouds. Yet we only have to fly in a plane to discover up above a limitless expanse of clear blue sky.

Through meditation practice, or when listening to powerful teachings, you can soar above the clouds of confusion and experience the infinite sky-like nature of your mind, which has never, ever been touched by the clouds. When you go beyond the ordinary mind, you experience the profound nature of mind, which is the Buddha. The more you realize that the nature of your mind is the Buddha, the more your very being becomes the Buddha.
~Myall Lakes retreat, 18 January 2015

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