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  • Dianne McKinnon

Where Do We Find Enlightenment?

Since when mind is realized, it is [found to be] primordial Wisdom­­–one should thoroughly cultivate the perception that there is nowhere else to seek the Buddha.


The cause of the arising of primordial Wisdom is mind; there is nowhere else to search for the Buddha.

~Sutra on the Wisdom at the Moment of Death~

Geshela Jinpa Sonam sent these quotes along with the explanation that the first quote speaks to what is realized/perceived when mind is seen. It is mind's essence is pristine and unstained mind: the dharmakaya.

And the Second quote speaks to the subtle continuum of the "original" mind, the "natural," unmodified state. Besides the primordial Wisdom of the original unmodified state, there is no other place to seek Enlightenment.

As for what is to be accomplished... it is that we ourselves must meet with directly /be introduced to our original mind. This, Geshela stated, is said to be of great importance, and is spoken of in the Buddha's final turning of the wheel in the Perfection of Wisdom sutras, and in Maitraya's Sublime Continuum, etc., where we hear about the clear light nature of primordial wisdom.

Geshe Jinpa Sonam 1/8/21

འདའ་ཀ་ཡེ་ཤེས་མདོ་ལས། །སེམས་རྟོག་ན་ཡེ་ཤེས་ཡིན་པས་ན། །སངས་རྒྱས་གཞན་དུ་མ་བཙོལ་བའི་འདུ་ཤེས་རབ་ཏུ་བསྒོམ་པར་བྱའོ། །ཞེས་དང་། ཡང་དོམ་དེ་ཉིད་ལས། །སེམས་ནི་ཡེ་ཤེས་འབྱུང་བའི་རྒྱུ། །སངས་རྒྱས་གཞན་དུ་མ་ཚོལ་ཅིག། །ཞེས་དང་།


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