The Uniqueness of Tibetan Buddhism in Revealing Our True Nature
Tibetan Buddhism is awareness of the clarity of our true nature, and does not rely on a belief system. In the modern world, we’ve been so indoctrinated with belief systems that we have lost our intelligence and our ability to reason. Our true nature is not beyond us!
On investigating our true nature, nothing whatsoever can be said to exist, but neither can we say that there is nothing there at all, as this non-finding has qualities* – and we have awareness of that non-finding 😉
Not finding anything there is pure emptiness – dharmakaya.
The awareness of not finding anything is clarity – sambhogakaya.
The unity of these two is the manifestation of compassion – nirmanakaya.
“What is this compassion that is the unity of the two?”
It is the understanding that everything that needs to be known is known!
If we look for satisfaction in these three kayas by wanting to ‘own’ them, they become conceptual. In this way, the three kayas turn into the three poisonous emotions of desire, aversion and ignorance (of course, as we proceed through the process of understanding, we need a sense of satisfaction, but here we are talking from an absolute level, where we are dealing with what just is).
Conversely, if the three kayas are known and recognised, then when these poisonous emotions arise, they immediately reflect our true nature of empty clarity/pure awareness.
“What is the correlation between the three kayas and the three poisons?”
Emptiness correlates with desire, as we fill emptiness.
Awareness correlates with aversion, as we start judging.
Compassion correlates with ignorance, as we create a false image of ourselves and others.
all encompassing wisdom…..spacious, accommodating.
mirror wisdom………………….clarity, precision.
equanimity wisdom…………..generosity, richness.
discriminating wisdom………selfless appreciation, love.
all-accomplishing wisdom….efficiency without ambition.
all encompassing wisdom…spaced-out, stupid.
mirror wisdom…………………aggressive, irritable.
equanimity wisdom………….territorial, suffocating.
discriminating wisdom……..clinging, grasping, poverty-stricken.
all-accomplishing wisdom…competitive, pugnacious.