For those desiring long life, beauty, fame, acclaim, heaven, high birth, and lofty delights following in succession, the wise praise heedfulness in doing deeds of merit.
Being heedful, the wise secure both kinds of good: the good in this life, and the good of the future life.
By attaining the good, the steadfast are called wise.
If we can’t see our own Buddha Nature, the source of Light and Life, then we can look for it in others. That is why we remember our saints and teachers: we look at someone whose Buddha Nature we can see.
We can recover the wisdom of our Buddha Nature by recognizing it in others.
Just like sunflowers track the sun, Buddha Nature always aims at enlightenment.
A sunflower does not have to learn how to track the sun. That is its nature. —TN
Luminous is the mind. And it is defiled by incoming defilements. The uninstructed ordinary person does not discern that as it actually is present, which is why I tell you that, for the uninstructed ordinary person, there is no development of the mind.
Luminous is the mind. And it is freed from incoming defilements. The well-instructed disciple of the Noble Ones discerns that as it actually is present, which is why I tell you that, for the well-instructed disciple of the noble ones, there is development of the mind.
—Buddha Shakyamuni, Pabhassara Sutta, Anguttara Nikaya
Buddha is without beginning, middle, or end. He is peace itself, fully self-awakened and self-expanded in Buddhahood.
Having reached this state, he shows the indestructible, permanent path so that those who have no realization may realize.
Wielding the supreme sword and vajra of knowledge and compassionate love, he cuts the seedling of suffering and destroys the wall of doubts along with its surrounding thicket of various views.
I bow down to this Buddha.
—Maitreya, Uttaratantra Shastra
Be careful not to consider yourselves inferior. Your bodies are manifestations of Buddha Nature; they always contain the light of universal liberation.
If you exert yourselves, you will attain the path of very highest realization and save limitless beings.
—Buddha Shakyamuni, Tathagatagarbha Sutra
sattva buddha na buddhas tv
apara iha mahan vidyate lokadhatu
Sentient beings are Buddhas.
There are no other Great Buddhas here in this world.
—Kalachakra Tantra, V, v.66