The Four Buddha Bodies

10696290_830327773690843_860379331408832854_nIf you do not know how to meditate, look carefully at the nature of that which causes you to be afraid, and you will see the emptiness that has no nature whatsoever ―this is what is called the dharmakaya (the Buddha body of truth).

That emptiness is not a negation; its essence is transcendental awareness, so lucid and dazzling that it is frightful to see ―this is the mind of the sambhogakaya (the Buddha body of delight).

Emptiness and luminosity are not two separate things, but rather the nature of emptiness is luminosity, and the nature of luminosity is emptiness. This indivisible emptiness-luminosity, the naked mind, free of everything, dwells in the uncreated state ―this is the svavabhikakaya (the Buddha body of self-nature).

Its natural energy manifests everywhere without obstruction ―this is the compassionate nirmanakaya (the Buddha body of compassionate kindness).

―Padmasambava Guru Rinpoche, Liberation through Hearing

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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4 Responses to The Four Buddha Bodies

  1. I Sarath Dassanaike – Arya Sinhalese and Theravada Buddhist from Sri Lanka . the Buddhist Country in the Indian ocean , below India.

  2. Dharma fool says:

    Tashi la, why do we usually hear of the *three* bodies, e.g. “Three Jewels, Three Roots, Three Kayas”? I don’t think I have heard of the “svavabhikakaya” outside of this quotation. Did I miss something?

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