Why are all sentient beings endowed with buddha nature? ~ Gampopa

Well then, one may wonder, because of what reason are sentient beings possessors of the essence of the buddhas?

Since the dharmakaya pervades sentient beings through emptiness; since there is no distinction within the suchness of phenomena themselves; since all sentient beings have the buddha nature; therefore, since there are three reasons, sentient beings are endowed with the essence of the buddhas. Like that, moreover, as it says in the Uttaratantra Shastra:

“Since the body of complete buddhahood is all-pervasive,
Since suchness is without division,
Since there is the presence of buddha nature,
All beings are always endowed with the essence of the buddhas.”


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