The basic nature of our mind is essentially good. The Buddha taught that all beings are buddhas covered by momentary obscuration; when those obscurations are removed, they are real buddhas. The true identity of every sentient being, not just human beings, is a state of unconditioned suchness. This is the basic nature as it is, pure and perfect. We have an inherent capacity to care for others and to understand; it is not a product of education or upbringing. To practise the dharma means simply to develop and nurture these intrinsic qualities. That is our task, our responsibility.

— Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

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