It is true that when we look at our minds, we have afflictions and thoughts, we have all kinds of suffering and problems. But at the same time, we always have the innate potential to transcend these. The reason why we have this innate potential is that the nature of the mind and the nature of everything that arises in the mind is emptiness. Regardless of what is passing through our mind, our mind is always the boundless space of emptiness. The innate potential of our minds lies in the very fact that our minds are empty. While emptiness is indeed the nature of the mind, the nature of that emptiness is wisdom; it is the innate potential for the arising of all qualities. In Buddhist scriptures this innate potential is called Buddha nature.
from the book Medicine Buddha Teachings
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