The process of working with our life situation in the practice of tantric Buddhism consists first of acknowledging that one’s own basic nature is that potential, that Buddha nature, and then of meditating upon its presence within one by regarding oneself as a deity. The form of the deity is the embodiment or expression of that potential, that union of emptiness and wisdom within one. It is through regarding oneself as the deity that defects are gradually eradicated and qualities gradually revealed since the potential to transcend our problems is innate rather than external to us.
from the book Medicine Buddha Teachings
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