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Lions Roar : May 2007
the mind remains uncorrupted. There is an open, empty, clear, spacious, and luminous clarity of mind that is beyond con- cepts, ideas, or sensations. It does not come and go because it never enters the stream of time and is beyond both experience and intellectualism. Alternative terms for this supreme aspect of bodhichitta are emptiness, the natural state, buddhanature, the nature of the mind, the ground of being, ultimate reality, and the primordial state, depending on the context. They all refer to an innate wakefulness that is present even when the delusions and obscurations of the mind are at work. SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2007 41 Shahmana Samten fering of others; it is also a powerful tool for effecting our own spiritual transformation. We must learn to be compassionately concerned about others, because that concern is what enables us to go beyond our discursive thoughts, conflicting emotions, and self-obsessions and break down the barriers created by ignorance, prejudice, fear, uncertainty, and doubt. Absolute bodhichitta, on the other hand, is our authentic and original state of being, and therefore relates to the wisdom aspect of enlightenment. Despite the fact that sentient beings experi- ence a multitude of delusions and obscurations, an element of