Our buddha nature has an active aspect, which is our "inner teacher." From the very moment we became obscured, this "inner teacher" has worked tirelessly for us, tirelessly trying to bring us back to the radiance and spaciousness of our true being. Not for one second, my master Jamyang Khyentse said, has the inner teacher given up on us.

In its infinite compassion, one with the infinite compassion of all the buddhas and all the enlightened beings, it has been ceaselessly working for our evolution - not only in this life but in all our past lives - using all kinds of skillful means and all types of situations to teach and awaken us and to guide us back to the truth.