Tibetan word for Buddha – Sangye
Sangye is someone who has awoken from the slumber of ignorance and whose mind has opened up to the understanding of all things, like a lotus flower. By remaining in a state of non-dual awareness, one can access the qualities of enlightenment, even though there is nothing to acquire or cleanse in the true essence of the mind. As the Accomplished of Wisdom states:
“Clear luminous mind itself
Is the essence of the three mandalas
Having understood this, pay single-minded attention,
And the supreme fruition will be attained.”
A Buddha is a being who has reached full awakening and evolution, and is a perfect instructor of enlightenment for humans and gods. Shakyamuni Buddha’s perfect wisdom allows him to understand the true nature of reality, while his perfect compassion drives him to wish for the happiness of others. Buddhas are both human and divine, embodying the ultimate freedom that manifests itself in all forms of love and goodness within this relative world.
Good, on the other hand, is happiness. The purpose of life is to free oneself from suffering and find true happiness, and the Bodhisattvas help us achieve this by staying in the realm of mortals and delaying their own enlightenment so that others can benefit.
The Sambhogkaya is the bliss that comes from this fulfillment. Finally, the Nirmanakaya is the emanation body that is born out of the union of wisdom and bliss, and it leads those who are suffering into a state of joy.
The Nirmanakaya is the living Buddha art, which is created out of the buddhas’ loving will to help others in their spiritual journey and to free them from their mundane lives..