“The enlightened essence is present in everyone.

It is present in every state, both samsara and nirvana, and in all sentient beings – without exception. Experience your buddha nature. Make it your constant practice, and you will reach enlightenment. In my lifetime, I have known many, many people who attained such an enlightened state, both male and female. Awakening to enlightenment is not an ancient fable; it is not mythology. It actually does happen. Bring the oral instructions into your own practical experience, and enlightenment will indeed be possible; it is not merely a fairy tale. Unless you learn how to gain familiarity with your buddha nature, train in it, and realize it, you will remain deluded. Delusion never disappears by itself. Spinning around on the rim of samsara’s vicious wheel, on the twelve links of dependent origination, you will continue life after life. We all die, are reborn, and die again – countless times.

But, in this present life, you can learn to recognize your enlightened essence, and if you do that, you can, before passing away, attain the perfect, fully awakened state of a buddha.  The sole method for transforming this human body into rainbow light at the moment of death is through realizing buddha nature; there is no other possible way. The teachings for how to do this are still available. Place your trust in the Three Jewels: the precious Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.  Receive this instruction from someone who holds an unbroken lineage.  This lineage is still intact.  Otherwise, everyone dies; there is no exception. In the past, everyone who lived in this world died.  Right now everyone alive will die.  Everyone born in the future will also die.  Everything in the world changes. Nothing remains the same; nothing is permanent; nothing lasts.  If you want to be successful, if you really want to take care of yourself – recognize your enlightened essence.”

~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche 

Quoted in “Dakini Activity: The Dynamic Play Of Awakening”
(compiled and edited by Marcia Dechen Wangmo)