Youthful vase body

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Youthful vase body (Wyl. gzhon nu bum pa'i sku) — a common metaphor in the Dzogchen teachings is that of a youthful image or 'body' enclosed within a vase. This signifies the dharmakaya in which all qualities are present but not visible from the outside. The body is described as youthful to indicate that these qualities are pure and pristine, untainted by samsara, and immune from birth and death.

Alternative Translations

  • Youthful body in a vase (David Germano)

Further Reading

  • Dudjom Lingpa, Buddhahood Without Meditation, translated by Richard Barron (Padma Publishing, 1994, revised edition 2002), page 149 (contains Ekajati's explanation to Dudjom Lingpa).