To know ourselves is first of all to know that our own true nature is the Buddha nature [our innate potential for enlightenment].
Just as the sun and moon are always shining but may not be visible because they are obscured by clouds and mist, so the Buddha nature is ever present within us, though it may not be apparent because it is covered over by the clouds of lust, hatred, and delusion.
To practice meditation is to remove the layers of clouds that conceal our true [potential] so that our Buddha nature may appear again, wonderful and radiant in its intrinsic [luminosity].
When the Buddha attained supreme enlightenment under the Bodhi tree, he laughed. Why? Because before he was... [via Wisdom Quarterly]