Our Original Luminous Nature by Zen Master Hae Kwang

Buddha’s great question was a different kind of tracing back—tracing suffering to its source, but it was a moment of perceiving light, the pure light of the morning star, that opened his mind and enabled him to see that the source of our suffering is that we have lost touch with our original luminous nature, that we have somehow forgotten that our nature is already complete. The deeper we go in our practice the more clearly we realize the truth of our own nature, and the need to continue to practice in order to sustain and further deepen this realization and keep our mind-light shining. Buddha was outdoors, sitting under a tree, when he saw the star and all nature became clear.