8. Our original Buddha-Nature is, in highest truth, devoid of any atom of objectivity. It is void, omnipresent, silent, pure; it is glorious and mysterious peaceful joy—and that is all. Enter deeply into it by awaking to it yourself. That which is before you is it, in all its fullness, utterly complete. There is naught beside.
Even if you go through all the stages of a Bodhisattva’s progress towards Buddhahood, one by one; when at last, in a single flash, you attain to full realization, you will only be realizing the Buddha-Nature which has been with you all the time; and by all the foregoing stages you will have added to it nothing at all. 2 You will come to look upon those aeons of work and achievement as no better than unreal actions performed in a dream.
That is why the Tathāgata said: ‘I truly attained nothing from complete, unexcelled Enlightenment. Had there been anything attained, Dīpamkara Buddha would not have made the prophecy concerning me.’ 1 He also said: ‘This Dharma is absolutely without distinctions, neither high nor low, and its name is Bodhi.’ It is pure Mind, which is the source of everything and which, whether appearing as sentient beings or as Buddhas, as the rivers and mountains of the world which has form, as that which is formless, or as penetrating the whole universe, is absolutely without distinctions, there being no such entities as selfness and otherness.
The Zen Teaching of Huang Po, John Blofeld translation
How interesting. Master Huang Po is saying that we don’t need to spend aeons upon aeons toiling and suffering as a Bodhisattva in order to realize our own True Mind, our Buddha Nature.
Because the Buddha Nature that the highest of Bodhisattvas realize is the same Buddha Nature that we can realize right here, right now – because it has always been with us and is with us right here, right now.
All we need to do awaken to it (easier said that done! lol).
And even if we decide to go down the Bodhisattva path and toil for aeons, then after all those aeons, we would have added nothing to the Buddha Nature – the Buddha Nature does not become any more superior for having toiled all that time.