"Sun, lotus, and gold - three traditional Buddhist symbols for buddhanature, our unchanging wakefulness.
Like the sun, our buddhanature always shines, even if the clouds temporarily obscure our view of it.
Like the lotus, it grows pure and unsullied from the mud of our passion, aggression, and ignorance.
And like gold, we need only purify the dross of our obscurations to experience the beauty and brilliance of our true nature."
John Tarrant, Shambhala Sun, September 2013