Explaining the Mahamudra of the Basis According to the Sutra System

The very minds of the three realm sentient beings,
And specifically one’s own very mind,
Since time beginningless and non-abiding, 2
From whence ignorance came into being,
Have been abiding naturally with the mind’s nature.
This is the mahamudra of the basis.

The clear and knowing nature of the mind in the continuum of all sentient beings in general, and in particular of practitioners practising the path, has been there from its side since time beginningless and non-abiding. Simultaneously with the existence of this mind, although unknown to and unrealised by it, has been the mode of abiding of this mind, emptiness, which has been existing and abiding simultaneously with the mind. This is the mahamudra of the basis according to the sutra system.