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Sahaja (T. lhan skyes/lhan cig skyes pa ལྷན་ཅིག་སྐྱེ་བ་; C. jushengqi 生起) is translated as co-emergent, innate, inherent, intrinsic, etc. This term is commonly contrasted with parikalpita (imputed, imaginary).

The Mahāvyutpatti states:

sahaja. born or produced together or at the same time as | congenital, innate, hereditary, original, natural | by birth, 'by nature', 'naturally' | with | always the same as from the beginning | natural state or disposition | said to be also | a brother of whole blood | N. of various kings and other men | of a Tāntric teacher.[1]

Sahaja is used in the following contexts:

Within tantra

The term sahaja is used in tantric verses associated with the Indian masters Saraha, Tilopa, et al.[2] In this context, the term is used to refer to one's innate or true nature.[2]

The Tibetan term (ལྷན་སྐྱེ་ or ལྷན་ཅིག་སྐྱེ་བ་) appears widely in Mahamudra texts.[2]



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