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.
Sahaja is used in the following contexts:
- sahajātmagraha - innate self-grasping
- sahajakleśāvaraṇa - innate afflictive obstructions
- sahajāvidyā - innate ignorance
- sahajayāna - innate vehicle
- in tantra - innate or true nature (see below)