A saint in the Buddhist context — for example, Padmasambhava or a great being like the Buddha himself — is someone who provides an example of the fact that completely ordinary, confused human beings can wake themselves up. They can put themselves together and wake themselves up through an accident of life of one kind or another. The pain, the suffering of all kinds, the misery, and the chaos that are part of life, begins to wake them, shake them. Having been shaken, they begin to question: “Who am I? What am I? How is it that all these things are happening?” Then they go further and realize that there is something in them that is asking those questions, something that is, in fact, intelligent and not exactly confused.
From Crazy Wisdom, page 5.
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