Dharmakaya (Skt. dharmakāya; Tib. ཆོས་སྐུ་, chö ku, Wyl. chos sku) — ‘the Absolute or Truth Body’. Upon the attainment of buddhahood, enlightenment manifests at three levels, which are known as the three bodies of the Buddha: the Absolute or Truth Body, or dharmakaya; the Enjoyment Body, or sambhogakaya; and the Emanation Body, or nirmanakaya.
Sogyal Rinpoche writes:
- Absolute nature is the dharmakaya, the ‘empty’, unconditioned truth, into which illusion and ignorance, and any kind of concept, have never entered.
- The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying revised and updated edition (HarperSanFrancisco and London: Rider, 2002), page 347.
- Thinley Norbu, The Small Golden Key (Shambhala Publications, 1999), ‘14. Dharmakāya’.