(Tibetan) Literally, "knowing." The Sanskrit equivilent is vidya. Its opposite is avidya, "unknowing, ignorance." When used as a verb, rigpa means "to be aware, to know." As a noun it means (1) all conscious experiences (knowledge,) , (2) cognizance, (3) the science of , (4) pure awareness itself, the very nature of mind.
"Unknowing (marigpa) is to not know the main substance of mind. Knowing (rigpa) is to see this basic substance of mind." - Padamsambhava, The Cycle of Vital Points
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