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Buddha Nature: The Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra With Commentary [Hardcover]

Arya Maitreya , Jamgon Kongtrul , Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso , Rosemarie Fuchs
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July 31 2000
All sentient beings without exception have buddha nature—the inherent purity and perfection of the mind, untouched by changing mental states. Thus there is neither any reason for conceit in deeming oneself better than others nor any reason for self-contempt, thinking of oneself as inferior and unable to reach enlightenment. This seeing is obscured by veils which are removable and do not touch the inherent purity and perfection of the nature of the mind as such. The Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra, one of the Five Treatises said to have been dictated to Asanga by the Bodhisattva Maitreya, presents the Buddha's definitive teachings on how we should understand this ground of enlightenment and clarifies the nature and qualities of buddhahood.

Jamgön Kongtrül Lodro Thaye (1813–1899), the profoundly learned and realized master who compiled what are known as the "Five Great Treasures," wrote the outstanding commentary to the Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra translated here. Called The Unassailable Lion's Roar, it presents Maitreya's text as a background for the Mahamudra teachings in a way that is especially clear and easy to understand.

Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche provided the annotations and the explanations on which the present translation is based. A renowned scholar and highly accomplished yogi, he is a living example of the ongoing tradition of oral transmission. He first visited the West in 1977 at the request of H.H. the Sixteenth Karmapa.

Rosemarie Fuchs has been a student of Khen Rinpoche since 1978, and this translation was done upon his advice.

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"The most exciting Buddhist publication of the season. . . . It has succeeded where five previous efforts failed: it finally makes it possible for non-Tibetan speakers to study in traditional contemplative fashion one of Buddhism's principal philosophical works. In previous editions the words were translated, but not in a form we could actually practice. Now, thanks to Rosemarie Fuchs and the other learned students of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso, an important mahayana meditation practice is ours to use on the cushion in order to directly realize the teachings on the essence and source of buddhahood."—Shambhala Sun "This seminal text clearly details with great clarity the view which forms the basis for Vajrayana and especially Mahamudra practice. Thus it builds a bridge between the Sutrayana and Vajrayana levels of the Buddha's teaching elaborated here in Jamgon Kongtrul's commentary."—Indian International Journal of Buddhist Studies

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Commentary on a thorny text Jan. 3 2004
Format:Hardcover
Having not read a novel for many years, this reminded me of the "can't put it down" books I used to read years ago.
I defy anyone to read this book and not feel that they wouldn't mind attaining perfect enlightenment. Be of the greatest possible benefit to all beings and do it without effort? - That has to be a state worth being in!! There is a catch though, there is no such state definable by our limited conventional logic.
I had many more questions at the end of this book than I came to it with, but that's one of the beauties of the Dharma - each question leads to the next and the next, until there are no more questions to ask, or indeed any desire to seek answers to anything.
Incredible value for such a profound and well produced book. A word of warning though - this book is in typical Tibetan teaching style, with a lot of repetition (I like to think of it as 'lots of useful revision'). Probably not an introductory text on the topic for someone new to Buddhist philosophy.
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Buddha Nature: The Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra With Commentary is an impressively presented, highly recommended contribution to the rapidly growing library of Buddhist studies literature available to the western reader. Enhanced with exceptional and informative commentary by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, and with additional explanations by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Buddha Nature is one of the finest, most accessible presentations on the basis and process of enlightenment with the Buddhism. A seminal, benchmark publication, no dedicated student of Buddhist enlightenment can omit a careful and reflective reading of Buddha Nature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars buddha nature May 28 2001
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THIS BOOK IS AMAZE, SO SIMPLE AND AT SAME TIME SO PROFOUND??? IT SHOULD BE IN EVERY SERIOUS SEEKERS LIBRARY.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Info Nov. 10 2010
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"The most exciting Buddhist publication of the season is actually one of Snow Lion's more esoteric offerings, Rosemary Fuch's translation of commentaries on the Uttaratantra Shastra by Jamgon Kongtrul and Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso. The exciting thing about this translation is that it has succeeded where five previous efforts failed: it finally makes it possible for non-Tibetan speakers to study in traditional contemplative fashion one of Buddhism's principal philosophical works. In previous editions, the words were translated, but not in a form we could actually practice. Now thanks to Rosemarie Fuchs and the other learned students of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso, an important mahayana meditation practice is ours to use on the cushion in order to directly realize the teachings on the essence and source of buddhahood."--Robin Kornman, Shambhala Sun

The Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra, one of the "Five Treatises" said to have been dictated to Asanga by the Bodhisattva Maitreya, presents the Buddha's definitive teachings on how we should understand this ground of enlightenment and clarifies the nature and qualities of buddhahood. This seminal text clearly details the view which forms the basis for Vajrayana, and especially Mahamudra, practice. Thus it builds a bridge between the Sutrayana and Vajrayana levels of the Buddha's teaching, elaborated here in Jamgon Kongtrul's commentary.

"This seminal text details with great clarity the view which forms the basis for Vajrayana, and especially Mahamudra, practice. Thus it builds a bridge between the Sutrayana and Vajrayana levels of the Buddha's teaching, elaborated here in Jamgon Kongtrul's commentary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Commentary on a thorny text Jan. 3 2004
By Rinchen Choesang - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Having not read a novel for many years, this reminded me of the "can't put it down" books I used to read years ago.
I defy anyone to read this book and not feel that they wouldn't mind attaining perfect enlightenment. Be of the greatest possible benefit to all beings and do it without effort? - That has to be a state worth being in!! There is a catch though, there is no such state definable by our limited conventional logic.
I had many more questions at the end of this book than I came to it with, but that's one of the beauties of the Dharma - each question leads to the next and the next, until there are no more questions to ask, or indeed any desire to seek answers to anything.
Incredible value for such a profound and well produced book. A word of warning though - this book is in typical Tibetan teaching style, with a lot of repetition (I like to think of it as 'lots of useful revision'). Probably not an introductory text on the topic for someone new to Buddhist philosophy.
33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enhanced with exceptional and informative commentary Jan. 11 2001
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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Buddha Nature: The Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra With Commentary is an impressively presented, highly recommended contribution to the rapidly growing library of Buddhist studies literature available to the western reader. Enhanced with exceptional and informative commentary by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, and with additional explanations by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Buddha Nature is one of the finest, most accessible presentations on the basis and process of enlightenment with the Buddhism. A seminal, benchmark publication, no dedicated student of Buddhist enlightenment can omit a careful and reflective reading of Buddha Nature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece of Masterpieces March 16 2013
By James Portocarrero - Published on Amazon.com
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There is a reason why these teachings are the "Uttaratantra" - Highest continuum.. They aren't perceived on the superficial level but the utterly transcendent level.. I find this text and the translations and commentaries to be nothing but absolutely masterful..

This text is quoted frequently by great Mahayana masters and it provides a serene and flawless understanding of concepts like "Tathagatagarbha", "Eternity, Self, Purity" etc.

I love having this book in my collection, I got a cheap used version and I plan to spend a lot of time studying it! Definitely recommended as the "Uttara" or Highest most essence of the Mahayana philosophies!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Maitreya's Teaching Jan. 17 2009
By Michael E. Moriarty - Published on Amazon.com
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This excellent translation provides first the text of the tantra and then extensive commentary. The translation is a little flowery but accessible. The commentary is so flowery that it needs another commentary. That's redudant so it's probably best just to study the tantra itself and be mindful. A search for literal meanings to the metaphors would be fruitless, just let it flow nicely. It's an uplifting teaching.
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read text April 3 2014
By Hotshot1955 - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is so full of profound ideas that each time I read it I see something new.
The commentary then helps to clarify the ideas.
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