The Mahamudra teachings taught and precticed in the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism emphasize the esssence of the buddhas present in all beings. Many of the greatest scholars and adepts of the Kagyu tradition have elucidated the importance of this point as the foundation of Mahamudra practice. Among their texts, the Treatise on Buddha Nature by the Third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje (1284-1339) takes pride of place. A translation of this renowned treatise is now available with a detailed commentary by Khenchen Thrangu, senior tutor to the present Karmapa. In On Buddha Essence: A Commentary on Rangjung Dorje's Treatise (Shambhala Publications, 2006), Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche expertly leads the reader through every line of this penetrating examination of the nature of buddhahood, and Peter Alan Roberts does a skillful job of translation the treatise and its modern commentary.
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