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On Buddha Essence, A Commentary on Ranjung Dorje's Treatise
By: Thrangu Rinpoche

On Buddha Essence

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Author: Thrangu Rinpoche, Ranjung Dorje
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1590302761 / 9781590302767
Publication Date: July 2006

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Product Code: 13989

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A Treatise on Buddha Nature by Rangjung Dorje, the third Karmapa, is one of the Kagyu lineage's oldest and most important texts, belonging to the tradition of the Six Yogas of Naropa. In the nineteenth century Jamgon Kongtrul composed a commentary on it, which Khenchen Thrangu uses as the basis for the teachings in this book.

The subject of this famous treatise is buddha essence, the basic nature of all beings. The term is a translation of the Sanskrit tathagatagarbha, deshek nyingpo (bde-gshegs snying-po) in Tibetan. The Tibetan interprets garbha as "essence" (nying-po), the innermost part of something. Both terms indicate that our very nature is buddhahood - buddha essence is possessed not only by enlightened masters, but by everyone.

The path to awakening buddha essence, or buddha nature, is meditation. The practitioner needs to understand not only how to meditate, but also the reasons for meditation, in order to develop insight. This text contains complete instructions on how to discover buddha essence in ourselves.

On Buddha Essence, A Commentary on Ranjung Dorje's Treatise, Thrangu Rinpoche, Shambhala Publications, Paperback, 2006, 168 Pages, $29.95

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Buddhadharma Book Briefs June 2, 2007
Reviewer: Benjamin Bogen  
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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