On Buddha Essence: A Commentary on Rangjung Dorje's Treatise

On Buddha Essence: A Commentary on Rangjung Dorje's Treatise

by Khenchen Thrangu
     
 

According to Tibetan Buddhist tradition, human beings' true nature, or buddha essence, is the foundation from which all wisdom develops. In order to discover our buddha essence, the meditator needs to know how to meditate correctly and must properly understand the reasons for practicing meditation. We also need training in how the philosophy and practice come

Overview

According to Tibetan Buddhist tradition, human beings' true nature, or buddha essence, is the foundation from which all wisdom develops. In order to discover our buddha essence, the meditator needs to know how to meditate correctly and must properly understand the reasons for practicing meditation. We also need training in how the philosophy and practice come together in the development of insight.

In this book—with clarity, warmth, and humor—renowned Tibetan Buddhist meditation master Khenchen Thrangu explains buddha essence and how to discover it in ourselves by drawing on a classical text of the Kagyu lineage by Rangjung Dorje (the third Karmapa). On Buddha Essence will be of interest to practitioners of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This treatise is important for understanding the development of Tibetan Mahamudra teachings in their emphasis on emptiness, the true nature of mind, and the importance of meditation in coming to realize emptiness."—Publishers Weekly

"Khenchen Thrangu's work is distinctive because of the clarity and vividness of his religious thought."—Library Journal

"Thrangu Rinpoche explains the aspects of impermanence, permanence, temporality, and the eternal nature of the three kayas with great clarity and alacrity, showing readers the practical implications of these otherwise rarefied Buddhist concepts."—Venerable Traleg Kyabgon, author of The Essence of Buddhism and Mind at Ease

Publishers Weekly
Thrangu, a teacher of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, comments on a 231-line treatise written in the early 14th century by Rangjung Dorje, third in the line of karmapas, spiritual leaders of the Kagyu tradition. This treatise is important for understanding the development of Tibetan Mahamudra teachings, which resemble Zen Buddhism in their emphasis on emptiness, the true nature of mind and the importance of meditation in coming to realize emptiness. To see buddha nature is to be buddha nature, this text says. But that simple proposition is complex, so Thrangu shows Dorje's scholarly elaboration of the concept of buddha nature. It's tough sledding and definitely not for beginners. It helps to be unintimidated by key Sanskrit terms, although a lengthy glossary is in back and ready. The treatise is short and affords a view of the Buddhist scripture and tradition that informs contemporary practice. Reading this dense commentary on a significant Buddhist text compares to reading any other textual commentary, with close attention, interpretation and conceptualizing about the nonconceptual. Some will drink its depth, while others will find it too challenging for their taste. (July 11) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590302767
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
07/11/2006
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"This treatise is important for understanding the development of Tibetan Mahamudra teachings in their emphasis on emptiness, the true nature of mind, and the importance of meditation in coming to realize emptiness."—Publishers Weekly

"Khenchen Thrangu's work is distinctive because of the clarity and vividness of his religious thought."—Library Journal

"Thrangu Rinpoche explains the aspects of impermanence, permanence, temporality, and the eternal nature of the three kayas with great clarity and alacrity, showing readers the practical implications of these otherwise rarefied Buddhist concepts."—Venerable Traleg Kyabgon, author of The Essence of Buddhism and Mind at Ease

Meet the Author

Khenchen Thrangu was born in Tibet in 1933. He has founded numerous monasteries and nunneries, schools for Tibetan children, and medical clinics. He has taught extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States, and is the abbot of Gampo Abbey. He was appointed by the Dalai Lama to be the personal tutor for the Seventeenth Karmapa.

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