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The Uttara Tantra: A Treatise on Buddha Nature

Geshe Lharampa (Author) Thrangu Rinpoche (Author)

The Uttara Tantra is one of the main texts of the Mahayana path. It establishes that there is Buddha-nature in all sentient beings. It is the presence of this essence which makes it possible for all sentient beings, without a single exception, to eventually achieve enlightenment.

This essence, however, does not simply manifest in ordinary beings because it is covered up by the defilements. The Uttara Tantra goes into detail showing what this essence is and how it is covered up. It also discusses the qualities of a person when all the obscurations are removed so the Uttara Tantra is also a guide to Buddhahood.

Because the understanding of Buddha-nature is essential for the understanding of (he Mahayana path, this text is studies in monastic colleges of all sects in Tibet. however, the root text written by the Maitreya Buddha was written in an extremely terse and subtle language so that the Uttara Tantra is almost always accompanied by a commentary by a lama.

This book provides a translation of the original 406 root verses of he Uttara Tantra as well as a commentary by Thrangu Rinpoche allowing this valuable text to be accessible In Western students. The book also includes and extensive Glossary and Glossary of Tibetan Terms.

Thrangu Rinpoche is well known for taking complex Buddhist subjects and making them understandable and relevant to Western practitioners. He has taught in over 25 countries around the world for the last twenty years.

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About the author

Thrangu Rinpoche

Thrangu Rinpoche has been recognized as one of the foremost teachers of Buddhism alive today. He has had a thorough training in Buddhist studies and has done extensive meditation practice in his native Tibet and then in exile in India. For the last twenty years he has been sharing this knowledge with Buddhist practitioners in the West. He is known for giving very comprehensive presentations and for making difficult subjects clear for the beginner and advanced practitioner a like.

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Title The Uttara Tantra: A Treatise on Buddha Nature
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2001
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170306981
length 220p., 8.8 Inch X 5.5 Inch