KTGR’s Buddha Nature Seminar

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Buddha Nature

A Seminar Taught August 2-5, 2001 in Miami, Florida

Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

Translated by Ari Goldfield

Copyright 2012 by Kagyu Shedrup Chöling. All Rights Reserved.

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Seminar on Buddha Nature

“All sentient beings, without exception, have Buddha Nature…”

What is Buddha Nature? And what is Buddhahood? What is enlightenment? What is the goal to be reached through practicing the teachings of the Buddha? The Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra, one of the “Five Treatises” dictated to Asanga by the Bodhisattva Maitreya, presents definitive teachings that answer these questions through seven Vajra Points: the Buddha, Dharma, Sangha, Element, Enlightenment, Qualities and Activity. The translation of this treatise is found in Buddha Nature, The Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra with Commentary (Snow Lion). It includes Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche’s own annotations.

Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

One of the most accomplished teachers and meditation masters of Tibetan Buddhism living today – often compared to Tibet’s greatest yogi, Milarepa – Khenpo Rinpoche is widely respected for his scholarship in the four major lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. He is the Senior Abbot of the Nalanda Institute of Tibetan Studies in Rumtek, Sikkim (seat of His Holiness the Karmapa), and in the West, he has been one of the principal sources of advanced teachings for students of the Kagyu lineage since 1975.

Khenpo Rinpoche has trained many Western translators through in-depth instruction in key Tibetan texts, establishing the Marpa Institute for Translators in Nepal in 1986. Author of numerous books and articles, including Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness, Rinpoche provided the commentary facilitating the translation of Mahamudra: the Ocean of Wisdom from the Tibetan text, Ngedön Gyamtso.