Download e-book for kindle: A Direct Path to the Buddha Within: Go Lotsawa's Mahamudra by Klaus-Dieter Mathes

By Klaus-Dieter Mathes

ISBN-10: 0861715284

ISBN-13: 9780861715282

The significant Indian treatise on Buddha nature is the Ratnagotravibhaga, sometimes called the Uttaratantra, and it truly is this middle textual content that Klaus-Dieter Mathes makes a speciality of during this booklet. Mathes demonstrates how its writer, Gö Lotsawa, ties the lessons on Buddha nature in with mainstream Mahayana inspiration whereas warding off the pitfalls of the zhentong method favourite through the Jonang culture. He additionally evaluates Gö Lotsawa’s place on Buddha nature opposed to the history of interpretations via masters of the Kagyü, Nyingma, and Jonang schools.

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Sajjana taught all five Maitreya works, with Lotsawa Zu VARIOUS TRADITIONS OF INTERPRETING BUDDHA NATURE 33 Gawa Dorje (Lo tsa ba GzLJ. Dga' ba rdo rje) functioning as a translator. 146 Until now only little has been known about Tsen Kawoche's "meditation tradition" of the five Maitreya works. In his Blue Annals, Zhonu Pal informs us that whereas N gog Loden Sherab takes buddha nature to be the inconceivable ultimate, Tsen Kawoche emphasizes it under the aspect of natural luminosity: The followers of the tradition ofTsen (Btsan) maintain that since the luminous nature of mind is the buddha nature, the cause of buddha[hood] is fertile.

But only later doxographers, such as Kongtriil Lodro Taye, identify and classify these different approaches as (1) sutra mahamudra, (2) mantra mahamudra, and (3) essence mahamudra. Surra mahamudra is connected with the Paramitayana but is also in accordance with tantra, and mainly consists of resting the mind in th~ state of nonconceptual wisdom. The method of this approach is hidden in the sutras, wherefore sutra mahamudra is also called the hidden or secret path of the sutras (mdo'i gsang lam).

Sravakayana). Each of these three has again three distinct forms, for adepts with sharp, average, and inferior capacities. Zhonu Pal's point in the abovequoted passage from the Blue Annals is that the practice of Paramitayana among adepts with sharp faculties (not, that is, only the practice ofMantrayana) is referred to as mahamudra. J fia~akirti also uses the term mahamudra as a synonym of prajfiaparamita in the third chapter of the Tattvavatara: Another name for the very great mother prajfiaparamita is mahamudra, for [mahamudra] has the nature of nondual wisdom.

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