On Buddha Essence: A Commentary on Ranjung Dorje's Treatise by Khenchen Thrangu

By Khenchen Thrangu

In accordance with Tibetan Buddhist culture, people' real nature, or buddha essence, is the basis from which all knowledge develops. as a way to notice our buddha essence, the meditator must understand how to meditate competently and needs to competently comprehend the explanations for practising meditation. We additionally want education in how the philosophy and perform come jointly within the improvement of perception.

In this book—with readability, heat, and humor—renowned Tibetan Buddhist meditation grasp Khenchen Thrangu explains buddha essence and the way to find it in ourselves via drawing on a classical textual content of the Kagyu lineage through Rangjung Dorje (the 3rd Karmapa). On Buddha Essence will be of curiosity to practitioners of all colleges of Tibetan Buddhism.

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In the sutras and in the tantras, buddha nature is very important. Realizing that, we should work diligently to purify the obscurations covering our buddha nature. Many people tell me that they are practicing but they don't really know what they are doing. 11 THE BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE TREATISE To understand why one is practicing the Dharma and the result that is to be obtained from practice, it's important to realize that there is buddha nature. We live in samsara, experiencing its pain and suffering, but because of buddha nature, because of buddha essence, which is the foundation for the enlightened qualities, practicing the Dharma will definitely result in attaining awakening or enlightenment.

For the second turning he wrote a collection of works on the methods of logical reasoning that established the Middle Way. The main text of this collection is The Root Wisdom of the Middle Way. For the third turning he wrote a collection of praises, which includes Praise to the Dharmadhatu and Praise to the True Nature. In these he says that all beings have this element and it is due to this element that beings can achieve the goal of enlightenment. He gives the analogy that if gold exists, then we can search for gold and eventually find it; but if gold does not exist, then no matter how much we search, we will not find any.

Relative beginninglessness is the teaching that beings have always wandered in samsara without realizing their true nature and therefore they remain in a state of delusion. There are the teachings on ultimate beginninglessness in the Sutra tradition, from the Middle Way school, and also in the Vajrayana. The meaning in these traditions is the same, but the method of explanation is different. " In this way, one gains understanding through a process of analysis. In the Mahamudra tradition of the Vajrayana, in contrast, one follows what is called placement meditation, relying on direct insight into the actual nature of the mind until this nature is directly understood.

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