Buddha Nature Series
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From the murals of Shechen Monastery. Reproduced with permission of Rabjam Rinpoche.
The following texts are available as part of our series on Buddha Nature (sugatagarbha/tathāgatagarbha):
This short text, which is untitled in the original Tibetan, briefly discusses the Five Treatises of Maitreya, the writings of Asaṅga, and the fact that the buddha nature, or sugatagarbha, is not empty of its own immaculate qualities.
- Adornment to Invincible Maitreya’s Intent: Stages of Meditation on the Instructions of the Ultimate Continuum of the Great Vehicle (Mahāyānottaratantra) by Rongtön Sheja Künrig
This practical synopsis of the Mahāyānottaratantra-śāstra (theg pa chen po rgyud bla ma'i bstan bcos) or Ratnagotravibhāga, Maitreyanātha's classic treatise on buddha nature, was composed in 1447.
Written for a disciple who was about to travel from Sikkim to Tibet, this brief song encapsulates the message of the intermediate and final turnings of the Wheel of Dharma and explains how to practise the indivisibility of emptiness and compassion.
In response to a question from the bodhisattva Ākāśagarbha, the Buddha explains how a bodhisattva should view the mind at the moment of death. It is important, the Buddha says, to cultivate the perception of insubstantiality, great compassion, referencelessness and non-attachment, and not to seek buddhahood anywhere other than in the mind's own wisdom.