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A Direct Path to the Buddha Within: Go Lotsawa's Mahamudra by Klaus-Dieter Mathes

By Klaus-Dieter Mathes

The significant Indian treatise on Buddha nature is the Ratnagotravibhaga, sometimes called the Uttaratantra, and it's this center textual content that Klaus-Dieter Mathes specializes in during this booklet. Mathes demonstrates how its writer, Gö Lotsawa, ties the lessons on Buddha nature in with mainstream Mahayana concept whereas fending off the pitfalls of the zhentong procedure favourite by means of the Jonang culture. He additionally evaluates Gö Lotsawa’s place on Buddha nature opposed to the history of interpretations through masters of the Kagyü, Nyingma, and Jonang schools.

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Sentient beings are, however, affected through additional conditions. 145 a Ratnogotravibhaga Commentaries in the Meditation Tradition In the introduction to his Ratnagotravibhiiga commentary, Zhonu Pal informs us that during a visit to Kashmir, Tsen Kawoche, who was a disciple ofDrapa Ngonshe (Grva pa Mngon shes), requested Sajjana to bestow on him the works of the illustrious Maitreya along with special instructions, since he wanted to make these works his "practice [of preparing] for death'' ('chi chos).

It is all the more reasonable since Gampopa had once said to Pagmo Drupa that the Ratnagotravibhaga was the basic text of their mahamudra. " Pagmo Drupa in turn said the same thing to Je Drigungpa (Rje 'Bri gung pa), and for this reason many explanations of the VARIOUS TRADITIONS OF INTERPRETING BUDDHA NATURE 35 Mahiiyiinottaratantrafiistra are found in the works of Je Drigungpa and his disciples. gita) maintains that there is no conventional expression for mahamudra in the piiramita· tradition, and that the wisdom of mahamudra is only the wisdom arisen from initiation.

208 In his Chos 'khor gtan phab, Jigten Sumgon defines a simultaneist as someone who attains enlightenment at the time of the fruit. It is essential that he have already accumulated merit previously; in other words, when on the path, he is still a gradualist. Thus, even Sakyamuni was a gradualist when he generated bodhicitta and traversed the path: [Practitioners] are called simultaneists and gradualists. The [buddha] element in sentient beings makes enlightenment attainable. ~ .. Having generated a mind that is directed toward supreme enlightenment, [the Buddha] traversed [the bodhisattva levels] gradually, [in accordance with] the three dharmacakras.

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