A new translation of the primary Indian Buddhist text on buddha nature, with Tibetan commentaries explaining how this text can be used to contemplate and realize one's own buddha nature. Buddha nature ( tath gatagarbha ) is the innate potential in all living beings to become a fully awakened buddha. This book discusses a wide range of topics connected with the tion of buddha nature as presented in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and includes an overview of the s tra sources of the tath gatagarbha teachings and the different ways of explaining the meaning of this term. It includes new translations of the Maitreya treatise Mah y ttaratantra (Ratnagotravibh ga), the primary Indian text on the subject, its Indian commentaries, and two (hitherto untranslated) commentaries from the Tibetan Kagyu tradition. Most important, the translator s introduction investigates in detail the meditative tradition of using the Mah y ttaratantra as a basis for Mah mudr instructions and the Shentong approach. This is supplemented by translations of a number of short Tibetan meditation manuals from the Kadampa, Kagyu, and Jonang schools that use the Mah y ttaratantra as a work to contemplate and realize one s own buddha nature.
KARL BRUNNHOLZL was trained as a physician and presently works as a Tibetan translator and Buddhist teacher. He studied Tibetology, Buddhology, and Sanskrit at Hamburg University and Tibetan language and Buddhist philosophy and practice at the Marpa Institute for Translators in Kathmandu. Currently he works as a translator and interpreter for the Tsadra Foundation, Nalandabodhi, and the Nitartha Institute. In 2009 he was appointed as the first Western khenpo (abbot in the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages) by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.