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Uttara Tantra Shastra

Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra - By Arya Maitreya

Arya Maitreya's Mahayana-Uttaratantra-Shastra is one of the most important teachings on Buddha-nature and enlightenment. It is revered by Buddhist masters as a very special text, one of the five great teachings given by Lord Maitreya to Asanga, and part of the third turning of the wheel of the Dharma.

Within the traditional Buddhist shedras for monastic education, it is often taught as the final text in the curriculum, and many masters say it can be considered a bridge between the sutras and tantra. It provides an important philosophical foundation for understanding the workings of the Buddhist path, particularly for Vajrayana practitioners.

Asanga (Gardri)The Uttara Tantra is one of the main texts of the Mahayana path. It establishes that there is Buddha-nature in all sentient beings. It is the presence of this essence which makes it possible for all sentient beings, without a single exception, to eventually achieve enlightenment.

This essence, however, does not simply manifest in ordinary beings because it is covered up by the defilements. The Uttara Tantra goes into detail showing what this essence is and how it is covered up. It also discusses the qualities of a person when all the obscurations are removed so the Uttara Tantra is also a guide to Buddhahood.

Because the understanding of Buddha-nature is essential for the understanding of the Mahayana path, this text is studied in monastic colleges of all sects in Tibet. However, the root text written by the Maitreya Buddha was written in an extremely terse and subtle language so that the Uttara Tantra is almost always accompanied by a commentary by a lama.

Commentary by Thrangu Rinpoche

Uttara Tantra Shastra - coverThe Uttara Tantra
- A Treatise on Buddha Nature
— A Commentary on The Uttara Tantra Shastra  of Asanga
- by Thrangu Rinpoche

A translation of the root text and a commentary on the Uttara Tantra Shastra  of Maitreya and Asanga - classic text explaining Buddha nature, based on an extensive course given on the Uttara tantra by Thrangu Rinpoche at Samye Ling, Scotland in the late 1970s.

This book follows an oral tradition used by lamas for the last ten centuries. Provides a translation of the original 406 root verses of the Uttara Tantra as well as a commentary by Thrangu Rinpoche allowing this valuable text to be accessible to Western students.

The book also includes an extensive glossary of Tibetan terms.

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  • Comment Link Robert Sunday, 08 December 2019 19:55 posted by Robert

    I occasionally venture here, please accept my thanks for your efforts.

  • Comment Link CAPOROSSI Christophe Thursday, 27 December 2018 17:00 posted by CAPOROSSI Christophe


    I'm looking for a french translation of this treatise.
    Could you kindly have any information of the way i could get it.
    I have listened to the teaching of S.E. Mindrolling Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche in Vajradhara-Ling in may 2018.
    Some studiants of our sangha cannot read english and are interested to follow deeply the teaching of S.E. has recommended.

    Best regards,
    Christophe Caporossi

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