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.
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.
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.