On Buddha Essence

On Buddha Essence

A Commentary on Rangjung Dorje's Treatise

By Khenchen Thrangu; Clark Johnson (Editor); Peter Alan Roberts (Translator)

Shambhala Publications, Paperback, 9781590302767, 168pp.

Publication Date: July 11, 2006

Description

According to Tibetan Buddhist tradition, human beings' true nature, or buddha essence, is the foundation from which all wisdom develops. In order to discover our buddha essence, the meditator needs to know how to meditate correctly and must properly understand the reasons for practicing meditation. We also need training in how the philosophy and practice come together in the development of insight.

In this book—with clarity, warmth, and humor—renowned Tibetan Buddhist meditation master Khenchen Thrangu explains buddha essence and how to discover it in ourselves by drawing on a classical text of the Kagyu lineage by Rangjung Dorje (the third Karmapa). On Buddha Essence will be of interest to practitioners of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.



About the Author
Khenchen Thrangu is one of the foremost teachers of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and is the tutor of the Seventeenth Karmapa. He is the former abbot of Rumtek Monastery in India and currently serves as abbot of Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Rob Rains is the author or co-author of 19 books, including Ozzie Smith's autobiographies, Wizard (1988) and Ozzie Smith: The Road to Cooperstown, published by Sports Publishing in 2002 to commemorate Smith's induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He is also the co-author of Jack Buck: That's a Winner!, published by Sports Publishing. A former National League beat writer for USA Today Baseball Weekly, his most recent book is Sports Publishing's 2003 release, Beyond Xs and Os: My Thirty Years in the NFL with Jim Hanifan.

Peter Alan Roberts was born in Wales and lives in Hollywood, California. He earned a BA in Sanskrit and Pali and a DPhil in Tibetan Studies from Oxford University (Harris-Manchester College). For more than thirty years he has been working as an interpreter for lamas and as a translator of Tibetan texts. He specializes in the literature of the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions with a focus on tantric practices, and he is the author of "The Biographies of Rechungpa".


Praise For On Buddha Essence

"This treatise is important for understanding the development of Tibetan Mahamudra teachings in their emphasis on emptiness, the true nature of mind, and the importance of meditation in coming to realize emptiness."—Publishers Weekly

"Khenchen Thrangu's work is distinctive because of the clarity and vividness of his religious thought."—Library Journal

"Thrangu Rinpoche explains the aspects of impermanence, permanence, temporality, and the eternal nature of the three kayas with great clarity and alacrity, showing readers the practical implications of these otherwise rarefied Buddhist concepts."—Venerable Traleg Kyabgon, author of The Essence of Buddhism and Mind at Ease