Published on January 29, 2014
Saraswati Buddhist Group, January 2013
Tathagata Essence Sutra (plus others) – 3rd turning Commentaries • Texts of Maitreya • Ornament for the Mahayana Sutras • Ornament of Clear Realisations • Sublime Continuum • Commentaries on the Sublime Continuum • The Tathagata Essence – Gyaltsap Dharma Rinchen • The Naturally Abiding Lineage that is the Basis for Mahayana Achievings, according to Sublime Continuum from Jetsün Chökyi Gyaltsen’s Ocean of Sport
1) Buddha 2) Dharma 3) Sangha 4) The Basic Constituent 5) Enlightenment 6) Qualities 7) Enlightened Activity
1) The Three Jewels (Buddha, Dharma & Sangha) + the Basic Element 2) Enlightenment 3) Qualities 4) Enlightened activity 5) The Benefits
(VT 1-3) (Chapter 1) 3 Jewels what you want to achieve (VT 4) (Chapter 1) Buddha Nature substantial cause (VT5-7) (Chapters 2-4) Enlightenment, Qualities & Enlightened Activity cooperative causes
Conditions Main cause Result
Enlightened Activity, Qualities, Enlightenment Buddha Nature Three Jewels
Vs27: Because a perfect Buddha’s body is pervasive, Because suchness is without differentiation, And because a [Buddha] lineage exists, all embodied Are always in possession of a Buddha essence.
Because a perfect Buddha’s body is pervasive,
Because suchness is without differentiation,
And because a [Buddha] lineage exists,
all embodied Are always in possession of a Buddha essence.
Tathagata Essence Sutra: “All embodied beings are constantly endowed with the essence of buddha.”
1.Nature (of the potential) 2.Causes (of its purification) 3.Result (of its purification) 4.Function (of the potential) 5.Possession (of qualities) 6.Categories of manifestation (of the potential in general) 7.Branches 8.All-pervading character 9.Eternally unchangeable 10.Indivisible quality
Outline in Gyaltsab Je Commentary (1) Nature & (2) Cause (3) Result & (4) Function (5) Possession (6) Categories of manifestation (7) Branches (8) All-pervading character (9) Eternally unchangeable (10) Indivisible quality
1.A buddha in a decaying lotus 2.Honey amidst a swarm of bees 3.Grain within its husk 4.Gold covered by filth 5.Precious treasure under the ground 6.The potential of a seed within a fruit, to sprout into a tree 7.A precious buddha statue covered in rags 8.A unborn child who will become a king in a poor woman’s womb 9.A golden buddha statue encased in a clay mould
The Five faults 1.Self Contempt “I can never become enlightened” 2.Pride “I am the best” 3.That faults are part of our true nature 4.Good qualities are not part of our true nature 5.Excessive attachment to oneself – and therefore not developing equanimity, great love and compassion
Hearing that the lineage of the buddha exists in all sentient beings will develop: 1.Joy of wishing to become a buddha 2.Respect others as if they were buddhas 3.Wisdom that knows the faults do not exist by their own natures 4.Wisdom that understands the qualities are innate 5.Great love and compassion
Compiled by Kerry Prest, January 2013 firstname.lastname@example.org Music: k-liv - TARA
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