Title:The Uttara Tantra: A Treatise on Buddha Nature
Author:Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche
Publisher:Sri Satguru Publications
Remarks:Appendix and Glossary.
Size:146 x 226 mm
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 obscurantist are removed so the Uttara Tantra</i> 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.