By Tsering Wangchuk
With its emphasis at the suggestion of buddha-nature, or the last word nature of brain, the Uttaratantra is a classical Buddhist treatise that lays out an early map of the Mahāyāna route to enlightenment. Tsering Wangchuk unravels the background of this significant Indic textual content in Tibet by means of interpreting various Tibetan commentaries and different exegetical texts at the treatise that emerged among the 11th and 15th centuries. those commentaries explored such questions as: Is the buddha-nature educating present in the Uttaratantra actually precise, or does it must be interpreted another way to appreciate its final which means? Does it explicate final fact that's inherently enlightened or final fact that's empty purely of self sustaining lifestyles? Does the treatise train final nature of brain in keeping with the Cittamātra or the Madhyamaka university of Mahāyāna? via concentrating on the varied interpretations that assorted textual groups hired to make experience of the Uttaratantra, Wangchuk offers an important ancient context for the advance of the textual content in Tibet.
Tsering Wangchuk is Assistant Professor and Richard C. Blum Chair in Himalayan experiences on the collage of San Francisco.