By Arya Maitreya, Jamgon Kongtrul, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso, Rosemarie Fuchs
All sentient beings with no exception have buddha nature—the inherent purity and perfection of the brain, untouched by means of altering psychological states. therefore there's neither any cause of conceit in deeming oneself higher than others nor any reason behind self-contempt, taking into account oneself as inferior and not able to arrive enlightenment. This seeing is obscured by way of veils that are detachable and don't contact the inherent purity and perfection of the character of the brain as such. The Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra, one of many 5 Treatises acknowledged to were dictated to Asanga by way of the Bodhisattva Maitreya, provides the Buddha's definitive teachings on how we should always comprehend this flooring of enlightenment and clarifies the character and characteristics of buddhahood.
Jamgön Kongtrül Lodro Thaye (1813–1899), the profoundly realized and discovered grasp who compiled what are referred to as the "Five nice Treasures," wrote the phenomenal observation to the Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra translated the following. known as The Unassailable Lion's Roar, it provides Maitreya's textual content as a historical past for the Mahamudra teachings in a manner that's particularly transparent and straightforward to appreciate.
Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche supplied the annotations and the reasons on which the current translation relies. A popular pupil and hugely complete yogi, he's a dwelling instance of the continuing culture of oral transmission. He first visited the West in 1977 on the request of H.H. the 16th Karmapa.
Rosemarie Fuchs has been a pupil of Khen Rinpoche given that 1978, and this translation was once performed upon his suggestion.
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The abode adhering to [benefit] for oneself is the kaya being [wisdom's] sacred object. The symbolic kaya of sages is the ground of best possible [benefit] for other beings. The first kaya has the qualities of freedom, which are the qualities of power and so on. The second has those of full maturation, which are the marks of a great being. Power is like a vajra against the veil of unknowing. Fearlessness acts like a lion amidst [any] assembly. Like space are the unmixed features of the Tathagata, like a water-moon the two facets of the Muni's teaching.
Impure beings are like the woman bearing [a king] in her womb. Since he is present within her, she has protection. The undefiled element is like [the king] who dwells in her womb. A ruler of the earth dwells in the womb of a woman who has an unpleasant appearance and whose body is dressed in dirty clothes. Nevertheless she has [to abide] in a poorhouse and undergo the experience of direst suffering. Likewise, beings deem themselves unsheltered though a protector resides within their own [minds].
Similarly the fertile seed of the Perfect Buddha, contained within the fruit-skin of the mental poisons of beings, also grows from virtue as its necessary condition, until the [shoot of] Dharma is seen and augmented [towards perfection]. An image of the Victorious One made from precious material lies by the road, wrapped in an evil-smelling tattered rag. Upon seeing this, a god will alert the [passersby] to its presence by the road to cause its retrieval. Likewise, being possessed of unhindered vision [the Buddha] sees the substance of the Sugata wrapped in the multitude of the mental poisons, even in animals, and teaches the means to free it.