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On Buddha Essence
  • Published: 15 February 2013
  • ISBN: 9781590302767
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 200
  • RRP: $52.99

On Buddha Essence



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.

  • Published: 15 February 2013
  • ISBN: 9781590302767
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 200
  • RRP: $52.99

About the author

Khenchen Thrangu

Khenchen Thrangu, born in Tibet in 1933, is one of the foremost teachers of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He travels extensively to teach in North America, Europe, and Asia. He is the former abbot of Rumtek Monastery in India, and currently serves as abbot ofGampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, Canada. He has also established a monastic college in India, two abbeys in Nepal, and a boarding school for Himalayan children in Nepal.

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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

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