Mipam on Buddha-Nature: The Ground of the Nyingma Tradition

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SUNY Press, 24. juuli 2008 - 326 pages
Mipam ( ju mi pham rgya mtsho, 1846 1912) is one of the most prolific thinkers in the history of Tibet and is a key figure in the Nyingma tradition of Buddhism. His works continue to be widely studied in the Tibetan cultural region and beyond. This book provides an in-depth account of Mipam s view, drawing on a wide range of his works and offering several new translations. Douglas S. Duckworth shows how a dialectic of presence and absence permeates Mipam s writings on the Middle Way and Buddha-nature.

Arguably the most important doctrine in Buddhism, Buddha-nature is, for Mipam, equivalent to the true meaning of emptiness; it is the ground of all and the common ground shared by sentient beings and Buddhas. This ground is the foundation of the path and inseparable from the goal of Buddhahood. Duckworth probes deeply into Mipam s writings on Buddha-nature to illuminate its central place in a dynamic Buddhist philosophy.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 BuddhaNature and the Unity of the Two Truths
1
Chapter 2 Middle Way of Prāsaṅgika and Yogācāra
27
Chapter 3 The Present Absence
55
Chapter 4 BuddhaNature and the Ground of the Great Perfection
93
Chapter 5 The Indivisible Ground and Fruition
117
Conclusion
141
Translations of Primary Texts
145
Appendix 2 Notes on the Essential Points of Mipams Exposition of BuddhaNature
181
Notes
191
Bibliography
265
Index
281
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Douglas S. Duckworth is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

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