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  • Part 1 of Buddha-Nature Course Module of the USAT Program, Version 1.0, 04 September 2001

    Copyright 2001 Zuru Ling Tibetan Buddhist Centre, Vancouver, BC Canada. All rights reserved

    Acknowledgments

    Cover image of Maitreya Buddha courtesy of Osel Shen Phen Lings web site atwww.fpmt-osel.org. Image was created by Bob Jacobson, 1996.

    Acknowledgement is made of the glossary items obtained at http://www.rinpoche.com/glossary.htm.

    We give thanks to Maitreya Buddha and all Enlightened beings.We give thanks to Arya Asanga and all great bodhisattvas.We give thanks to Lama Zasep Tulku Rinpoche and all accomplished spiritual guides.

    We offer our sincere appreciation to Deborah Simpson and MaryJane Nehring, co-founders ofGaden Rime Zong Ling (1982).

    Special appreciation to George Tilser, for his masterful audio-taping of the original teachings.Special appreciation to each transcriber, who worker on each tape for about 6 hours.Special appreciation to USAT program director, Cyndy Roomy.Special appreciation to all involved in the USAT program in any capacity.

    And finally, (although Rick will try to edit this one out, no doubt!), a very special appreciation weshould offer to Rick Rova, who has devoted literally hundreds of hours and his considerabletechnical expertise to get the project into its current state-of the-art format.

    Any and every mistake or error of judgement is entirely the responsibility of the editors.Your forbearance is appreciated!

    May every living being recognize and fully develop their potential to become perfectly EnlightenedBuddhas as quickly as possible.

    The USAT Buddha-nature course directors

    Vancouver, BC, Canada2001 September 4

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  • Buddha-NatureThe Mahayana Uttara Tantra Shastra

    Maitreyas Root Text &Asangas Commentary

    Commentary by13th Zasep Tulku Rinpoche

    Given during retreat atLake Cowichan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

    from May 10-17, 1985

    Based on translation by E. ObermillerChapter 1, On the Essence of Buddhahood, Verses 1-165

    1st Four Vajra Topics

    Hosted by Zuru Ling (formerly Gaden Rim Zong Ling) Dharma Centre

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    Table of Contents

    INTRODUCTION TO THE USAT STUDY PROGRAM AND THE BUDDHA-NATURE TEACHINGS: .......... III

    CLASS 1. [MUTS01/00:00] ................................................................................................................................................1

    (#1) ..............................................................................................................................................................................1VERSE 1: THE CONTENTS OF THE WORK ..........................................................................................................................9VERSE 2: THE SEVEN SUBJECTS ACCORDING TO THE DHARANISVARA-RAJA-PARIPRCCHA................................................10

    CLASS 2: [MUTS01/41:20]..............................................................................................................................................11

    VERSE 3: THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE SEVEN SUBJECTS ........................................................................................11(#2) ............................................................................................................................................................................12

    THE JEWEL OF THE BUDDHA...........................................................................................................................................17VERSE 4. .........................................................................................................................................................................17VERSE 5. .........................................................................................................................................................................17VERSE 6. .........................................................................................................................................................................17VERSE 7. .........................................................................................................................................................................17VERSE 8. .........................................................................................................................................................................17

    (#3) ............................................................................................................................................................................24

    CLASS 3 [MUTS03/0:00] .................................................................................................................................................25

    CLASS 4: [MUTS03/41:50]..............................................................................................................................................39

    (#4) ............................................................................................................................................................................39

    CLASS 5. [MUTS04/34:55] ..............................................................................................................................................51

    THE JEWEL OF THE DOCTRINE ........................................................................................................................................51VERSE 9. .........................................................................................................................................................................51

    (#5) ............................................................................................................................................................................53VERSE 10. .......................................................................................................................................................................55

    CLASS 6. [MUTS05/24:50] ..............................................................................................................................................59

    (#6) ............................................................................................................................................................................64

    CLASS 6 OPTIONAL: MAHAYANA PRECEPTS [MUTS06/08:00].........................................................................67

    CLASS 6 OPTIONAL: MINDFULNESS OF BREATHING MEDITATION [MUTS06/37:00 TO 38:45] .............72

    CLASS 7. [MUTS06/38:53] ..............................................................................................................................................73

    VERSE 11. .......................................................................................................................................................................73VERSE 12. .......................................................................................................................................................................74

    (#7) ............................................................................................................................................................................74VERSE 13. .......................................................................................................................................................................75THE JEWEL OF THE CONGREGATION: .............................................................................................................................75VERSE 14. .......................................................................................................................................................................79VERSE 15. THE SAINTS KNOWLEDGE OF THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH .................................................................................80VERSE 16. THE EMPIRICAL KNOWLEDGE OF THE SAINTS ..............................................................................................81

    CLASS 8. [MUTS07/28:25] ..............................................................................................................................................83

    (#8) ............................................................................................................................................................................87VERSE 17. THE PERCEPTION OF THE SAINTS IS INTROSPECTIVE KNOWLEDGE...............................................................88VERSE 18. .......................................................................................................................................................................89

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    CLASS 9. [MUTS08/25:30] ............................................................................................................................................. 95

    VERSE 19. ...................................................................................................................................................................... 95THE DOCTRINE AND THE CONGREGATION ARE NOT REFUGES IN THE ULTIMATE SENSE............................................. 97VERSE 20. ...................................................................................................................................................................... 97

    (#9) ......................................................................................................................................................................... 102

    CLASS 10. [MUTS09/13:30] ......................................................................................................................................... 107

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