H.E. Zasep Rinpoche: What is Buddha Nature: Tathagatagharba?

The teachings of Mahayana Buddhism say that every sentient being has Buddha Nature, Tathagatagharba.

There are two kinds of Buddha Nature: primordial or natural, and changing, where our ordinary deluded mind transforms into the mind of a Buddha. The analogy of a river has been used to explain this: in one sense, just as a river is always the same river, we all have primordial Buddha Nature; in another sense, just as the water in that river is constantly changing, so can we change our present deluded mind into that of Buddha.

At present, our delusions obscure our Buddha Nature. Dharma practice, which helps us overcome afflictive emotions and develop positive states of mind, enables us to fully realize our Buddha Nature.

  • An Excerpt: Tara in the Palm of Your Hand
  • Used with permission of the author
  • Acharya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche
  • Spiritual Director of Gaden for the West

Info on Book

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Wind Horse Press (January 3, 2013) On Amazon here>>
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0992055407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0992055400
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches

Author Bio

Tara in the Palm of Your Hand, a book by Acharya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche. This feature is an excerpt from the introduction of this book. For more information, visit Amazon>>

The Venerable Acharya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, a highly realized and internationally respected teacher of Gelugpa Buddhism, was born in Tibet in the province of Kham in 1948. He is currently spiritual head for Gaden for the West, with meditation centres in Canada, U.S. and Australia.

Zasep Tulku Rinpoche was recognized as the 13th incarnation of Lama Konchog Tenzin of Zuru Monastery. In 1959, during the Chinese invasion, he escaped from Tibet and continued his education for sixteen years in India under the tutelage of many of the greatest teachers of Mahayana Buddhism. In 1975, Zasep Rinpoche left India to study in Thailand where he joined the monks of a forest monastery. For eighteen months he studied and practiced with them. He then traveled to Australia and translated for Tibetan speaking Lamas for a number of years.

Since 1976 he has taught western Dharma students in Australia, Canada, and the United States and has developed Dharma centres in each of these countries. Rinpoche regularly visits these centres and offers extensive teachings, initiations and retreats which his many students enthusiastically attend. Zasep Rinpoche now resides in Nelson, BC, close to the Gaden for the West retreat centre (Gaden Tashi Choling Retreat).

In 1999, Rinpoche and his students created the Gaden for the West umbrella organization to more effectively support and nourish the study of Gelugpa Tibetan Buddhism in the West. He supports a number of Buddhist projects in Tibet, Mongolia and India through the non-profit society Gaden Relief.

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