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Gö Lotsāwa’s Mahāmudrā Interpretation of the Ratnagotravibhāga


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General Remarks      
Delimitation of the Subject and Methods Employed
The Ratnagotravibhāga and Its Vyākhyā  
The Reaction of Mainstream Mahāyāna to the Theory of Buddha Nature       

Part I: The Tibetan Historical Context

1. The Development of Various Traditions of Interpreting Buddha Nature
Ngog Loden Sherab’s Analytical Interpretation of the Ratnagotravibhāga        
Ratnagotravibhāga Commentaries in the Meditation Tradition  
The Mahāmudrā Interpretation of the Ratnagotravibhāga         
The Zhentong Interpretation of the Ratnagotravibhāga  

2. Various Positions Related to Zhönu Pal’s Interpretation 
The Position of the Third Karmapa Rangjung Dorjé       
The Position of Dölpopa Sherab Gyaltsen
The Position of Sabzang Mati Panchen     
The Position of Lodrö Tsungmé     
The Position of Longchen Rabjampa         
The Position of Barawa Gyaltsen Palzang
A Comparison of the Positions        

3. A Short Account of the Most Important
Events in Zhönu Pal’s Life   

Part II: Translation

4. Zhönu Pal’s Ratnagotravibhāgavyākhyā Commentary  
Translator’s Introduction    
Technical Notes        

The Commentary on the Treatise “Mahāyāna-Uttaratantra”: The Mirror Showing Reality Very Clearly

(Introduction and Initial Commentaries) 
The Commentary for Those with Sharp Faculties
The Commentary for Those with Average Faculties        

The Explanation of RGV I.1 
The Explanation of RGV I.2 

The Three Jewels: Buddha, Dharma, and Saṅgha
Buddha Nature and Its Purification through the Three Dharmacakras           
Enlightenment, Buddha Qualities, and Activity    
A Short Explanation of RGV I.3       

Part III. Zhönu Pal’s Views on Buddha Qualities, Emptiness, and Mahāmudrā

5. Buddha Qualities
General Remarks      
Different Views on Buddha Qualities        
The Blossoming of Subtle Qualities
The Examples Used to Illustrate the Growth of the Qualities     
The Ontological Status of the Buddha Qualities   

6. Two Types of Emptiness   

7.  Zhönu Pal’s Mahāmudrā Interpretation of the Ratnagotravibhāga      
The Ratnagotravibhāga as a Basis for Mahāmudrā Instructions
The Three Dharmacakras: Mahāmudrā Hermeneutics   
The Mahāmudrā Approach of Yogic Direct Valid Cognitions      
Sūtra-Based Mahāmudrā Meditation        
The First Mahāmudrā Yoga of One-Pointedness 
The Second Mahāmudrā Yoga of Freedom from
Mental Fabrications 
The Third Mahāmudrā Yoga of One Taste           
The Fourth Mahāmudrā Yoga of Nonmeditation 
The Four Mahāmudrā Yogas and the Ratnagotravibhāga           
Zhönu Pal’s Justification of a Sudden Mahāmudrā Path 
Pairs of Paradoxes   

8. Conclusion  

Table of Tibetan Transliteration    
Subject Index           
Indian Text Index