No abstract given. Here are the first relevant paragraphs:
The different philosophies of the Buddhist tradition are chiefly concerned with the understanding of mind, consciousness, and mental states. In Buddhist literature, the relative nature of mental phenomena are described in a rather detailed manner, but more interestingly certain sections contain significant hints pointing to the so-called true nature of the mind and, in particular, how to access it. One of the terms referring to this true nature of mind is Buddha-nature, describing a quality of potential awakening inherent to the mind of everyone.
In Mipam on Buddha-Nature, Douglas S. Duckworth seeks to illustrate the Tibetan contexts in which this so-called Buddha-nature is variously described, conceptualized, and experienced. In doing so, he draws on approximately twenty-eight different Tibetan texts written by Mi pham ( 'jam mgon mi pham rgya mtsho, 1846–1912) that he quotes; translating and paraphrasing the quotes in order to discuss their purport in relation to a significant number of interpretations of the issue by earlier Tibetan Buddhist authors, all of which are based on the explanations found in the earlier Indian Buddhist literature. However, the main text selected and translated in full is Mi pham’s Bde gshegs snying po’i stong thun chen mo seng ge’i nga ro. Duckworth also cites later masters commenting on Mi pham’s writings, notably Bötrul (Bod sprul mdo sngags bstan pa’i nyi ma, 1898–1959).
His work primarily contributes insight into textual discussions taking place over centuries within the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist tradition and, secondarily, attempts to position the issues discussed within a comparative philosophical dialogue. However, the aim of the book—in the words of its author—is “to provide a holistically-oriented account of Mipham’s view of Buddha-nature” (xvii). Duckworth’s book represents a valuable presentation that seeks to define and summarize the philosophical and ideological views of this significant and influential Tibetan Buddhist master. (Burchardi, Review of Mipam on Buddha-Nature
Burchardi, Anne. Review of Mipam on Buddha-Nature: The Ground of the Nyingma Tradition, by Douglas S. Duckworth. Journal of the American Academy of Religion 77, no. 3 (September 2009): 734–36.
Burchardi, Anne. Review of Mipam on Buddha-Nature: The Ground of the Nyingma Tradition
, by Douglas S. Duckworth. Journal of the American Academy of Religion
77, no. 3 (September 2009): 734–36.; Mipam on Buddha-Nature-Review by Burchardi; Review of Mipam on Buddha-Nature: The Ground of the Nyingma Tradition, by
Douglas S. Duckworth; Mi pham rgya mtsho; The doctrine of buddha-nature in Tibetan Buddhism; Bde gshegs snying po'i stong thun chen mo seng+ge'i nga ro; Anne Burchardi;