Katrin Querl at the 2019 Tathāgatagarbha Symposium
Abstract from the Author
'Jig rten mgon po Rin chen dpal or 'Jig rten gsum mgon (1143-1217) was one of the most influential figures in the intellectual milieu of 12th and 13th century Tibet. Although his teachings that were compiled by his students into the text corpus known as the Single Intention (Dgongs gcig) were highly contested by some of his contemporaries, most famously by Sa skya Paṇḍita Kun dga' rgyal mtshan (1182-1251), on the contrary, other scholars like 'Gos Lo tsā ba gZhon nu dpal (1392-1481) reportedly based their Mahāmudrā hermeneutics and exegesis of the Uttaratantra on his works. Even though there is no independent work on buddha-nature by 'Jig rten gsum mgon, the topic is widely discussed in the Single Intention. Relevant themes include the relation between buddha-nature and emptiness, the qualities that buddha-nature possesses, that it is of virtuous nature and worthy of dedication, and the defense of a single potential (rigs gcig) and a single vehicle (theg pa gcig).Drawing on texts such as the two earliest commentaries on the Single Intention by direct disciples of 'Jig rten gsum mgon and other records of his teachings, this paper provides an overview of this pivotal thinker’s view on buddha-nature. It thus aims to shed further light on the early Mahāmudrā tradition of Tibet, with a particular focus on its meditative approach (sgom lugs) to buddha-nature literature.
About the video
|University of Vienna, Tsadra Foundation
|Tathāgatagarbha Across Asia (19 July 2019, University of Vienna, Austria)
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|Tathāgatagarbha Across Asia
|19 July 2019
|Querl, Katrin. "Preliminary Notes on the Notion of Buddha Nature in the Single Intention." Paper presented at the University of Vienna Symposium, Tathāgatagarbha Across Asia, Vienna, Austria, July 2019. Video, 43:53. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp3GJz3-5DY.