Theg pa chen po rgyud bla ma'i bstan bcos legs par bshad pa
An extensive explanatory commentary on the the Ultimate Continuum by one of the major scholastic voices of the Sakya school. As Bernert states, "Refuting, on one hand, the notion that Buddha-nature is synonymous with mere emptiness, and on the other that the mind is inherently endowed with the Buddha qualities, Rongtön argues for an understanding of Buddha-nature that embraces both aspects of the nature of mind: cognizance and emptiness." (Christian Bernert. Perfect or Perfected? Rongtön on Buddha-Nature, 2018.
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- Cf. Jackson 1988, V.
- Kano (2006, 218) notes that Rongtön probably composed this commentary in the 1380s, around the time he was engaged in the study of Ngog's tradition.
- Unfortunately no commentary by this master is available today. Mathes notes, however, that his RGV commentary has been supplemented by the notes of Karma Trinlepa (1456-1539), inserted as corrections in the text. This text—also unavailable—is mentioned next to Zhönnu Pel's RGV commentary in Kongtrul's presentation of the meditative school of Tsen. From this, Mathes concludes that looking at Zhönnu Pel's commentary would help understand this tradition since no written commentary has surfaced so far. Cf. Mathes 2008, 33.
- Cf. van der Kuijp 1983,43.
Philosophical positions of this text
Sentient beings are endowed with the naturally abiding gotra, but not the dharmakāya.
|Other Titles||~ rgyud bla ma'i bshad pa|
|Text exists in||~ Tibetan|
|Literary Genre||~ Commentaries - 'grel pa|
|Commentary of||~ Ratnagotravibhāga Mahāyānottaratantraśāstra|