Shedra 2009 Teachings on Mipham Rinpoche's commentary on the Uttaratantra Shastra

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Khenpo Dawa Paljor
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Khenpo Dawa Paljor taught the Rigpa Shedra on Mipham Rinpoche's commentary on the Uttaratantra Shastra: A word-by-word commentary on the Uttaratantra Shastra, (Wyl. theg pa chen po rgyud bla ma'i bstan bcos kyi mchan 'grel mi pham zhal lung)

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Study Material

Currently, there is no English translation of Mipham Rinpoche's commentary available. John Canti, who is part of the Padmakara Translation Group, is currently working on a translation of the commentary as a Tsadra Foundation fellow.

The Tibetan is contained in Mipham Rinpoche's collected works (gsung 'bum), Volume pod 4 pa

  • theg pa chen po rgyud bla ma'i bstan bcos kyi mchan 'grel mi pham zhal lung TBRC

A word-by-word commentary on the Uttaratantra Shastra

by Mipham Rinpoche


1. The Meaning of the Title

2. The Homage

3. The Main Part of the Commentary

3.1 A Summary of the Topics of the Main Part

3.1.1 A Synopsis

The Seven Vajra Points

3.1.2 The Scriptural Sources

3.1.3 The Sequence

3.2 A Detailed Explanation of the Topics

Start of the Teachings of 6-Jan. 3.2.1 A Detailed Explanation of the Three Jewels The Nature of each of the Three Jewels

The First Vajra Point: the Buddha The Nature of the Buddha, the Ultimate Refuge By Means of Praise By Distinguishing his Qualitites In Form of a Detailed Eplanation that Comprises the above two Points

  • Teaching of 06-Jan-2009: The Eight Qualities of the Buddha
    online: 20090106PH1030DP.mp3
    Mipham gsung 'bum p.358-361, verses 6-8.

The Second Vajra Point: the Dharma The Nature of the Dharma By Means of Praise Distinguishing the Qualities Mentioned Summarizing a the Two Truths Combining this by an Explanation of Reasoning

  • Teaching of 07-Jan-2009: The Qualities of the Dharma
    online: 20090107PH1030DP.mp3
    Mipham gsung 'bum p.361-365, verses 9-14.

The Third Vajra Point: the Sangha The Nature of the Sangha By means of praise Summary in terms of those two qualities Combining those two in a detailed explanation How the three types of refuges are classified Classification into three from the point of view of different needs The last two are not the permanent refuge

  • Teaching of 08-Jan-2009: The Qualities of the Sangha. The three Types of Refuge.
    online: 20090108PH1030DP.mp3
    Mipham gsung 'bum p.365-368, verses 15-20. What is Ultimate Refuge A Semantic Explanation
3.2.2 Detailed Explanation of the other four Vajra Points and how they are attained. Explanation as a group How the four Points can only be Perceived by the Sublime Ones Explaining that they are Inconceivable Detailed Explanation of the Reasons Classifying them into Causes and Conditions

  • Teaching of 09-Jan-2009: The Ultimate Refuge. The last four Vajra Points.
    online: 20090109PH1030DP.mp3
    Mipham gsung 'bum p.368-371, verses 15-26. The Essential Nature of each Vajra Point

The Fourth Vajra Point: the Buddha-nature The Dharmadhatu, which is to be Realised

  • Teaching of 10-Jan-2009: The fourth Vajra Point: Buddha Nature.
    online: 20090110PH1030DP.mp3
    Mipham gsung 'bum p.371-373, verse 27. How Dharmadhatu Pervades Everything

Note: This chapter is a comment on the three reasons given in verse 27 for the fact that all beings have buddha nature. Mipham Rinpoche's commentary is very closely related to the sengge naro commentary and often entire passages are identical. So it's very well worth comparing with Khen Rinpoche Namdrol's teachings on the Sengge Naro commentary.
The Meaning of the First Line of Verse 27: Because the perfect buddhas’s kaya is all-pervading
  • Teaching of 11-Jan-2009: How the Dharmadhatu pervades everything.
    online: 20090111PH1030DP.mp3
    Mipham gsung 'bum p.373-376, verse 27.
  • Teaching of 13-Jan-2009: How the Dharmadhatu pervades everything. (cont.)
    online: 20090113PH1030DP.mp3
    Mipham gsung 'bum p.376-378, verse 27.
The Meaning of the Second Line of Verse 27: Because Suchness is Indivisible
  • Teaching of 14-Jan-2009: How the Dharmadhatu pervades everything, the second argument
    online: 20090114PH1030DP.mp3
    Mipham gsung 'bum p.378-379, verse 27.
The Meaning of the Third Line of Verse 27: Because They have the Nature
  • Teaching of 15-Jan-2009: How the Dharmadhatu pervades everything. The Third Argument.
    online: 20090115PH1030DP.mp3
    Mipham gsung 'bum p.379-382, verse 27. Short Synopsis of how the Dharmadhatu Pervades Detailed Explanation of the Synopsis The Essence Made Pure by the Cause Teaching Common to both what is to be Purified and what Purifies Individual explanations of the nature of each The essential nature which is to be purified The cause which purifies How the four obscurations, which are to be abandoned, are abandoned How the antidote transforms one into an heir of the buddhas

  • Teaching of 16-Jan-2009: The Third Argument (cont.). The Ten Aspects of the Element (khams).
    online: 20090116PH1030DP.mp3
    Mipham gsung 'bum p.382-386, verses 28-33.
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  1. Khenpo Namdrol's explanations on this commentary are available for online download: The Lion's Roar: A Commentary on Sugatagarbha
  2. Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche: Buddha-Nature. Mahayana-Uttaratantra-Shastra by Arya Maitreya with Commentary by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, Khyentse Foundation, 2007, p.2