Shedra 2009 Teachings on Mipham Rinpoche's commentary on the Uttaratantra Shastra
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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- 1 Study Material
- 2 A word-by-word commentary on the Uttaratantra Shastra
- 3 References
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.
- Please check the Uttaratantra Shastra article for a list of available commentaries.
A good study reference is Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche's commentary on the Uttaratantra Shastra that's available for free download on the Khyentse Foundations's Original Publication download page upon request. While Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche does not strictly follow the commentary we are studying, he promisses: I'm going to use Mipham Rinpoche's commentary, and also hopefully, if I have the capacity to understand and explain it to you, I will extract some of the teachings from the commentary, the Senge Naro or "Lion's Roar", so I guess you will he be hearing a lot of Shentong stuff!
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
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
18.104.22.168 The Nature of each of the Three Jewels
The First Vajra Point: the Buddha
22.214.171.124.1 The Nature of the Buddha, the Ultimate Refuge
126.96.36.199.1.1 By Means of Praise
188.8.131.52.1.2 By Distinguishing his Qualitites
184.108.40.206.1.3 In Form of a Detailed Eplanation that Comprises the above two Points
- Teaching of 06-Jan-2009: The Eight Qualities of the Buddha
Mipham gsung 'bum p.358-361, verses 6-8.
The Second Vajra Point: the Dharma
220.127.116.11.2 The Nature of the Dharma
18.104.22.168.2.1 By Means of Praise
22.214.171.124.2.2 Distinguishing the Qualities Mentioned
126.96.36.199.2.3 Summarizing a the Two Truths
188.8.131.52.2.4 Combining this by an Explanation of Reasoning
- Teaching of 07-Jan-2009: The Qualities of the Dharma
Mipham gsung 'bum p.361-365, verses 9-14.
The Third Vajra Point: the Sangha
184.108.40.206.3 The Nature of the Sangha
220.127.116.11.3.1 By means of praise
18.104.22.168.3.2 Summary in terms of those two qualities
22.214.171.124.3.3 Combining those two in a detailed explanation
126.96.36.199 How the three types of refuges are classified
188.8.131.52.1 Classification into three from the point of view of different needs
184.108.40.206.2 The last two are not the permanent refuge
- Teaching of 08-Jan-2009: The Qualities of the Sangha. The three Types of Refuge.
Mipham gsung 'bum p.365-368, verses 15-20.
220.127.116.11.3 What is Ultimate Refuge
18.104.22.168 A Semantic Explanation
3.2.2 Detailed Explanation of the other four Vajra Points and how they are attained.
22.214.171.124 Explanation as a group
126.96.36.199.1 How the four Points can only be Perceived by the Sublime Ones
188.8.131.52.2 Explaining that they are Inconceivable
184.108.40.206.3 Detailed Explanation of the Reasons
220.127.116.11.4 Classifying them into Causes and Conditions
- Teaching of 09-Jan-2009: The Ultimate Refuge. The last four Vajra Points.
Mipham gsung 'bum p.368-371, verses 15-26.
18.104.22.168 The Essential Nature of each Vajra Point
The Fourth Vajra Point: the Buddha-nature
22.214.171.124.1 The Dharmadhatu, which is to be Realised
- Teaching of 10-Jan-2009: The fourth Vajra Point: Buddha Nature.
Mipham gsung 'bum p.371-373, verse 27.
126.96.36.199.1.1 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.
Mipham gsung 'bum p.373-376, verse 27.
- Teaching of 13-Jan-2009: How the Dharmadhatu pervades everything. (cont.)
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
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.
Mipham gsung 'bum p.379-382, verse 27.
188.8.131.52.1.2 Short Synopsis of how the Dharmadhatu Pervades
184.108.40.206.1.3 Detailed Explanation of the Synopsis
220.127.116.11.1.3.1 The Essence Made Pure by the Cause
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 Teaching Common to both what is to be Purified and what Purifies
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Individual explanations of the nature of each
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.1 The essential nature which is to be purified
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.2 The cause which purifies
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.2.1 How the four obscurations, which are to be abandoned, are abandoned
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.2.2 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).
Mipham gsung 'bum p.382-386, verses 28-33.
- Khenpo Namdrol's explanations on this commentary are available for online download: The Lion's Roar: A Commentary on Sugatagarbha
- Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche: Buddha-Nature. Mahayana-Uttaratantra-Shastra by Arya Maitreya with Commentary by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, Khyentse Foundation, 2007, p.2