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The Nyingpo Tenpa, the ‘Shastra Showing the Essence of the Tathagata’, was composed by the third Karmapa,
Rangjung Dorje (1284–1339), and stands alongside the same author’s Namshe Yeshe as one of the most influential texts
in the Karma Kagyu intellectual tradition. It sets forth the existence of buddha nature within all sentient beings
as the abiding truth of ultimate reality.
‘Clarifying the Thought of Rangjung’ was composed by the great master Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye (1811–1899) and is the most eminent commentarial exposition of theNyingpo Tenpa. This commentary may be considered to have played a very important part in reviving the Zhentong Madhyamaka view and once more disseminating this view amongst the Karma Kagyu Tradition of Buddhism.