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A key text in five chapters associated with Tathāgata-garbha (embryonic Buddha) thought, also known as the Uttara-tantra, comprising verses and a prose commentary which includes substantial quotations from Tathāgata-garbha orientated sūtras. As well as an extant Sanskrit original, versions also exist in Chinese and Tibetan. The text is attributed to a Sthiramati or Sāramati in the earlier Chinese tradition, while the Tibetan tradition considers the verse portion to have been composed by Maitreyanātha and the prose commentary by Asaṇga. Apart from the small group of so-called Tathāgata-garbha sūtras, this work is the cornerstone of the Tathāgata-garbha trend of thought in Mahāyāna Buddhism.

Subjects: Buddhism.

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