Written by Ken Holmes


"Maitreya on Buddha Nature"

This is a verse by verse and chapter by chapter commentary on the great mahayana classic the mahayana uttara tantra shastra, the main Buddhist reference on the topic of 'buddha nature' (tathagatagarbha). It is the fruit of over 20 years' research into this text, under the senior tutors of the Kagyu tradition, and of a long experience of teaching it in intensive seminars. It contains a revised version of the verses of Asanga's 'root' text, previously translated by my wife and myself as the 'Changeless Nature'.
Published by Altea Publishing, Forres, Scotland 1999.
ISBN 0 9524555 8 7
345 pages softbound 235 x 155 mm ordering information


This is probably the most easily readable of my books, as it was written for the general public rather than students of Buddhism. It is the story of the discovery and installation of HH the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, who is supreme head of the Kagyu Buddhist tradition, just as the Dalai Lama is, to all intents and purposes, the head of the Gelugpa tradition. There are chapters of background information on the Karmapas and their place in the history of China and Tibet.
Published by Altea Publishing, Scotland, 1996
ISBN 0 9524555 4 4
Softbound 240 x 170 mm. 152 pages, including 16 full pages of colour photos. ordering information