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227 The Zhentong Interpretation ofthe Ratnagotravibhaga The Jonang tradition of zhentong Madhyamaka asserts a truly existing ultimate that is endowed with all buddha qualities and thus not "empty of an own-being" (rang stong), but "empty of other" (gzhan stong) nonexisting adventitious stains. The validity of the common Madhyamaka assertion that "all phenomena are empty of an own-being" is thus restricted to the level of apparent truth. , the imagined, dependent, and perfectnatures)228 allow such a distinction between rangtong and zhentong.
229 In his Ri chos nges don rgya mtsho, Dolpopa defines zhentong in the following way: Since it has been said that the dharmata [or] perfect [nature], which is empty of the imagined and dependent, ultimately exists, the ultimate is well established as being zhentong only. 230 "Ultimate" or "true" existence should not be taken in an ontological sense, 231 however, as becomes dear from the following passage: The dharmakaya is free from mental fabrications throughout beginningless time. Because of recognizing it as being free from mental fabrications, it is truly established.
A kaya of their own). , such a kaya) .... With regard to the [reason] "because of the existence of a potential," tathiigata is nominal, because the [tathagata-nature] is the cause for attaining suchness in the [resultant] state of purity-[is, in other words,] the seeds of knowledge and compassion, the mental imprints of virtue, and [thus only] the cause of a tathagata. The only real [in tathiigata-nature here] is the "nature" of sentient beings (and not that the latter consists of an actual tathagata).
A Direct Path to the Buddha Within: Go Lotsawa's Mahamudra Interpretation of the Ratnagotravibhaga by Klaus-Dieter Mathes