The Treasury of Knowledge, Books 9 & 10: Journey and Goal

The Treasury of Knowledge, Books 9 & 10: Journey and Goal

by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye
     
 

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Definitive in its scope, the ten-volume Treasury of Knowledge stands alone as an encyclopedic masterpiece encompassing the entire range of Tibetan Buddhist teachings. Written by Jamgon Kongtrul, whose writings have been embraced by the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, the set is a vast and inclusive treasure trove of material. This volume, Journey and Goal,

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Definitive in its scope, the ten-volume Treasury of Knowledge stands alone as an encyclopedic masterpiece encompassing the entire range of Tibetan Buddhist teachings. Written by Jamgon Kongtrul, whose writings have been embraced by the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, the set is a vast and inclusive treasure trove of material. This volume, Journey and Goal, focuses on the spiritual path— the journey and the resultant state of enlightenment where it leads—the goal. Extensively varied perspectives are offered, not only from the different schools of Buddhism, but also from the varying levels of practice and attainments. In fact, this is the most comprehensive treatment of these themes to appear in the English language, and as with all of the books in The Treasury of Knowledge, is the first translation into a Western language.

Editorial Reviews

Jules B. Levinson
When the opportunity to pore over a systematic and exhaustive study of the grounds and paths on which Buddhist practitioners travel to their various destinations comes along, to seize it unforgivingly may prove transformative in ways that little else can. Richard Barron's translation of this volume makes it possible for an earnest student of the Buddhadharma to look with a steady eye at the extraordinary voyage upon which he or she has embarked.
Dalai Lama
Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye was one of the leading scholars of the nineteenth century. He broke through sectarian constraints and achieved a deep understanding of the the different philosophical approaches in Tibet. I have no doubt that by studying Kongtrul's works readers will be inspired to emulate his great qualities of humility, dedication, patience and nonsectarianism.
H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche
The Treasury of Knowledge excellently presents the entire corpus of the sutra and mantra traditions, from the paths of the common sciences all the way up to the uncommon Great Perfection, or Atiyoga, which is the culmination of the nine vehicles.
Ringu Tulku
Jamgon Kongtrul was a true saint, a great scholar, an exemplary teacher, a renowned physician, a peacemaker, and one of the most prolific writers of Tibet.... The Five Great Treasuries of Kongtrul...enshrine all the wisdom of Tibet.
From the Publisher
"The Treasury of Knowledge excellently presents the entire corpus of the sutra and mantra traditions from the paths of the common sciences all the way up to the uncommon Great Perfection or Atiyoga, which is the culmination of the nine vehicles."—H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche

"Jamgön Kongtrül Lodrö Tayé was one of the leading scholars of the nineteenth century. He broke through sectarian constraints and achieved a deep understanding of the the different philosophical approaches in Tibet. I have no doubt that by studying Kongtrul's works readers will be inspired to emulate his great qualities of humility, dedication, patience, and nonsectarianism."—H.H. the Dalai Lama

"Upon seeing the Treasury of Knowledge, the first Khyentse Rinpoche (a contemporary of Lodrö Thayé) said that it was so inclusive of all knowledge that it did not seem to be composed by a human being but must have been written through the blessing of the dakinis."—Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

"In his monumental Treasury of Knowledge, [Jamgön Kongtrül] presents a complete account of the major lines of thought and practice that comprise Tibetan Buddhism. . . . By studying Kongtrül's works, readers will be inspired to emulate his great qualities of humility, dedication, patience, and nonsectarianism."—The Indian International Journal of Buddhist Studies

"The rooftop of the vast edifice of The Treasury of Knowledge is also one of its most important pieces, showing how the entire Buddhist path hangs together. From the level of a beginner via the lofty realms of the bodhisattva levels and the Vajrayana and Dzogchen journeys, the various routes practitioners can travel on their way to buddhahood are mapped out in a clear and comprehensive manner. This volume provides the long-needed road map for enlightenment that puts the various levels of Buddhist practices into perspective within the larger picture."—Karl Brunnhölzl, author of The Center of the Sunlit Sky and Gone Beyond

"One of Tibet's greatest jewels, the polymath and Rime scholar Jamgön Kongtrül, demonstrated his vast erudition in his ten-book Treasury of Knowledge. Tsadra Foundation and Snow Lion are to be congratulated for their commitment to publishing the entirety of this encyclopedic work. This present volume, Journey and Goal, comprises Books Nine and Ten of the Treasury and provides the English reader with a detailed picture of the journey—spiritual transformations leading to resultant states of enlightened expanse. The translator of this volume, Richard Barron, previously translated Kongtrül's autobiography. Here Mr. Barron gives us a precise and detailed account of Mahayana and Vajrayana approaches to transformation. It is destined to become a classic reference for scholars and practitioners alike."—Professor Steven Goodman, California Institute of Integral Studies

"When the opportunity to pore over a systematic and exhaustive study of the grounds and paths on which Buddhist practitioners travel to their various destinations comes along, to seize it unforgivingly may prove transformative in ways that little else can. Richard Barron's translation of this volume makes it possible for an earnest student of the Buddhadharma to look with a steady eye at the extraordinary voyage upon which he or she has embarked."—Jules B. Levinson, translator of Essential Practice

H.H. the Dalai Lama
Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye was one of the leading scholars of the nineteenth century. He broke through sectarian constraints and achieved a deep understanding of the the different philosophical approaches in Tibet. I have no doubt that by studying Kongtrul's works readers will be inspired to emulate his great qualities of humility, dedication, patience and nonsectarianism.
The Mirror
In making a concerted effort to publish the works of translators and translation groups, Snow Lion Publications is playing an important role in the transmission of Buddhism to the West. Their commitment to publish major works such as this [Kongtrul's Treasury of Knowledge] will ensure that substantial portions of Tibetan Buddhist learning will become accessible to a wider range of Western students and practitioners.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559397414
Publisher:
Snow Lion Publications, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/16/2010
Series:
Treasury of Knowledge Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
708
File size:
5 MB

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From the Publisher
"The Treasury of Knowledge excellently presents the entire corpus of the sutra and mantra traditions from the paths of the common sciences all the way up to the uncommon Great Perfection or Atiyoga, which is the culmination of the nine vehicles."—H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche

"Jamgön Kongtrül Lodrö Tayé was one of the leading scholars of the nineteenth century. He broke through sectarian constraints and achieved a deep understanding of the the different philosophical approaches in Tibet. I have no doubt that by studying Kongtrul's works readers will be inspired to emulate his great qualities of humility, dedication, patience, and nonsectarianism."—H.H. the Dalai Lama

"Upon seeing the Treasury of Knowledge, the first Khyentse Rinpoche (a contemporary of Lodrö Thayé) said that it was so inclusive of all knowledge that it did not seem to be composed by a human being but must have been written through the blessing of the dakinis."—Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

"In his monumental Treasury of Knowledge, [Jamgön Kongtrül] presents a complete account of the major lines of thought and practice that comprise Tibetan Buddhism. . . . By studying Kongtrül's works, readers will be inspired to emulate his great qualities of humility, dedication, patience, and nonsectarianism."—The Indian International Journal of Buddhist Studies

"The rooftop of the vast edifice of The Treasury of Knowledge is also one of its most important pieces, showing how the entire Buddhist path hangs together. From the level of a beginner via the lofty realms of the bodhisattva levels and the Vajrayana and Dzogchen journeys, the various routes practitioners can travel on their way to buddhahood are mapped out in a clear and comprehensive manner. This volume provides the long-needed road map for enlightenment that puts the various levels of Buddhist practices into perspective within the larger picture."—Karl Brunnhölzl, author of The Center of the Sunlit Sky and Gone Beyond

"One of Tibet's greatest jewels, the polymath and Rime scholar Jamgön Kongtrül, demonstrated his vast erudition in his ten-book Treasury of Knowledge. Tsadra Foundation and Snow Lion are to be congratulated for their commitment to publishing the entirety of this encyclopedic work. This present volume, Journey and Goal, comprises Books Nine and Ten of the Treasury and provides the English reader with a detailed picture of the journey—spiritual transformations leading to resultant states of enlightened expanse. The translator of this volume, Richard Barron, previously translated Kongtrül's autobiography. Here Mr. Barron gives us a precise and detailed account of Mahayana and Vajrayana approaches to transformation. It is destined to become a classic reference for scholars and practitioners alike."—Professor Steven Goodman, California Institute of Integral Studies

"When the opportunity to pore over a systematic and exhaustive study of the grounds and paths on which Buddhist practitioners travel to their various destinations comes along, to seize it unforgivingly may prove transformative in ways that little else can. Richard Barron's translation of this volume makes it possible for an earnest student of the Buddhadharma to look with a steady eye at the extraordinary voyage upon which he or she has embarked."—Jules B. Levinson, translator of Essential Practice

The Dalai Lama
Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye was one of the leading scholars of the nineteenth century. He broke through sectarian constraints and achieved a deep understanding of the the different philosophical approaches in Tibet. I have no doubt that by studying Kongtrul's works readers will be inspired to emulate his great qualities of humility, dedication, patience and nonsectarianism.

Meet the Author

Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye (1813-1900), the author of The Treasury of Knowledge, helped to spearhead an ecumenical revival of the Buddhist teachings in Tibet and worked tirelessly to promote a tolerant and open exchange between the different schools of the Tibetan tradition. In addition to writing The Treasury of Knowledge, he was responsible for compiling several enormous collections of texts from all the Buddhist lineages extant in Tibet. In the wake of the destruction of Tibet in more recent times, these collections have proved invaluable in helping to preserve the lineages of these teachings.
Richard Barron (Chokyi Nyima) has been a student of Buddhism for nearly forty years and has studied with masters in all of the schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He has completed a traditional three-year retreat. Since 1987 he has been involved in a long-term project to translate the Seven Treasuries of Longchen Rabjam, four of which have already been published. Journey and Goal is his second book under the auspices of the Tsadra Foundation.

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