The Treasury of Knowledge: Books Two, Three, and Four: Buddhism's Journey to Tibet

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Jamgön Kongtrül’s ten-volume Treasury of Knowledge is a unique, encyclopedic masterpiece embodying the entire range of Buddhist teachings as they were preserved in Tibet. Tibetan Buddhist teachers expected their students to study Buddhist philosophical texts as well as practice reflection and meditation; present-day students have also realized that awakening has its source in study as well as in reflection and practice. Buddhism’s Journey to Tibet presents Kongtrül's masterful history of Buddhism in India and ...

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Overview

Jamgön Kongtrül’s ten-volume Treasury of Knowledge is a unique, encyclopedic masterpiece embodying the entire range of Buddhist teachings as they were preserved in Tibet. Tibetan Buddhist teachers expected their students to study Buddhist philosophical texts as well as practice reflection and meditation; present-day students have also realized that awakening has its source in study as well as in reflection and practice. Buddhism’s Journey to Tibet presents Kongtrül's masterful history of Buddhism in India and Tibet. Beginning with the appearance of the Buddha in our world (Book Two), it describes the Buddha's life, his enlightenment, and what he taught (Book Three) from a multitude of Buddhist viewpoints. Buddhism's transmission to and preservation in Tibet is the focus of the main part of this volume (Book Four), which describes the scriptural transmissions and lineages of meditation practice as well as the Buddhist arts that together make up the world of Tibetan Buddhism.

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Editorial Reviews

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.
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"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

"A rich, readable synthesis of Buddhist history by the legendary master Jamgön Kongtrül, who illuminates for 'those who have not studied much'—the people, ideas, and storied texts through which Buddhism is transmitted across cultures and generations. Ngawang Zangpo has rendered an outstanding translation of this in-depth, well-rounded, and accessible introduction to 2500 years and more of Buddhists' understandings of themselves."—Anne Carolyn Klein, author of Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse

"Ngawang Zangpo presents Buddhist enthusiasts—practitioners and scholars alike—with a cogent and masterful translation of important sections of the great nineteenth-century Tibetan Buddhist master Jamgön Kongtrül's encyclopedic Five Treasuries. His clear introduction and useful back matter lend important context to Kongtrul's massive work and explain why it is relevant for a wide range of readers interested in the Buddhist teachings."—Sarah Jacoby, Assistant Professor, Northwestern University Department of Religious Studies

"Lama Ngawang has once again brought to us in English key texts by Jamgön Kongtrül Lodrö Tayé, the preeminent yogi scholar and co-founder of the ecumenical movement of nineteenth-century Tibet. Joyfully, this book expands our understanding of the dharma and its gifts passed from one master to the next, each one like beads of gold in a mala."—Lama Palden, Sukhasiddhi Foundation

"An authoritative and surprisingly accessible rendition of a classic core text of Tibetan Buddhism. The Treasury of Knowledge: Buddhism's Journey to Tibet deserves the highest recommendation for personal and library Buddhist Studies shelves."—Library Bookwatch

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.
Cornelia Weishaar-Gunter
Jamgon Kongtrul is considered to be one of the great leaders of the nonsectarian movement in Tibetan Buddhism, and his Treasury of Knowledge is considered to be one of the most important texts for reference and study in Tibetan Buddhism. Many Tibetan teachers have a compact edition of this monumental work in their travel bags in order to consult it again and again for detailed questions of all types, and not infrequently whole chapters serve as the basis for courses.
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559393454
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/16/2010
  • Pages: 696
  • Sales rank: 1,205,659
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jamgön Kongtrül (1813–1899) was a versatile and prolific scholar. He has been characterized as a "Tibetan Leonardo" because of his significant contributions to religion, education, medicine, and politics.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Yangsi Kalu Rinpoche Rinpoche, Yangsi Kalu

Translator's Introduction 1

An Overview of The Treasury of Knowledge 4

Jamgon Kongtrul and the Purpose of The Treasury of Knowledge 9

Kalu Rinpoche and the Purpose of the Translation of The Treasury of Knowledge 18

Paying for the Translation of The Treasury of Knowledge 26

The Treasury in Translation 33

Translating and Reading Buddhism's Journey to Tibet 35

Acknowledgments 38

Book Two The Light of the World 41

1 Our Teacher's Path to Awakening 43

2 The Buddha's Enlightenment 61

3 The Buddha's Twelve Deeds 75

4 Enlightenment's Bodies and Pure Realms 93

Book Three What the Buddha Taught 113

1 What Are the Sacred Teachings? 115

2 Cycles of Scriptural Transmission 145

3 Compilations of the Buddha's Word 167

4 The Origins of the Early Translations' Ancient Tradition 183

Book Four Buddhism Resplendent in the World 197

1 Buddhism in the Land of Exalted Beings 199

2 How Buddhist Monastic Discipline and Scriptural Transmissions Came to Tibet 235

3 The History of Lineages of Meditation Practice in Tibet, the Eight Major Chariots 321

4 A History of Buddhist Culture 377

Appendix 1 The Root Text of Books Two, Three, and Four 437

Appendix 2 The Outline of Books Two, Three, and Four 479

Translator's Postscript: Reflections on Each Chapter 491

Myriad Worlds Revisted 491

Book Two The Light of the World 495

1 Our Teacher's Path to Awakening 495

2 The Buddha's Enlightenment 500

3 The Buddha's Twelve Deeds 509

4 Enlightenment's Bodies and Pure Realms 513

Book Three What the Buddha Taught 519

1 What Are the Sacred Teachings? 519

2 Cycles of Scriptural Transmission 528

3 Compilations of the Buddha's Word 536

4 The Origins of the Early Translations' Ancient Tradition 538

Book Four Buddhism Resplendent in the World 546

1 Buddhism in the Land of Exalted Beings 546

2 How Buddhist Monastic Discipline and Scriptural Transmissions Came to Tibet 551

3 The History of Lineages of Meditation Practice in Tibet, the Eight Major Chariots 577

4 A History of Buddhist Culture 597

Bibliography 605

List of Names 609

List of Names of Nonhuman Beings 633

List of Place Names 639

List of Texts Cited 645

Subject Index 663

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