Treasury of Precious Qualities: A Commentary on the Root Text of Jigme Lingpa

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This book is a commentary by a contemporary master (1897–1975) on a portion of an ancient Tibetan Buddhist teaching. In the Tibetan tradition, it is common for a meditation master to offer explanations and interpretations in this way, in order to share his understanding with students and to shed light on centuries-old texts that may be difficult for contemporary practitioners to fully understand. Such a commentary is usually read at the end of a comprehensive course of study and is designed for seasoned students ...
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Overview

This book is a commentary by a contemporary master (1897–1975) on a portion of an ancient Tibetan Buddhist teaching. In the Tibetan tradition, it is common for a meditation master to offer explanations and interpretations in this way, in order to share his understanding with students and to shed light on centuries-old texts that may be difficult for contemporary practitioners to fully understand. Such a commentary is usually read at the end of a comprehensive course of study and is designed for seasoned students of Tibetan Buddhism. To make the work more accessible to Western Buddhists, the translators have added detailed notes and appendixes.

In this case, the well-known original text by Jigme Lingpa (1730–1798) presents in elegant verse the entire Buddhist path according to the Nyingma school. Because it is pithy and concise and makes use of elaborate poetic language, a commentary is indispensable.

The root text consists of two main sections devoted, respectively, to the Sutras and the Tantras. The Sutra section, which is the subject of the present volume, covers the ethical, psychological, and philosophical teachings shared by all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. The essential thrust is toward the Mahayana, but the text also addresses questions associated with the Hinayana perspective, such as the fundamental issues of karma and ethics, the four noble truths, and the twelvefold chain of dependent arising.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781570625985
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/25/2001
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.46 (d)

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Longchen Yeshe Dorje, Kangyur Rinpoche (1897–1975), of the monastery of Riwoche in Kham, was a great scholar and tertön. He spent much of his life as a wandering hermit, living in mountain retreats and practicing in various parts of Tibet. He left Tibet in the 1950s and was one of the first Tibetan masters to accept Western disciples.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Foreword
Introduction 1
Prologue 17
Pt. 1 Turning the Mind to the Dharma 25
Ch. 1 The Value of Human Existence 27
Pt. 2 An Incentive for the Practice 33
Ch. 2 Impermanence 35
Pt. 3 The Gradual Path of the Three Kinds of Beings 41
Ch. 3 The Law of Karma 43
Ch. 4 The Sufferings of Samsara 67
Ch. 5 The Preparation: The Four Wheels 97
Ch. 6 The Foundation of the Path: Refuge 123
Ch. 7 Cleansing the Mind by Training in the Four Boundless Attitudes 149
Ch. 8 The Vow of Bodhichitta 157
Ch. 9 The Precepts of Bodhichitta in Aspiration and Action 181
App. 1 Impermanence demonstrated by the formation and destruction of the universe according to Buddhist cosmology 269
App. 2 The Bardo 279
App. 3 The four truths 283
App. 4 The five aggregates 287
App. 5 A Buddha's qualities of realization 297
App. 6 The five paths and the thirty-seven elements leading to enlightenment 301
App. 7 The two truths 307
App. 8 The Madhyamika school 323
App. 9 The twenty-one qualities of Dharmakaya wisdom 341
App. 10 The three doors of perfect liberation 347
Notes 349
Glossary 401
Bibliography 441
Index 447
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