There are eighteen more on the way. Below you will also find references to a handful of other excellent books not published by us but highly recommended. Books about Jamgon Kongtrul The first two books have the most information about Kongtrul himself. These will be joined in by a definitive biography looking at the life, works, and legacy of this great figure. Alexander Gardner, who is a specialist of Jamgon Kongtrul, provides an intimate glimpse into the life of one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist teachers to have ever lived.
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There are eighteen more on the way. Below you will also find references to a handful of other excellent books not published by us but highly recommended.
Books about Jamgon Kongtrul The first two books have the most information about Kongtrul himself. These will be joined in by a definitive biography looking at the life, works, and legacy of this great figure. Alexander Gardner, who is a specialist of Jamgon Kongtrul, provides an intimate glimpse into the life of one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist teachers to have ever lived.
The next section focuses on the two major Treasuries that are available or are in process. Kongtrul actually wrote or compiled five of them. In Tibetan religious literature, its ten books stand out as a unique, encyclopedic masterpiece embodying the entire range of Buddhist teachings as they were preserved in Tibet.
He wrote the root text in the second month of the Water Dog year , when he did a seven-day retreat on the hearing lineage teachings. However, Kongtrul thought that several texts on the three vows were already available, and that if he had to write something, it should be more comprehensive in scope and helpful for people who had not studied very much. With that in mind, during the breaks between sessions of a one-week retreat, he wrote the root text of the Treasury of Knowledge, a treatise on the three higher trainings of discipline, meditation, and wisdom.
You should place the Treasury of Knowledge at the head of the Five Great Treasuries, and you need to write a commentary on it. The part that was left undone was finished during the warm weather of the following year. Each of these cosmologies shows how the world arises from mind, whether through the accumulated results of past actions or from the constant striving of awareness to know itself.
Book Five: Buddhist Ethics This volume is the fifth book of that work and is considered by many scholars to be its heart. The former analyzes the traditional subjects of phonology and Sanskrit grammar, logic, fine art, and medicine, along with astrology, poetics, prosody, synonymics, and dramaturgy. Part Two examines the phenomenological structures of Abhidharma—the shared inheritance of all Buddhist traditions—from three distinct perspectives, corresponding to the three successive turnings of the doctrinal wheel.
Book Six, Part Three: Frameworks of Buddhist Philosophy This volume, Frameworks of Buddhist Philosophy, is his masterful survey of the broad themes and subtle philosophical points found in more than fifteen hundred years of Buddhist philosophical writings. His syncretic approach, which emphasizes the strengths of each of the systems and incorporates them into a comprehensive picture of philosophical endeavor, is well-suited for scholar-practitioners who seek awakening through the combination of analytical inquiry and meditation.
Book Six, Part Four: Systems of Buddhist Tantra The tantric path is often referred to as the indestructible way of secret mantra, the essence of which is the indestructible union of wisdom the understanding of emptiness and method immutable great bliss. This volume sets forth the various systems that constitute this path, both those of the ancient tantra tradition and of the new tradition. Book Seven elucidates the various keys needed to correctly interpret, understand, and contemplate Buddhist teachings, including the secret teachings of the Vajrayana.
Book Eight, Part Three: The Elements of Tantric Practice The Elements of Tantric Practice sets forth the essential components of the path of highest yoga tantra, a system of meditation that unites wisdom and compassion in its two phases of practice. The first phase, that of creation, relies primarily on the use of the imagination to effect personal transformation. The phase of completion allows the practitioner to perfect the process of transformation by training in methods that manipulate the energies and constituents of the mind and body.
The result of this path is the direct experience of the fundamental nature of mind and phenomena. The Elements of Tantric Practice concerns the meditative processes of the inner system of secret mantra—that of highest yoga tantra—and is based primarily on tantric sources. The author introduces the subject by describing the path of tantra and its underlying principles.
The main body of the book deals with two major elements essential to all highest yoga tantras: the practice of the creation phase and that of the completion phase.
For the first phase, Kongtrul describes the visualization sequences in which ordinary perceptions are transformed into the forms of awakening and explains how these practices purify the stages of cyclic existence—life, death, and rebirth.
The creation phase prepares the practitioner for the techniques of the completion phase, which entail focusing directly on the channels, winds, and vital essences that form the subtle body. Kongtrul presents the key elements of a variety of tantras, including the Guhyasamaja and Yamari, belonging to the class of father tantras and the Kalachakra Hevajra Chakrasamvara Mahamaya Buddhakapala and Tara mother tantras.
All these tantras share a common goal: to make manifest the pristine awareness that is the union of emptiness and bliss. Although originally oral in nature, they have been codified and passed down through specific lineages from teacher to student.
Books Nine and Ten: Journey and Goal Journey and Goal focuses on the spiritual path—the journey and the resultant state of enlightenment to which it leads—the goal. Extensively varied perspectives are offered not only from within the many schools of Buddhism, but also from the different levels of practice and attainment.
This is in fact the most comprehensive treatment of these themes to appear in the English language. The Treasury of Precious Instructions saw the first release in this eighteen-volume work on the eight lineages of accomplishment, one model for the classifications of practice traditions in Tibet. Kongtrul also brings together the most significant texts on the rites of initiation, empowerments for practice, and wide-ranging instructions and guides for the support of practitioners.
Altogether, this quintessential guide to Severance offers vast resources for scholars and practitioners alike to better understand this unique and remarkable tradition—the way of severing the ego through the profound realization of emptiness and compassion. Also Included are lineage charts related to the transmission of Zhlje teachings as well as detailed notes and an orientation to the texts by translator Sarah Harding.
Creation and Completion
Compare all 3 sellers About This Item We aim to show you accurate product information. Manufacturers, suppliers and others provide what you see here, and we have not verified it. Written in the style of the Tibetan songs of realization, the text leads a way along a clear path of meditative self-transformation. This revised and updated edition of "Creation and Completion" includes a commentary by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche. Creation and Completion represents some of the most profound teachings of Jamgon Kongtrul , one of the true spiritual and literary giants of Tibetan history.
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