A Resource Guide for the Treasury of Precious Instructions
The Treasury of Precious Instructions or Dam-ngak Rinpoché Dzö is one of Jamgön Kongtrul’s Five Treasuries, his major collections of writing. It is considered one of the most important contributions to Tibetan literature and a further statement of Jamgön Kongtrul's non-sectarian values. This Treasury contains the collected transmissions and esoteric instructions of the eight principal practice lineages of Tibetan Buddhism, which trace their lineages back to India. These eight lineages of accomplishment (one model of classifying the practice traditions of Tibet) are encompassed in 18 volumes. This collection was compiled in roughly chronological order as the traditions developed:
• Nyingma - Two Volumes
• Kadampa Tradition - Two Volumes
• Sakya Path & Result - Two Volumes
• Marpa Kagyu - Four Volumes
• Shangpa Kagyu - Two Volumes
• Pacification & Severance - Two Volumes
• Kalacakra & Orgyen Nyendrup - One Volume
• Miscellaneous Teachings - Two Volumes
• Jonang Tradition & Catalog - One Volume
Here is Ringu Tulku discussing the importance of this landmark work:
We are publishing the volumes nonsequentially and releases will spread out over the next few years.
Read a short history about how this Treasury of 18 volumes was conceived and then came about through the sublime collaboration of Jamgön Kongtrul and Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo.
In 2016 Shambhala Publications and the Tsadra Foundation put together a workshop on this text. All sessions were recorded and are available on our website. Full details on all sessions are here. This is an incredible workshop where scholars and translators come together to share their deep knowledge of this work.
Reader's Guide to the Works of Jamgön Kongtrul