Immersive Workshop on Kongtrul's Treasury of Precious Instructions

The workshop preserved here was co-sponsored by the Tsadra Foundation and Shambhala Publications and encompasses 5 sessions with translators and teachers working on Jamgön Kongtrul’s Treasury of Precious InstructionsPlease see our Resource Guide for this collection for the full context.
 

Sessions

 

Note: Session 1 of this workshop was a conversation about translating Buddhism from Tibetan to English with Larry Mermelstein and Sarah Harding. It is not specific to this text so is not included on this page. In other words, Session 2 is the beginning of the weekend focused on this text.

Session 2: The Eight Practice Lineages: An Organizing Principle of Tibetan Buddhism
Sarah Harding

This session introduces and provides an overview of the eight practice traditions of Tibetan Buddhism that form the theoretical basis of the eclectic works of Jamgön Kongtrul, such as The Treasury of Knowledge and The Treasury of Precious Instructions.

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Session 3: The Eight Practice Lineages: Nyingma, Kadampa & Sakya Lamdré
Sarah Harding

This session dives into the specific traditions as presented by Jamgön Kongtrul, starting with the Nyingma, Kadampa, and Sakya Lamdré.

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Session 4: The Eight Practice Lineages: Marpa & Shangpa Kagyu 
Sarah Harding & Elizabeth Callahan

For this session Sarah is joined by Elizabeth Callahan, a teacher and translator of many Buddhist works. Elizabeth recently published The Profound Inner Principles and is currently translating Moonbeams of Mah€mudr€. Sarah and Elizabeth discuss the Marpa, Kagyu, and Shangpa traditions, with which many Westerners are connected.

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Session 5: The Eight Practice Lineages: Zhije & Chöd
Sarah Harding

This session focuses on two connected lineages: the Zhije tradition of Padampa Sangye and Machik Lapdrön’s Chöd. This is an area of Sarah’s expertise, having translated Machik’s Complete Explanation and the volume on Chöd from The Treasury of Precious Instructions, while currently working on the Zhije volume. Here, she presents an overview of some of the most interesting aspects of each.

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Session 6: The Eight Practice Lineages: Kalachakra, Orgyen Nyendrup, and the Hundred Jonang Teachings
Sarah Harding & Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen

For this final session Sarah reviews the final set of traditions included in Jamgön Kongtrul’s Treasury: Kalachakra, Orgyen Nyendrup, and the Hundred Jonang teachings. She is also joined by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, discussing the purpose and overall influence of the eight practice lineages on Buddhism and the relevance of their study for practitioners.

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Presenters

 

Sarah Harding

Sarah Harding is a translator, associate professor at Naropa University, and a lama in the Shangpa Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. She completed the first three-year retreat for Westerners in 1980 under H.E. Kalu Rinpoche and was a teacher and translator at his center in Santa Fe for many years. She also participated in translating The Treasury of Knowledge with Kalu Rinpoche’s International Translation Group in India, and lived for a year in Bhutan working on the Pema Lingpa book for Gangteng Tulku. Having retired from interpreting, she continues to translate Buddhist texts as a Fellow of the Tsadra Foundation.

Previously Published Translations

  • Creation and Completion: Essential Points of Tantric Meditation, by Jamgön Kongtrul
  • Lion’s Gaze: The Special Teaching of the Wise and Glorious Sovereign, by Patrul Rinpoche
  • The Life and Revelations of Pema Lingpa

Completed Projects as a Tsadra Foundation Fellow

Current Projects as a Tsadra Foundation Fellow

  • Pacification Tradition (The Treasury of Instructions: Essential Teachings of the Eight Practice Lineages of the Tibetan Buddhism, Vol. 13), by Jamgön Kongtrul

    Elizabeth M. Callahan

Elizabeth Callahan studied contemplative training and Tibetan studies from 1980 to 1990, which included a three-year retreat at Kagyu Thubten Chöling, New York; has studied with, and interpreted for, Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche from 1985 to present; and studied and interpreted at Nitartha Institute, 1996 to 1999. She has been a Tsadra Foundation Fellow since 2002 and lives in rural New York State.

Previously Published Translations

  • Mahamudra: Ocean of Definitive Meaning, by the Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje

Completed Projects as a Tsadra Foundation Fellow

Current Projects as a Tsadra Foundation Fellow

  • Moonbeams of Mah€mudr€ 

 

Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen

Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen was born in the region of Drakar, Nepal. At a very early age, he began studying dharma texts and meditation. At the age of 13, he entered monastic life. In 1981, Lama Tenpa was enrolled as a member of the first class of the Karma Shri Nalanda Institute at Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim, India, together with Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and Sangay Nyenpa Rinpoche. He completed his studies and received the Acharya degree (Master of Buddhist studies) from the Karma Shri Nalanda Institute and Sampurnand Sanskrit University jointly in March 1991.

After completing his studies, he was appointed as a junior Khenpo (professor) and taught Buddhist philosophy at the Karma Shri Nalanda Institute for two years. Under the guidance of Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, he then entered a 3-year retreat in Pullahari, Nepal, in 1993.

From 1997 to 2004, Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen was the resident teacher at His Holiness the Karmapa’s center Theksum Tashi Chöling in Hamburg, Germany. During this time, he also traveled to various centers in Europe, the U.S., and Asia to teach. In addition, Lama Tenpa has been one of the main teachers at Nitartha Institute in Canada and Europe since 1998.

Since August 2004, Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen has been in the U.S. as a professor of Buddhist studies and Tibetan language at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. He also works with several translators on the translation of Tibetan texts and has begun to train new translators. He is the main teacher at Nalandabodhi Boulder.

 

Resources Guide to The Treasury of Precious Instructions