The Treasury of Knowledge: Book Six, Parts One and Two
- Snow Lion12/04/2012Pages: 992Size: 6 x 9ISBN: 9781559393898Details
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Jamgön Kongtrul’s encyclopedic Treasury of Knowledge presents a complete account of the major lines of thought and practice that comprise Tibetan Buddhism. Among the ten books that make up this tour de force, Book Six is by far the longest—concisely summarizing the theoretical fields of knowledge to be studied prior to the cultivation of reflection and discriminative awareness.
The first two parts of Book Six, contained in this volume, respectively concern Indo-Tibetan classical learning and Buddhist phenomenology. The former analyzes the traditional subjects of phonology and Sanskrit grammar, logic, fine art, and medicine, along with astrology, poetics, prosody, synonymics, and dramaturgy. The principal non-Buddhist philosophical systems of ancient India are then summarized and contrasted with the hierarchical meditative concentrations and formless absorptions through which the “summit of cyclic existence” can genuinely be attained. 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.Author BioJamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Taye (1813–1900) was a versatile and prolific scholar and one of the most outstanding writers and teachers of his time in Tibet. He was a pivotal figure in eastern Tibet’s nonsectarian movement and made major contributions to education, politics, and medicine.
Gyurme Dorje holds a PhD in Tibetan Literature (SOAS, London) and an MA in Sanskrit with Oriental Studies (Edinburgh). From 1991 to 1996 he held research fellowships at London University, where he worked on the Encyclopaedic Tibetan-English Dictionary. Other titles by the author include The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism: Its Fundamentals and History (Wisdom, 1991), Tibetan Medical Paintings (Serindia, 1992), The Tibet Handbook (Footprint, 1996), and A Handbook of Tibetan Culture (Shambhala, 1994). Forthcoming publications include The Complete Tibetan Book of the Dead.Praise
"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 Rinpoché, author of A Torch Lighting the Way to Freedom
"Jamgön 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." —Ringu Tulku, author of Confusion Arises as WisdomSelected Reader Reviews