Jonang: The One Hundred and Eight Teaching Manuals
This volume, which is not about the Jonang tradition (!), is actually the most essential volume of the entire Treasury. Kongtrul included it but its author is the 16th century adept Jetsun Kunga Drolchok. Kongtrul describes the teachings and transmissions in this volume as “supports for all the foregoing teachings”. In other words this is the wellspring of the content in the previous volumes. It was the inspiration for Jamgön Kongtrul and the essential basis for all the other teachings.
The manuals are in fact mostly Kagyu, Sakya, and Kadam, with a few from the Nyingma tradition as well. It ranges from foundational Buddhist teachings (e.g. Parting from the Four Attachments, lojong, etc.) to the tantric practices from across all the eight “chariots” or traditions that came from India.
So why is the title of this volume called Jonang? Because that’s where Kunga Drolchok wrote them. While he held the monastic seat of Jonang monastery, as these guidebooks make obvious, he was a true Rime figure, studying and deeply practicing the most profound dharma without being hung up on identifying himself as a holder of a particular school.