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Summary of the Series

The Treasury of Precious Instructions or Dam-ngak Rinpoché Dzö by Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Taye, one of Tibet’s greatest Buddhist masters, is a shining jewel of Tibetan literature, presenting essential teachings from the entire spectrum of practice lineages that came from India into Tibet. In its eighteen volumes, Kongtrul brings together some of the most important texts on key topics of Buddhist thought and practice as well as authoring significant new sections of his own.

This 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. 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 (Zhije) & Severance (Chöd) - Two volumes
  • Kalacakra & Orgyen Nyendrup - One volume
  • Mahasiddha Practice and Miscellaneous Teachings - Two volumes
  • The 108 Guidebooks of Jonang (Practices from the Sakya, Kagyu, Kadam, and Nyingma Traditions) - One volume
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Available Books from the Treasury of Precious Instructions

By the end of 2023, nine of the eighteen volumes will be available.  A full description of each volume is on the Treasury's books page and for the complete description in the catalog, linked at the bottom.

$44.95 - Hardcover

Sakya: The Path with Its Result, Part One (Vol. 5)

Translated by Malcolm Smith

The fifth volume of this series, Sakya: The Path with Its Result, is the first of two volumes that present a selection of teachings and practices from the Path with Its Result (Lamdre) practice lineage of the Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. The Sakya lineage derives from Virūpa, Dombhi Heruka, and other Indian masters, or mahāsiddhas, and passes through Gayadhara and his Tibetan disciple Drokmi Lotsāwa Śākya Yeshe (992–1072). The practice tradition centers around the teaching and transmission of the Hevajra Tantra and its subsidiary texts. READ MORE

Sakya II

$39.95 - Hardcover

Sakya: The Path with Its Result, Part Two (Vol. 6)

Translated by Sarah Harding

The sixth volume of this series, and part two of Sakya: The Path with Its Result, completes Kongtrul’s presentation of a selection of texts from the Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. This volume includes the complete teachings and practices of the Eight Ancillary Path Cycles. These eight complete the nine path cycles that begin with Virūpa’s Vajra Verses found in volume five of the series. These path cycles are generally only taught to students who have received the entire Path with Its Result (Lamdre) teaching. They contain oral instructions transmitted to Drokmi Lotsāwa by the early eleventh-century Indian masters—Ācārya Vīravajra, Mahāsiddha Amoghavajra, Pandita Prajñāgupta of Oddiyāna, and Pandita Gayadhara. These cycles provide copious material on the creation and completion stages, which was incorporated later into the Three Tantras literature, the signature Vajrayāna teaching of the Sakya school.  READ MORE

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$49.95 - Hardcover

Marpa Kagyu, Part 1: Methods of Liberation (Vol. 7)

Translated by Elizabeth M. Callahan

The seventh volume of the series, Marpa Kagyu, is the first of four volumes that present a selection of core instructions from the Marpa Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. This lineage is named for the eleventh-century Tibetan Marpa Chokyi Lodrö of Lhodrak who traveled to India to study the sutras and tantras with many scholar-siddhas, the foremost being Naropa and Maitripa. READ MORE

$44.95 - Hardcover

Shangpa Kagyu: The Tradition of Khyungpo Naljor, Part One (Vol. 11)

Translated by Sarah Harding

Volume 11 of the series, Shangpa Kagyu, is the first of two volumes that present a selection of teachings and practices from the Shangpa practice lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. This tradition was established in Tibet by the eleventh-century yogi Khyungpo Naljor, who had received profound esoteric teachings from many great Indian masters, especially the two yoginīs Niguma and Sukhasiddhi, as well as Maitrīpa, Rāhula, and Vajrāsana. He established a monastery in the Shang region of Tibet, from which the lineage derives its name. READ MORE

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$49.95 - Hardcover

Shangpa Kagyu: The Tradition of Khyungpo Naljor, Part Two (Vol. 12)

Translated by Sarah Harding

This is the second of two volumes that present teachings and practices from the Shangpa Kagyu practice lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. This tradition derives from two Indian yoginīs, the dākinīs Niguma and Sukhasiddhi, and their disciple, the eleventh-century Tibetan yogi Khyungpo Naljor Tsultrim Gönpo of the Shang region of Tibet. There are forty texts in this volume, beginning with Jonang Tāranātha’s classic commentary and its supplement expounding the Six Dharmas of Niguma. It includes the definitive collection of the tantric bases of the Shangpa Kagyu—the five principal deities of the new translation (sarma) traditions and the Five-Deity Cakrasamvara practice. The source scriptures, liturgies, supplications, empowerment texts, instructions, and practice manuals were composed by Tangtong Gyalpo, Tāranātha, Jamgön Kongtrul, and others. READ MORE

$39.95 - Hardcover

Zhije: The Pacification of Suffering (Vol. 13)

Translated by Sarah Harding

In this volume, Kongtrul presents a diverse corpus of texts from the Zhije (Pacification) tradition that trace especially to the South Indian master Dampa Sangye (d. 1117), whose teachings are also celebrated in the Chöd (Severance) tradition. READ MORE

$59.95 - Hardcover

Chöd: The Sacred Teachings on Severance (Vol. 14 of the Treasury of Precious Instructions)

Translated by Sarah Harding

In this, the fourteenth volume, Kongtrul compiles the teachings on Severance, or Chöd. It includes some of the tradition’s earliest source scriptures, such as the “grand poem” of Āryadeva, and numerous texts by the tradition’s renowned founder, Machik Lapdrön. 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. READ MORE

$39.95 - Hardcover

Mahasiddha Practice: From Maitrayogin and Other Masters (Vol. 16 of the Treasury of Precious Instructions)

Translated by Padmakara Translation Group

Mahāsiddha Practice, the sixteenth volume, presents a selection of teachings and practices centered on the mahāsiddhas, Indian tantric masters. The mahāsiddha Mitrayogin, whose work forms the majority of this volume, visited Tibet in the late twelfth century. His ritual texts along with instructions are here translated from Tibetan, including sādhanas, empowerments, guru yogas, authorization rituals for protector deities, and detailed compositions on Mahāmudrā practice, or resting in the nature of mind. READ MORE

$39.95 - Hardcover

Jonang: The One Hundred and Eight Teaching Manuals (Vol. 18 of the Treasury of Precious Instructions)

Translated by Gyurme Dorje

In this volume, Kongtrul expands on The One Hundred and Eight Guidebooks, a collection of teaching manuals compiled by the sixteenth-century Tibetan master Kunga Drolchok, adding Indic source texts, Tibetan antecedents, and later interpretations. Though compiled by a Jonangpa abbot and transmitted by the Jonang tradition, these teaching manuals are actually drawn from the Kadam, Sakya, Kagyu, and, to a lesser extent, Nyingma traditions. READ MORE

The Video Series

Treasury Precious Instructions Videos

In 2016, the Tsadra Foundation sponsored a series of talks on the Treasury of Precious Instructions focusing on Kongtrul and the specifics of the Eight Chariots.  Translator and teacher Sarah Harding who has been immersed in this work for decades and has completed several volumes of this work leads the conversations.  Also included are Elizabeth Callahan and Acharya Tenpa Gyaltsen.

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A History of the Treasury of Precious Instructions

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Palpung Monastery in Tibet

The following account of the history of the Treasury of Instructions is an excerpt from Ringu Tulku’s The Ri-me Philosophy of Jamgön Kongtrul the Great.


When they were together at this time, Kongtrul asked Khyentse [Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo] what he thought of their collecting the most important instructions they had received from the eight practice lineages, in order to keep these teachings from fading away. Khyentse Rinpoche replied that he had already written down about twenty volumes of explanations and commentaries, but his writings were unorganized and there were some missing parts, like the empowerments. He told Kongtrul it would be very good for him to do that and that they should call it the Treasury of Instructions. Khyentse listed the order for the contents of the ten volumes of the Treasury of Instructions, and then he gave Kongtrul the transmission of the Red and Black Volumes of the Lamdre, which are Sakya lineage teachings of the Path with Its Result.

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Listen to the Talks

In addition to the videos above, this series of talks on the Eight Chariots, or Practice Lineages, is available for streaming, downloading, or listening to on your podcast app of choice.

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Ringu Tulku on the Treasury of Precious Instructions

The Karchag or Catalog

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"The Catalog of the Treasury Of Precious Instructions is not just a catalog in the usual sense. It also presents vital information about the history, the lineage figures, and the essential teachings of the original eight practice lineages transmitted from India to Tibet. In outlining the instruction manuals, empowerment texts, and practice sadhanas from each of these traditions, the Catalog is a true gateway to understanding, appreciating, and gainfully using Jamgön Kongtrul's vast treasury of the essentials of Tibetan Buddhism. Ably translated by Richard Barron, the Catalog offers a fascinating map of the Indian Vajrayana heritage and its full assimilation by Tibetans

Karl Brunnhölzl, translator and author

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