The Treasury of Knowledge: Book One: Myriad Worlds (Hardcover)
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This is book number 1 in the The Treasury of Knowledge series.
- #2: The Treasury of Knowledge: Books Two, Three, and Four: Buddhism's Journey to Tibet (Hardcover): $54.95
- #3: The Treasury of Knowledge: Book Five: Buddhist Ethics (Hardcover): $54.95
- #5: The Treasury of Knowledge: Book Six, Part Three: Frameworks Of Buddhist Philosophy (Hardcover): $49.45
- #6: The Treasury of Knowledge: Book Six, Part Four: Systems Of Buddhist Tantra (Hardcover): $39.55
- #8: The Treasury of Knowledge: Book Eight, Part Three: The Elements of Tantric Practice (Hardcover): $49.45
- #9: The Treasury of Knowledge: Book Eight, Part Four: Esoteric Instructions (Hardcover): $65.95
- #10: The Treasury of Knowledge: Books Nine and Ten: Journey And Goal (Hardcover): $54.95
In Tibetan religious literature, Jamgön Kongtrül's Treasury of Knowledge in ten books stands out as a unique, encyclopedic masterpiece embodying the entire range of Buddhist teachings as they were preserved in Tibet. In his monumental Treasury of Knowledge, Jamgön Kongtrül presents a complete account of the major lines of thought and practice that comprise Tibetan Buddhism. This first book of The Treasury which serves as a prelude to Kongtrul's survey describes four major cosmological systems found in the Tibetan tradition—those associated with the Hinayana, Mahayana, Kalachakra, and Dzogchen teachings. Each of these cosmologies shows how the world arises from mind, whether through the accumulated results of past actions or from the constant striving of awareness to know itself.
About the Author
Jamgön Kongtrül (18131899) was a versatile and prolific scholar. He has been characterized as a "Tibetan Leonardo" because of his significant contributions to religion, education, medicine, and politics.
"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 Rinpoche
"Jamgön Kongtrül Lodrö Tayé was one of the leading scholars of the nineteenth century. He broke through sectarian constraints and achieved a deep understanding of the the different philosophical approaches in Tibet. I have no doubt that by studying Kongtrul's works readers will be inspired to emulate his great qualities of humility, dedication, patience, and nonsectarianism."—H.H. the Dalai Lama
"In his monumental Treasury of Knowledge, [Jamgön Kongtrül] presents a complete account of the major lines of thought and practice that comprise Tibetan Buddhism. . . . By studying Kongtrül's works, readers will be inspired to emulate his great qualities of humility, dedication, patience, and nonsectarianism."—The Indian International Journal of Buddhist Studies
"This work provides key insights into the construction of mandalas and Buddhist ideas about the phenomenal universe(s), and the introduction offers a wealth of historical background. As such, no one with a serious interest in Tibetan Buddhism or South Asian cosmologies can afford to be without it."—Altar Magazine
"Upon seeing the Treasury of Knowledge, the first Khyentse Rinpoche (a contemporary of Lodrö Thayé) said that it was so inclusive of all knowledge that it did not seem to be composed by a human being but must have been written through the blessing of the dakinis."—Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche