Treasury of Knowledge

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The All-encompassing Treasury of Knowledge (Tib. ཤེས་བྱ་ཀུན་ཁྱབ་མཛོད་, Sheja Kun La Khyabpé Dzö, Wyl. shes bya kun khyab mdzod or simply Sheja Dzö) — an encyclopedia of Buddhist wisdom and knowledge. One of The Five Great Treasures of Jamgön Kongtrul the Great.

Contents

Tibetan text

Outline

The text has ten sections:

•Book One: Myriad Worlds (Snow Lion, 2003. ISBN 1-55939-188-X)
•Book Two: The Advent of the Buddha (Snow Lion, 2010)
Part One: The Teacher’s Path to Awakening
Part Two: The Buddha’s Enlightenment
Part Three: The Buddha’s Twelve Deeds
Part Four: Enlightenment’s Bodies and Realms
•Book Three: The Buddha’s Doctrine—The Sacred Teachings (Snow Lion, 2010)
Part One: What Are the Sacred Teachings?
Part Two: Cycles of Scriptural Transmission
Part Three: Compilations of the Buddha’s Word
Part Four: Origins of the Original Translations’ Ancient Tradition (Nyingma)
•Book Four: Buddhism’s Spread Throughout the World (Snow Lion, 2010)
Part One: Buddhism’s Spread in India
Part Two: How Buddhist Monastic Discipline and Philosophy Came to Tibet
Part Three: Tibet’s Eight Vehicles of Tantric Meditation Practice
Part Four: The Origins of Buddhist Culture
•Book Five: Buddhist Ethics (Snow Lion, 2003. ISBN 1-55939-191-X)
•Book Six: The Topics for Study
Part One: A Presentation of the Common Fields of Knowledge and Worldly Paths
Part Two: The General Topics of Knowledge in the Hinayana and Mahayana
Part Three: Frameworks of Buddhist Philosophy (Snow Lion, 2007. ISBN 1-55939-277-0)
Part Four: Systems of Buddhist Tantra (Snow Lion, 2005. ISBN 1-55939-210-X)
•Book Seven: The Training in Higher Wisdom
Part One: Gaining Certainty about the Keys to Understanding
Part Two: Gaining Certainty about the Provisional and Definitive Meanings in the Three Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma, the Two Truths and Dependent Arising
Part Three: Gaining Certainty about the View
Part Four: Gaining Certainty about the Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind
•Book Eight: The Training in Higher Meditative Absorption (Samadhi)
Part One, Two: Shamatha and Vipashyana; The Stages of Meditation in the Cause-Based Approaches
Part Three: The Elements of Tantric Practice (Snow Lion, 2008)
Part Four: Esoteric Instructions, A Detailed Presentation of the Process of Meditation in Vajrayana (Snow Lion, 2008. ISBN 1-55939-284-3)
•Book Nine: An Analysis of the Paths and levels to Be Traversed (Journey and Goal, forthcoming Oct. 2010)
Part One: The Paths and Levels in the Cause-Based Dialectical Approach
Part Two: The Levels and Paths in the Vajrayana
Part Three: The Process of Enlightenment
Part Four: The Levels in the Three Yogas
•Book Ten: An Analysis of the Consummate Fruition State (Journey and Goal, forthcoming Oct. 2010)
Part One: The Fruition in the Dialectical Approach
Part Two: The More Common Attainment in the Vajrayana
Part Three: The Fruition in the Vajrayana
Part Four: The Fruition State in the Nyingma School

Translations

  • Jamgön Kongtrul, The Treasury of Knowledge, Book One: Myriad Worlds, translated by the Kalu Rinpoche translation Group (Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2003)
  • Jamgön Kongtrul, The Treasury of Knowledge, Books Two, Three, and Four: Buddhism’s Journey to Tibet, translated and introduced by Ngawang Zangpo (Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2010)
  • Jamgön Kongtrul, The Treasury of Knowledge, Book Five: Buddhist Ethics, translated by the Kalu Rinpoche translation Group (Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2003)
  • Jamgön Kongtrul, The Treasury of Knowledge, Book Six, Part Three: Frameworks of Buddhist Philosophy, translated by Elizabeth Callahan (Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2007)
  • Jamgön Kongtrul, The Treasury of Knowledge, Book Six, Part Four: Systems of Buddhist Tantra, translated by Elio Guarisco and Ingrid McLeod (Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2005)
  • Jamgön Kongtrul, The Treasury of Knowledge, Book Eight, Part Three: The Elements of Tantric Practice, translated by Elio Guarisco and Ingrid McLeod (Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2008)
  • Jamgön Kongtrul, The Treasury of Knowledge, Book Eight, Part Four: Esoteric Instructions, A Detailed Presentation of the Process of Meditation in Vajrayana, translated by Sarah Harding (Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2007)

Further Reading

  • E. Gene Smith, '‘Jam mgon Kong sprul and the Nonsectarian Movement' in Among Tibetan Texts, Wisdom, 2001
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