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Autobiography of Jamgon Kongtrul
Autobiography of Jamgon Kongtrul: A Gem of Many Colors
By: Jamgon Kongtrul
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This much-awaited first English translation of Jamgon Kongtrul's autobiography is refreshingly real. In addition to its inspirational value, kongtrul's story is a rich source of information on the religion, culture, and political climate of Tibet during his times.
Treasury of Kagyu Tantras
Bka' brgyud sngags mdzod: A collection of Sadhanas and empowerments of the mar pa bka' brgyud pa tradition, 11 vols (Tibetan Only) (Pecha Format)
By Jamgon Kongtrul
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Bka' brgyud sngags mdzod: A collection of Sadhanas and empowerments of the mar pa bka' brgyud pa tradition, 11 volumes, Pecha Format, (Tibetan Only)

བཀའ་བརྒྱད་སྔགས་མཛོད།
brtag gnyis spyi don dang tshig 'grel gzhom med rdo rje'i gsang ba 'byed pa (A word to word commentary on the Hevajra Tantra, Tibetan Only)
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A word to word commentary on the Hevajra Tantra, by Jamgon Kontrul

brtag gnyis spyi don dang tshig 'grel gzhol med rdo rje'i gsang ba 'byed pa

Tibetan pecha format, 657 Pages

བརྟག་གཉིས་སྤྱི་དོན་དང་ཚིག་འགྲེལ་གཞོལ་མེད་རྡོ་རྗེའི་གསང་འབྱེད་པ་།
Buddha Nature
Buddha Nature: The Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra with Com.
By: Maitreya, Jamgon Kongtrul, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso
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All sentient beings, without exception, have buddha nature, the inherent purity and perfection of the mind, untouched by changing mental states. The Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra, one of the "Five Treatises" said to have been dictated to Asanga by the Bodhisattva Maitreya, presents the Buddha's definitive teachings on how we should understand this ground of enlightenment and clarifies the nature and qualities of buddhahood. This seminal text details with great clarity the view which forms the basis for Vajrayana, and especially Mahamudra, practice. Thus it builds a bridge between the Sutrayana and Vajrayana levels of the Buddha's teaching, elaborated here in Jamgon Kongtrul's commentary.
Chod Practice Manual and Commentary by the Fourteenth Karmapa Thekchok Dorje and Jamgon Kongtrul Lodo Taye
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This splendid resource for Chod practitioners contains the Chod sadhana written by the Fourteenth Karmapa. This daily practice text is given in three versions: Tibetan, a phonetic rendering of the Tibetan, and English translation. Jamgon Kongtrul's commentary on the sadhana supplies necessary amplification and clarification of the sadhana; it is given both in English and Tibetan. An important feature of the commentary is the inclusion of illustrations for the different stages of visualization discussed within the commentary. All in all, this is an essential practice tool and reference guide for the serious Chod practitioner.
Cloudless Sky; The Mahamudra Path of the Tibetan Buddhist Kagyu School
By: Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye
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Opens the way to a deeper knowledge of mahamudra, a Buddhist system of meditation on the nature of the mind. The author provides a detailed commentary on the Vajra Song of the first Jamgon Kongtrul (1813-1899), elucidating the stages of ground, path, and fruition for those who wish to meditate according to this system.
Creation and Completion
Creation and Completion
By Jamgon Kongtrul & Thrangu Rinpoche
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Creation and Completion is a unique guide to the practice of Tibetan Buddhist tantra. Drawing on experiential explanations from two great masters, it is both concise and thorough, both authoritative and clear. In the creation stage of tantra, practitioners visualize themselves in the form of buddhas and other enlightened beings. This meditation practice prepares the mind for engaging in the completion stage, where one comes face to face with the ultimate nature of mind and reality.
Creative Vision and Inner Reality <br> By: Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye
Creative Vision and Inner Reality
By: Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye
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Written in verse by the amazing nineteenth century realized master and profound scholar Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye at the age of twenty-seven, this book offers advice based on his own experiential understanding of these two basic methods of Tibetan Buddhist tantric meditation.

Enthronement The Recognition of the Reincarnate Masters of Tibet and the Himalayas
By: Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye
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Even the most casual contact with the culture, politics, or religion of Tibet brings outsiders face-to-face with the institution of reincarnate spiritual masters. Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye (1813-99) was one of the most outstanding writers and teachers of his time. He is especially known for his monumental Encyclopedia of Buddhism. Ngawang Zangpo (Hugh Leslie Thompson) completed two three-year retreats under the direction of the late Kalu Rinpoche. He contributes to the work of Kalu Rinpoche's translation committee in Sonada, India.
Essence of Benefit and Joy
By: Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye
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"The most beneficial of all composite roots of virtue is the protection and ransoming of the lives of sentient beings. A variety of that is saving the lives of livestock, which frees those animals from present danger to their lives. Through the blessing their being offered to the three jewels, and of their hearing names and dharanis, they will be ultimately freed from inferior births. Through the power of that, and as the result concordant with the cause, the practioners themselves will undoubtly receive benefits, such as an increased lifespan. "
Great Path of Awakening
By: Jamgon Kongtrul
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This theme is the focus of The Seven Points of Mind Training as taught by Chekawa Yeshe Dorje, a twelfth century master of the Kadampa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. The Great Path of Awakening is a new translation of this basic teaching with the illuminating commentary of Jamgon Kongtrul, a great nineteenth-century scholar. Kongtrul provides clear and concise instructions for practicing the techniques of mind training, with an emphasis on meeting the ordinary situations of life, employing intelligence and compassion under all circumstances.
Instructions for Practising the View of Other Emptiness: A Text of Oral Instructions by Jamgon Kongtrul,
Instructions for Practising the View of Other Emptiness: A Text of Oral Instructions by Jamgon Kongtrul, translated by Tony Duff
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This is the translation of a text written by Jamgon Kongtrul Yontan Gyatso after receiving the teachings of the Jonang lineage from the Jonang throne-holder of his time. It is a manual on how to actually practice Other Emptiness, and puts to rest once and for all the idea which has developed that Other Emptiness is merely a difficult philosophy. Thrangu Rinpoche asked me to translate it many years ago because it is one of the few texts available that actually shows the practice of Other Emptiness.
Jamgon Kongtrul's Retreat Manual
By: Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye
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This translation will allow the reader a unique and unlimited view inside the secluded walls of one of Tibet's most influential meditation training centers. The Kagyu and Nyingma tradition of Himalayan tantric Buddhism require a long period of intensive training in meditation--a three-year, three-month retreat--before a practitioner is considered to be a qualified teacher. Jamgon Kongtrul's Retreat Manual was written in the mid-nineteenth century for those who wish to embark on this rigorous training. It guides them in preparing for retreat, provides full details of the program of meditation and offers advice for their re-entry into the world.
King of Samadhi
King of Samadhi: Commentaries on the Samadhi Raja Sutra and the Song of Lodro Thaye
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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King of Samadhi
Commentaries on The Samadhi Raja Sutra & The Song of Lodro Thaye
The Samadhi Raja Sutra forms the perfect link between the Mahayana training of a bodhisattva and the profound tradition of Buddhist meditation practice known as Mahamudra..
Life of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo
Life of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo
By: Jamgon Kongtrul
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Light of Wisdom Vol 1
Light of Wisdom Vol 1
By: Padmasambhava / Jamgon Kongtrul
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Volume 1 presents in depth explanations of the Vajrayana Buddhist Perspective. It begins with the nature of the ground, the buddha nature present in all beings, continues with the teachings that are common to all vehicles, concludes with the Mahayana and the link to Vajrayana.
Light of Wisdom Vol 2
Light of Wisdom Vol 2
By: Padmasambhava / Jamgon Kongtrul
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Volume II presents in-depth explanations of the Vajrayana Buddhist perspective. It begins with the nature of empowerment and the tantric commitments followed by clarification of the development stage.
Light of Wisdom Vol 3: The Conclusion
Light of Wisdom Vol 3: The Conclusion
By: Padmasambhava / Jamgon Kongtrul
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The role of a Vajra Master in a student's spiritual development to clear away hindrances on the path and enhance self-realization forms the core of this final volume in the Light of Wisdom series.

Light of Wisdom, Vol 4, Restricted
By: Padmasambhava / Jamgon Kongtrul
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The Light of Wisdom Vol. IV contains the root terma - hidden treasure text - of Padmasambhava, The Gradual Path of the Wisdom Essence and its commentary The Light of Wisdom by Jamgon Kongtrul the Great. Annotations on the commentary Entering the Path of Wisdom spoken by Jamyang Drakpa and recorded by Jokyab Rinpoche are included as well as clarifications from other masters.
Practice of Tranquility and Insight
Practice of Tranquillity and Insight
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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This is a practical guide to the two types of meditation that form the core of Buddhist spiritual practice. Tranquillity (samatha} meditation aims at stilling the mind, while insight (vipasyana) meditation produces "clear vision," or insight into the nature of all phenomena.
The Profound Inner Principles Karmapa
Profound Inner Principles
By: The Third Karmapa
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With Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye'sCommentary Illuminating "The Profound Principles" , translated by Elizabeth M. Callahan
The Profound Inner Principles delineates the principles and foundations of Vajrayāna practice. Rangjung Dorje presents the nature of things mental and physical and looks at the cause of delusion, what delusion creates, and how delusion is corrected.
Ri-me Philosophy of Jamgon Kongtrul the Great
Ri-me Philosophy of Jamgon Kongtrul the Great : A Study of the Buddhist Lineages of Tibet
By: Ringu Tulku
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This compelling study of the Ri-me movement and of the major Buddhist lineages of Tibet is comprehensive and accessible. It includes an introduction to the history and philosophy of the Ri-me movement; a biography of the movement's leader, the meditation master and philosopher known as Jamgon Kongtrul the Great; helpful summaries of the eight lineages' practice-and-study systems, which point out the different emphases of the schools; an explanation of the most hotly disputed concepts; and an overview of the old and new tantras.

Sacred Ground
Sacred Ground: Jamgon Kongtrul on Pilgrimage and Sacred Geography
By: Jamgon Kongtrul, Ngawang Zangpo, tr.
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"Sacred Ground" describes two journeys: a journey outward to specific pilgrimage places in Eastern Tibet; and a journey inward, to the sacred world of tantra, accessible through contemplation and meditation. It sheds light on Himalayan Buddhists' concepts of sacred land, places of pilgrimage in tantric Buddhism, and how pilgrimage is undertaken. It enhances our appreciation of the world and its sacred aspect everywhere - first and foremost, wherever we sit now.

Spiritual Song of Lodro Thaye
Thrangu Rinpoche
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The Kagyu lineage is commonly known as the practice lineage, as it is practice above all else that is emphasized. However, practice can only proceed correctly if one has a correct understanding of the view. The path and view of the Kagyu lineage is Mahamudra, which is the very essence and pith of all the teachings of Lord Buddha.
Texts on Mahamudra were often written by highly accomplished siddhas who would explain their realization of years and years of Mahamudra meditation in brief spiritual songs called dohas. These dohas, often only a few dozen lines long, are still sung by lamas today. They often contain the most profound instructions in metaphors of great beauty derived from simple meditative experience.
Teacher - Student Relationship
By: Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye
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This essential text clearly lays out what credentials and qualities every student should look for in a wisdom teacher, why a wisdom teacher is necessary and how the relationship between this teacher and disciple be develops once it is established. With chapters such as How to Seek the Wisdom Teacher, Why a Wisdom Teacher Is Necessary, Categories and Quali of the Master, and How to Choose a Wisdom Teacher, this authoritative work places into the hands of every student all he or she needs to know to undertake the most fundamental and important step on the path: finding a qualified wisdom teacher.
Timeless Rapture
Timeless Rapture: Inspired Verse of the Shangpa Masters
By: Jamgon Kongtrul / Ngawang Zangpo tr.
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Boundless awe and rapture are experiences reported again and again by accomplished masters. These qualities of mind are characteristic of the shift from busy, limited consciousness to effortless, panoramic awareness - a shift said to endure after realization on the Buddhist path to awakening. Throughout Buddhist history, awakened ones have celebrated this innate and timeless rapture with inspired verse, sung extemporaneously.
Torch of Certainty
By: Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye
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This is the definitive text for beginning or advanced ngondro practitioners. The text describes the Four Foundation Practices that all practitioners of Vajrayana Buddhism must complete. The nature of impermanence, the effects of karma, the development of an enlightened attitude, and devotion to the guru are among the subjects covered. Practical instructions are given and explanations.
Transcending Ego
Transcending Ego: Distinguishing Consciousness from Wisdom
By:Thrangu Rinpoche
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Transcending Ego: Distinguishing Conciousness from Wisdom.
A Treatise of the Third Karmapa
Distingushing Conciousness from Wisdom is a translation of the root verses of the Third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje, accompanied by a line-by-line commentary by Thrangu Rinpoche, the foremost scholar of this tradition.
Rinpoche with his vast experience in meditation explains how the eight consciuosnesses function and how they are transformed into the five wisdoms at enlightenment.
Treasury of Knowledge, Book 1: Myriad Worlds
By: Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye
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Buddhist Cosmology in Abhidarma, Kalachakra and Dzog-chen
Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye ( 1813-99), a pivotal figure in eastem Tibet's nonsectarian movement, was one of the most outstanding writers and teachers of his time. In his monumental Encyclopedia of Buddhism he presents a complete account of the major lines of thought and practice that comprise Tibetan Buddhism. Myriad Worlds is the first part of that work.
As a prelude to Kongtrul's survey of the entire range of Buddhist teachings, Myriad Worlds describes four major cosmological systems found in the Tibetan tradition - those associated with the Hinayana, Mahayana, Kalacakra and Dzog-chen teachings. To suit the capacities of different grades of beings, Buddha taught four levels of cosmology: the numerically definite cosmology of the individual way; the cosmology of infinite buddhafields of the universal way; the special cosmological system of the Kalacakra Tantra; and the dazzling non-cosmology of the Dzog-chen system, which dispenses with the dualistic perspectives revealing the creative principle to be awareness alone.
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.
This detailed and thorough account of worldviews that present conceptions of space and time which differ significantly from Western ideas is at once illuminating and challenging
Treasury of Knowledge, Book 5: Buddhist Ethics
By: Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye
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Jamgon Kongtrul's monumental Encyclopedia of Buddhism (Treasury of Knowledge) contains a complete account of the major lines of thought and practice that comprise Tibetan Buddhism. Buddhist Ethics is the fifth part of that work and considered by many scholars to be its heart.
Treasury of Knowledge, Book 6: Buddhist Tantra
Treasury of Knowledge, Book 6 (Part 4): Systems of Buddhist Tantra
By: Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye
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The Indestrctible Way of Secret Mantra
The tantric path is often referred to as "the indestructible way of secret mantra," the essence of which is the indestructible union of wisdom (the understanding of emptiness) and method (immutable great bliss). This volume sets forth the various systems that constitute this path, both those of the ancient tantra tradition and of the new tradition.
Treasury of Knowledge, Book Seven and Book Eight, Parts One and Two: Fundamentals of Buddhist Study and Practice
Treasury of Knowledge, Book Seven and Book Eight, Parts One and Two: Foundations of Buddhist Study and Practice
By: Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye
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In Tibetan religious literature, Jamgon Kongtruls Treasury of Knowledge in ten books stands out as a unique encyclopedic masterpiece embodying the entire range of Buddhist teachings as it was preserved in Tibet.

Fundamentals of Buddhist Study and Practice comprises book seven and book eight, parts one and two of the Treasury of Knowledge. Book seven provides a detailed exposition of contemplation, which consists of reflecting repeatedly on the points one has already understood in order to deepen ones appreciation of them. It includes a lucid discussion of various interpretations of the meaning of emptiness. Once one has gained certainty about the teachings through hearing and contemplation, the logical next step is that of integrating them into one's experience through the process known as meditation. This is the main focus of book eight. Part one of book eight presents the practice of meditation as a twofold process comprising elements of calm abiding and a deeper awareness of the nature of reality. Part two of book eight treats the stages of meditation as these are described the sutra tradition that includes the three paths of the sravaka, the pratyekabuddha, and the bodhisattva.
Treasury of Knowledge, Books 9 and 10: Journey and Goal
Treasury of Knowledge, Books 9 and 10: Journey and Goal
By: Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye
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In Tibetan religious literature, Jamgon Kongtrul's Treasury of Knowledge in ten volumes stands out as a unique encyclopedic masterpiece embodying the entire range of Buddhist teachings as they were preserved in Tibet.

In this volume, Journey and Goal, the focus is on the spiritual path "the journey", and the resultant state of enlightenment where it leads – “the goal.” Extensively varied perspectives are offered, not only from within the many schools of Buddhism, but also from the different levels of practice and attainment. This is in fact the most comprehensive treatment of these themes to appear in the English language.
Treasury of Knowledge: Book 8, Part 3: The Elements of Tantric Practice
Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye
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Jamgon Kongtrul's Treasury of Knowledge in ten volumes is a unique encyclopedic masterpiece embodying the entire range of Buddhist teachings as they were presented in Tibet. The Elements of Tantric Practice sets forth the inner system of meditation--that of highest yoga tantra, which comprises two phases. The phase of creation relies primarily on the use of the imagination to effect personal transformation. In the phase of completion, practitioners actually achieve this transformation by the use of powerful inner yogas that manipulate the inner energies and constituents of the mind and body, leading to the realization of the fundamental nature of mind and phenomena.
Together these practices constitute, in Kongtrul's words, "a magnificent tradition...cherished by scholars and siddhas of [ancient] India who achieved total realization [by relying] on it."
Treasury of Knowledge: Book Eight, Part 4: Esoteric Instructions
By: Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye
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This volume, Esoteric Instructions, deals with meditation, specifically tantric meditation. Esoteric Instructions is a collection of intimate records of personal teachings by masters, that simplify tantric meditations by providing pertinent examples and very personal and helpful hints to disciples based on the master's own experience. Although originally oral in nature, they have been codified and passed down through specific lineages from teacher to student.
Treasury of Knowledge: Buddhist Philosophy
Treasury of Knowledge: Book Six, Part Three: Frameworks of Buddhist Philosophy
By: Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye
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In Tibetan religious literature, Jamgon Kongtrul's Treasury of Knowledge in ten books stands out as a unique encyclopedic masterpiece embodying the entire range of Buddhist teachings as it was preserved in Tibet.
This volume, Framework of Buddhist Philosophy, is his masterful survey of the broad themes and subtle philosophical points found in more than fiftenn hundred years of Buddhist writings. In a clear and systematic manner, he sets out the traditional framework of Buddhism's three vehicles and four philosophical systems and provides an overview of the key points of each system. His syncretic approach, which emphasizes the strengths of each of the systems and incorporates them into a comprehensive picture of philosophical endeavor, is well-suited for scholar-practitioners, who seek awakening through the combiantion of analytical inquiry and meditation.
Treasury of Knowledge: Book Six, Parts One and Two: Indo-Tibetan Classical Learning and Buddhist Phenomenology
Treasury of Knowledge: Book Six, Parts One and Two: Indo-Tibetan Classical Learning and Buddhist Phenomenology
By: Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye
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Jamgon Kongtrul's Treasury of Knowledge in ten books is a unique encyclopedic masterpiece embodying the entire range of Buddhist teachings as they were preserved in Tibet. The first two parts of Book Six concern Indo-Tibetan Classical Learning and Buddhist Phenomenology. The former analyzes traditional subjects such as Sanskrit grammar, logic, and medicine. The principal non-Buddhist philosophical systems in vogue 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 Abhidharmathe shared inheritance of all Buddhist traditions.
Treasury of Knowledge: Books 2, 3, and 4, Buddhism's Journey to Tibet
Treasury of Knowledge: Books 2, 3, and 4, Buddhism's Journey to Tibet
Jamgon Kongtryl Lodro Taye
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Jamgon Kongtrul’s ten-volume Treasury of Knowledge is a unique encyclopedic masterpiece embodying the entire range of Buddhist teachings as they were preserved in Tibet. Tibetan Buddhist teachers expected their students to study Buddhist philosophical texts as well as practice reflection and meditation; present-day students have also realized that awakening has its source in study as well as in reflection and practice.
Buddhism’s Journey to Tibet presents Kongtrul’s masterful history of Buddhism in India and Tibet. Beginning with the appearance of the Buddha in our world (Book Two), it describes the Buddha’s life, his enlightenment, and what he taught (Book Three), from a multitude of Buddhist viewpoints. Buddhism’s transmission to and preservation in Tibet is the focus of the main part of this volume (Book Four), which describes the scriptural transmissions and lineages of meditation practice as well as the Buddhist arts that together make up the world of Tibetan Buddhism.