By Jamgon Kongtrul, Richard Barron

Jamgön Kongtrul's ten-volume Treasury of Knowledge is a different, encyclopedic masterpiece embodying the complete variety of Buddhist teachings as they have been preserved in Tibet. Tibetan Buddhist academics anticipated their scholars to review Buddhist philosophical texts in addition to perform mirrored image and meditation; present-day scholars have additionally learned that awakening has its resource in examine in addition to in mirrored image and perform. Journey and Goal makes a speciality of the religious path—the trip and the consequent nation of enlightenment to which it leads—the aim. greatly various views are provided not just from in the many faculties of Buddhism but additionally from the several degrees of perform and attainment. this is often in truth the main complete remedy of those issues to seem within the English language

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Subcategories [c] Moreover, these three modes of conduct become nine in light of three contexts: activities, meditation and contemplation, and occasion. The mother tantras emphasize the spiritual deportment of pure awareness. THE SOURCE VERSES - 4-7 Stages [d] Essence [i] In general, the essence of this lies in the distinctive activities of the three avenues, bringing enhancement through stable meditative absorption. Occasion [ii] The occasion is when, through the stage of development, one's chosen deity grants permission, one is not overwhelmed by harmful events, one's meditative stability is not shaken by circumstances, one is equally indifferent to the eight mundane values, and sense pleasures are experienced as supports.

Definitive Rationale for Ten Spiritual Levels [6] Although they are alike with respect to meditative equipoise, due to distinctions in the certain knowledge gained in postmeditation and the thorough training, there are definitely ten levels. The foregoing constitutes the first part concerning the paths and levels in the cause-based dialectical approach. 38 - THE TREASURY OF KNOWLEDGE Part 2. The Levels and Paths in the Vajrayana The Connection between Vajrayana Meditation and the Thirty-seven Factors [I] In the tantric approach, the ordinary methods of spiritual practice accord with those of the sfrtra approach, while the more unique ones are those embellished by supreme bliss.

Much of what Kongtrul cites is in verse, and I am the first to admit that I have no talent as a poet, and so have made no attempt to render the English in meter. The fact that a Tibetan (or Sanskrit) text is in metered verses does not necessarily mean that the author intended it as poetry in the aesthetic sense (although some sources, in both languages, are literary as well as spiritual masterpieces), but rather as didactic information that could be more readily memorized in verse form. Artistic considerations come a distinct second.

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