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Transmission of The Treasury of Precious Instructions

At the requests of Benchen Monastery and Eric Colombel (Tsadra Foundation,) Kyabje Drupwong Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche kindly bestowed the profound ripening empowerments, liberating instructions, and subsequent reading transmissions of Jamgön Kongtrul’s Treasury of Precious Instructions (gdams ngag rin po che’i mdzod) in their entirety.

Drupwong Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoché received the complete transmission of empowerments, instructions, and transmissions in the following lineage:

Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Tayé,

Khenchen Tashi Oser,

Shechen Gyaltsab Gyurme Pema Namgyal, and Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoché.

In addition Rinpoché received the ripening empowerments from Situ Rinpoché.

The transmissions were held at Benchen Phuntsok Dhargye Ling, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu, Nepal, from October to December 2014.

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The Catalog


The Treasury of Precious


Initial translation of Kongtrul's Catalog (dkar chag) of the 18 volumes of The Treasury of Precious Instructions, by Richard Barron.

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The Treasury of Instructions: Essential Teachings of the Eight Practice Lineages of Tibetan Buddhism

The Treasury of Instructions or Dam-ngak Rinpoché Dzö is one of Jamgön Kongtrul’s Five Treasuries. It can be considered one of the most important contributions to Tibetan literature, and a further statement of Jamgön Kongtrul's non-sectarian values because it contains the collected transmissions and esoteric instructions of the eight principal practice lineages of Tibetan Buddhism that trace their lineages back to India. The project to translate all 18 volumes of The Treasury of Instructions will take many years and involve numerous translators experienced in the different traditions represented in the collection.

Sarah Harding has already begun work on the two Zhijé and Chöd (Pacification and Severance Lineage) volumes, and Richard Barron (Chökyi Nyima) has also begun translation of the two Nyingma volumes. To mark the official beginning of this project, Tsadra Foundation printed Richard Barron's initial translation of Kongtrul’s Catalog (dkar chag) of the 18 volumes of The Treasury of Instructions, which is freely available for download on this page.

The translations of the volumes will be published digitally by Tsadra Foundation’s Digital Publications Department as they are completed. Announcements about the release of the first finished volumes will be made as they become available.

The 18 volumes of The Treasury of Instructions comprise:

-  Secret Mantra of the Nyingma - Two Volumes (876 pages)

    (gsang sngags rnying ma)

-  Kadampa Tradition - Two Volumes (1190 pages)

    (bka' gdams)

-  Sakya Path & Result - Two Volumes (930 pages)

    (sa skya lam 'bras)

-  Marpa Kagyu - Four Volumes (1567 pages)

    (mar pa bka' brgyud)

-  Shangpa Kagyu - Two Volumes (1304 pages)

    (shangs  pa bka' brgyud)

-  Pacification & Severance - Two Volumes (900 pages)

    (zhi byed dang bchod)

-  Kalacakra & Orgyen Nyendrup - One Volume (626 pages)

    (dus 'khor dang ao rgyan bsnyen sgrub)

-  Miscellaneous Teachings - Two Volumes (1088 pages)

    (khri skor sna tshogs)

-  Jonang Tradition & Catalog - One Volume (630 pages)

    (jo nang khrid brgya dang dkar chag brgyud yig)


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