The Treasury of Knowledge: Indo-Tibetan classical learning and Buddhist phenomenology. Book six, parts one and two

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Jamgön Kongtrul's encyclopedic Treasury of Knowledge presents a complete account of the major lines of thought and practice that comprise Tibetan Buddhism. Among the ten books that make up this tour de force, Book Six is by far the longest—concisely summarizing the theoretical fields of knowledge to be studied prior to the cultivation of reflection and discriminative awareness.

The first two parts of Book Six, contained in this volume, respectively concern Indo-Tibetan classical learning and Buddhist phenomenology. The former analyzes the traditional subjects of phonology and Sanskrit grammar, logic, fine art, and medicine, along with astrology, poetics, prosody, synonymics, and dramaturgy. The principal non-Buddhist philosophical systems of ancient India 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 Abhidharma—the shared inheritance of all Buddhist traditions—from three distinct perspectives, corresponding to the three successive turnings of the doctrinal wheel.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Book
8
Iconometry of the female deity Tārā After Yonten Tsering
12
Buddhist Phenomenology
40
A Graduated Exposition of Classical Studies
71
IndoTibetan Classical Learning
73
The Root Verses
75
The Autocommentary
97
Phenomenological Basis according to the Final Promulgation
451
The Five Foundational Factors 8 The Three Natures 7
555
Dependent Origination
575
Outline of the Text
613
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616
Thematic Concordance of Terminology
637
Notes to Part
743
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13
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The Purpose and Scope of Learning
101
Articulation and Semantics
105
All drawings are by Chris Banigan except where otherwise noted
109
Sanskrit Grammar
125
Logic
139
Fine Arts
177
Iconometry of the buddha body ofemanation according
189
Iconometry of the seated bodhisattva Amitāyus Drawing
201
The SupremeArts p 93
208
the eight
221
Medicine
317
Astrology and Divination
343
Poetics
359
Prosody
367
Synonymics
379
Dramaturgy
387
Mundane Spiritual Paths
395
The Exalted Vehicle
419
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753
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757
317
760
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770
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771
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Notes to Part
849
Abbreviations
875
Bibliography of Works Cited by the Author
879
Reference Bibliography
905
Index
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575
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Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Tayé (1813–1900), a pivotal figure in eastern Tibet's nonsectarian movement, was one of the most outstanding writers and teachers of his time.

Gyurme Dorje holds a PhD in Tibetan Literature and an MA in Sanskrit. From 1991 to 1996 he held research fellowships at London University, where he worked on the Encyclopaedic Tibetan-English Dictionary. He has written, edited, translated and contributed to numerous books on Tibetan culture. He is based in London.

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