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The Autobiography of Jamgon Kongtrul: A Gem of Many Colors Translated and Edited by Richard Barron
The Autobiography of Jamgon Kongtrul: A Gem of Many Colors – Translated and Edited by Richard Barron

This much-awaited first English translation of Jamgon Kongtrul 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 time.

Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye (1813-1900) was one of the most influential figures and prolific writers in the Tibetan Buddhist world. He was a founder and important proponent of the nonsectarian movement that flourished in eastern Tibet and remains popular today.

Also included in this autobiography are two additional texts: one, authored by Kongtrul himself, discusses the past masters of whom he was considered to be an emanation; the second was written by one of Kongtrul’s close personal students and recounts Kongtrul’s final days, his funeral, and the commemorative rites following his passing. Taken together, these three texts place Kongtrul firmly within an historical context as one of the most important figures in the history of Tibetan Buddhism.

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”This autobiography of the great nonsectarian master, Jamgon Kongtrul, is filled with insight into the human heart. It stands out as a superb example of a genuinely unbiased approach to spirituality, which is of particular relevance to our modern world” – The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Richard Barron (Chokyi Nyima) has studied and translated Tibetan Buddhist texts for over thirty years. He completed the first three-year retreat held for Western students, under the direction of Kalu Rinpoche. Since that time, he has focused on both oral interpretation of teachings and the translation of texts.

550 pages. Hardcover.

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