“Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye (1813–1899) (was) the Tibetan spiritual master, scholar, poet, artist, physician, diplomat, and overall polymath, who was the brightest star in the cluster of brilliant figures behind Rimé, a cultural and religious movement that occurred in 19th-century eastern Tibet... Thus, when in 1986 the great Kagyu master Kalu Rinpoche (1905–1989) asked some of his closest disciples to form a committee to translate key Tibetan works into English, the text he chose for them was Kongtrul’s Treasury of Knowledge (Shes bya mdzod), a ten-book summation of virtually every branch of Tibetan Buddhist learning, from the structure of the cosmos to the nature of Buddhahood...A work of such scope and depth poses immense intellectual, practical, and financial challenges for any would-be translators. Thus, it is no surprise that the English version of The treasury of knowledge has come forth very slowly. But come forth it has, and now with the publication of the final two volumes this fall, the project is complete, and Kongtrul’s masterpiece is available to a whole new Buddhist audience.” ~Roger R. Jackson, “The Tibetan Leonardo”, Buddhadarma, Winter 2012: 65-71
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