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Buddhist Philosophy

Frameworks of Buddhist Philosophy - coverFrameworks of Buddhist Philosophy
— by Jamgon Kongtrul
- The Treasury of Knowledge - Volume 5 — Book 6, Part 3

The Treasury of Knowledge  in ten volumes is a unique encyclopedic masterpiece embodying the entire range of Buddhist teachings as they were presented in Tibet. Tibetan Buddhist teachers expected their students to study Buddhist philosophical texts as well as practicing reflection and meditation. Present-day students have also realized that awakening has its source in study as well as in reflection and practice.

Jamgon Kongtrul (1813-1899) - a pivotal figure in eastern Tibet's nonsectarian movement, was one of the most outstanding writers and teachers of his time. In his monumental Treasury of Knowledge he presents a complete account of the major lines of thought and practice that comprise Tibetan Buddhism.

This particular book presents the primary doctrinal points of the different schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

Jamgon KongtrulOne of the only non-Gelug presentations of the tenet systems, Frameworks of Buddhist Philosophy  is Kongtrul's masterful survey of broad themes and subtle philosophical points found in more than fifteen hundred years of Buddhist philosophical writings.

In a clear and systematic manner, he sets out the traditional framework of Buddhism's three schools and four philosophical systems and provides an overview of the key points of each philosophical system.

His approach is also syncretic in that it emphasizes the strengths of each philosophical system and incorporates them into a broad picture of philosophical endeavor.

Both of these approaches are valuable for practitioners as an introduction and for scholars as a reference work.

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