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Gem of Many Colors

A Gem of Many Colors - coverA Gem of Many Colors
- The Autobiography of Jamgon Kongtrul
— translated by Richard Barron

This much-awaited first English edition of Jamgon Kongtrul's autobiography is refreshingly real and has a ready audience among Western followers of Tibetan Buddhism. 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 times.

Jamgon KongtrulJamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye (1813-1899) was one of the most influential figures and prolific writers in the Tibetan Buddhist world. He was a founder and the single most important proponent of the nonsectarian movement that flourished in eastern Tibet and remains popular today. Two additional texts are included which discuss his previous lives and recount Kongtrul's final days.

More than a biography, the story of the extraordinary Kongtrul is an inspiration to all serious students of Buddhist practice and scholarship. Unparalleled in benefiting beings, his life exemplifies the most noble of human endeavors - the accomplishment of receiving and practicing, codifying and transmitting the entirety of Tibet's spiritual traditions.

This book is a priceless treasure to be studied and revered. A must-read for any person committed to the Tibetan Buddhist path of reflection and meditation. This work should be of interest not only to scholars of Tibetan Buddhism but also to students of the comparative study of religion and mysticism.

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