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The Autobiography of Jamgon Kongtrul: A Gem of Many Colors

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In additon 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.
ebook, 544 pages
Published February 10th 2003 by Snow Lion Publications
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If you are a Tibetan Buddhism super-wonk like me, then you probably have to read this eventually -- or at least give it a power-skim.

However, I got a lot more out of The Life of Jamgon Kongtrul the Great , by Alexander Gardner (forthcoming from Snow Lion in July 2019 -- I just finished reading a review copy). Gardener basically follows the Autobiography, adding helpful commentary, interpretation and historical context along the way. His contextualization made the biography much more interestin
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The first Jamgon Kongtrul, Jamgön Kongtrül Lodrö Thayé (འཇམ་མགོན་ཀོང་སྤྲུལ་བློ་གྲོས་མཐའ་ཡས་ 'jam mgon kong sprul blo gros mtha' yas), was one of the preeminent scholars in 19th century Tibet, often referred to as Jamgon Kongtrul the Great. The name Kongtrul is a contraction of Kongpo Bamtang Tulku, of whom he was held to be an incarnation. He also was a tertön, or "revealer of Dharma treasures," a ...more