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The Treasury of Knowledge

This app provides access to titles from The Treasury of Knowledge, an encyclopedic masterpiece by Jamgön Kongtrul Lodro Tayé (1813–1900) comprising the entire range of Buddhist teachings as they were preserved in Tibet.

Included in the app are two digital editions of The Treasury of Knowledge:

  • A bilingual edition that presents the original Tibetan work along with the English translation and
  • A Tibetan edition that presents the original Tibetan work alone.

The Treasury of Knowledge, the first of Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Tayé's five great Treasuries, is a unique ten-volume compendium of Buddhist teachings. Lodrö Tayé and his extensive writing have always held a unique place in Tibetan Buddhist education and contemplative training, and have inspired Western students since Tibetan Buddhism first caught their attention following the Tibetan diaspora in the 1960s. For those wishing to pursue deeper study and practice, whether in Tibetan or in English, The Treasury of Knowledge stands as an extraordinary resource.

The app contains the ten volumes of the encyclopedia, the first four of which are historically oriented, focusing respectively on cosmology, the Buddha, his teachings, and their propagation in ancient India and Tibet. The fifth book concerns the integration of monastic, bodhisattva, and mantra vows, while the next three (books six through eight) concern the cultivation of discriminative awareness through study, reflection, and meditation, respectively. The last two books (nine and ten) offer Kongtrul's syncretic analysis of the spiritual paths and goals attained through the causal and fruitional vehicles of Buddhist practice. The Treasury also includes an introduction and a conclusion that bookend the ten volumes.

Features:

  • Access to the entire Treasury of Knowledge in both bilingual and Tibetan editions
  • Intuitive interactive visual maps, comprehensive textual outlines, and clear tables of contents for navigating the entire collection
  • Color-coded text for commentaries, root verses, headings, and citations to create a unique reading experience
  • Interactive translator’s notes
  • The invaluable translator’s introduction to each book
  • Personalized favorite title and section lists
  • Illustrations and diagrams drawn from the commentaries
  • Zooming and panning to view any content in the collection
  • Back buttons to retrace your steps
  • Easy-to-use browsers showing a zoomed-out view of the book’s sections
  • Scrolling buttons to scan the books easily
  • Free article previews
  • and more...

Tsadra eDharma Courses

This new app for iOS and Android devices introduces a selection of courses for Buddhist studies that combines the various elements that are important for the study and contemplation of pivotal Buddhist philosophical texts. Tsadra Foundation is delighted to begin this new series of courses for Buddhist studies in collaboration with the Rangjung Yeshe Institute, Center for Buddhist Studies, at the Kathmandu University.

The Madhyantavibhaga course is the first release of the series and introduces, for the first time, a comprehensive and immersive environment for studying this text. The course presents a translation of the Buddhist masterpiece Distinguishing the Middle from Extremes. This famed text, often referred to by its Sanskrit title, Madhyāntavibhāga, is part of a collection known as the Five Maitreya Teachings (byams chos sde lnga). Maitreya, the Buddha's regent, is held to have entrusted these profound and vast instructions to the master Asanga in the heavenly realm of Tusita.

In pithy verses, Distinguishing the Middle from Extremes employs the principle of the three natures to explain the way things seem to be as well as the way they actually are. Unravelling the subtle processes that condition our thinking and experience, Maitreya's teaching reveals a powerful path of compassionate vision and spiritual transformation. Distinguishing the Middle from Extremes is presented alongside commentaries by two outstanding masters of Tibet's nonsectarian Rimé movement, Khenpo Shenga and Ju Mipham.

This course is an offering designed and produced by Tsadra Foundation to complement other courses of the Rangjung Yeshe Institute's online learning program.

Each course included in the app presents:

  • A bilingual Tibetan-English presentation of the text
  • An intuitive navigation scheme for topic outlines
  • An extensive collection of video and audio lectures
  • Transcripts of these lectures
  • Enhanced materials drawn from the commentaries and from classroom handouts
  • Student evaluations
  • A list of external references including academic works by authoritative Western scholars.

Along with each RYI course the app offers the free Tibetan editions of the texts that are taught in the courses.

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