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Jamgon Kongtrul the Great འཇམ་མགོན་ཀོང་སྤྲུལ་བློ་གྲོས་མཐའ་ཡས།

(Jamgön Kongtrül Lodrö Thayé)

1813 – 1899 CE

Famous scholar, tertön, physician, diplomat, and co-founder of the Rimé non-sectarian, Tibetan Buddhist movement; Jamgon Kongtrul wrote more than 100 volumes of text and compiled the Five Great Treasuries. To counter the herd instinct tendency of identifying too closely with only one narrow tradition or point of view, along with Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, he compiled the teachings of many different traditions and started the “unbiased” lineage of going to the sense, the root of realization instead of being trapped by the superficial words and identifications with narrow, sectarian, prejudiced religions, political, or cultural points of view.

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Torch of Certainty

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Myriad Worlds

Quotes by Jamgon Kongtrul the Great (12 quotes)

“Though having all we need, we constantly seek more.”

from Torch of Certainty

Chapters: 44. Fame and Fortune

Themes: Consumerism

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“Why chase after thoughts which are only superficial ripples of present awareness?”

from Torch of Certainty

Chapters: 1. The Unnamed

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“a king overpowered by self-interest is not worthy of being the protector of the kingdom”

from Torch of Certainty

Chapters: 17. True Leaders

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“Adverse conditions are spiritual friends… Illness is the broom for evil and obscurations. Suffering is the dance of what is.”

from Torch of Certainty

Chapters: 18. The Sick Society

Themes: Suffering Evil

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“You are chained, entangled in the barbed wire of hope and fear. So give it up!”

from Torch of Certainty

Chapters: 15. Inscrutability

Themes: Golden Chains

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“Make yourself at home in the natural state of pure presence, just being, not doing anything in particular.”

from Torch of Certainty

Chapters: 57. Wu Wei

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“All suffering comes from desiring happiness for oneself.”

from Torch of Certainty

Chapters: 3. Weak Wishes, Strong Bones
37. Nameless Simplicity

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“You could construe abandoning all hope of results as being to your welfare. For example fame, renown, comfort, and happiness in this life, later happiness among gods or men, even the desire to achieve the transcendence of misery itself.”

from Torch of Certainty

Chapters: 77. Stringing a Bow

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“Others will enjoy the wealth we as misers kept. Even our body we hold so dear will be left behind.”

from Torch of Certainty

Chapters: 57. Wu Wei

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“The quest for enlightenment only makes sense because buddha-nature is already present.”

from Torch of Certainty

Chapters: 47. Effortless Success

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“The refuge of radiant awareness is closer, more profound, easier, and more wondrous than we can imagine.”

from Torch of Certainty

Chapters: 33. Know Yourself

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“The primordial purity of the ground completely transcends words, concepts, and formulations.”

from Myriad Worlds

Themes: Basic Goodness

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