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Book Reading and Signing – The Life of Jamgon Kongtrul the Great with Dr. Alexander Gardner | 7-9PM


7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Dr. Alexander Gardner, Director of The Treasury of Lives, will discuss his new book, The Life of Jamgon Kongtrul the Great, the first-ever extensive biography of Tibet’s most famous nonsectarian Buddhist lama. Well-known for preserving Tibetan Buddhist lineages in an era of great political strife, Kongtrul is one of the most important figures of the 19th-century Rimé period. Discussion and reading will be followed by a Q&A and book-signing with the author.


The Life of Jamgon Kongtrul the Great

“Your mind won’t be found elsewhere.
It is the very nature of this moment-to-moment thinking.
Regard nakedly the essence of this thinking and you find
present awareness, right where you are.”
– Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Tha

A Landmark of Tibetan Studies: Jamgon Kongtrul (1813-1899) forever changed the face of Tibetan Buddhism by collecting, arranging, and disseminating the various lineage traditions of Tibet across sectarian lines. This accessible and engaging work is the first full-length historical biography of Kongtrul available in English

A Pivotal Moment in Tibetan History: Jamgon Kongtrul was at the center of a turbulent political and religious period in Tibet. He was a founder of the nonsectarian Rimé period of Tibetan Buddhism.

An Egalitarian Figure: Jamgon Kongtrul’s championing of diverse spiritual traditions will appeal to modern Buddhist practitioners.

Friday, September 20; 7-9pm  |   Suggested donation of $10 at the door.


Tibet House US Gallery
22 West 15th Street
New York, NY 10011 United States
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