Jamgoen Kongtrul (1813 1899) was a versatile and prolific scholar. He has been characterized as a "Tibetan Leonardo" because of his significant contributions to religion, education, medicine, and politics.
The Treasury of Knowledge excellently presents the entire corpus of the sutra and mantra traditions from the paths of the common sciences all the way up to the uncommon Great Perfection or Atiyoga, which is the culmination of the nine vehicles.--H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche
Jamgoen Kongtrul Lodroe Taye was one of the leading scholars of the nineteenth century. He broke through sectarian constraints and achieved a deep understanding of the the different philosophical approaches in Tibet. I have no doubt that by studying Kongtrul's works readers will be inspired to emulate his great qualities of humility, dedication, patience, and nonsectarianism.--H.H. the Dalai Lama Upon seeing the Treasury of Knowledge, the first Khyentse Rinpoche (a contemporary of Lodroe Thaye) said that it was so inclusive of all knowledge that it did not seem to be composed by a human being but must have been written through the blessing of the dakinis.--Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche In his monumental Treasury of Knowledge, [Jamgoen Kongtrul] presents a complete account of the major lines of thought and practice that comprise Tibetan Buddhism. . . . By studying Kongtrul's works, readers will be inspired to emulate his great qualities of humility, dedication, patience, and nonsectarianism.--The Indian International Journal of Buddhist Studies The Elements of Tantric Practice: A General Exposition of the Process of Meditation in the Indestructible Way of Secret Mantra focuses on the two cornerstones of tantric practice: the stages of creation and completion. Here they are treated in detail and with clarity according to the various systems, such as the Kalachakra, the Guhyasamaja, and the Chakrasamvara. Every serious reader will benefit from this excellent translation.--Adriano Clemente, author/translator of Supreme Source with Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche Those who study and apply the profound details in this beautiful translation will deepen their experiences of Tantric meditation.--Jim Valby, PhD Comprehensive, challenging, but very rewarding. Elio Guarisco and Ingrid McLeod have created a marvelous translation supplemented with an excellent introduction and detailed annotations. This is truly an admirable accomplishment!--JCyrus Stearns, author of King of the Empty Plain