Translating the Works of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo
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The literary legacy of Khyentse Wangpo is encapsulated in two distinct collections: the Kabum (Collected Works) and the Kabab Dun (Seven Transmissions). These two collections provide a comprehensive view of Khyentse Wangpo’s life and literary contributions, which were prolific and diverse. His writings span the full scope of Tibetan Buddhist lineage traditions, reflecting the nineteenth-century nonsectarian Rimé spirit that he embodied.
The collected writings of Khyentse Wangpo in 25 volumes, covering a diverse range of genres and topics.
Kabab Dun
The collected treasure teachings of Khyentse Wangpo in 22 volumes, based on the Seven Transmissions.
The twenty-five-volume Kabum collection is the primary repository for Khyentse Wangpo's five decades of writings. In its more than 14,000 pages, the Kabum covers a wide array of subjects, and includes texts on Buddhist practices, rituals, sādhanas, spiritual instructions, histories, biographies, and pilgrimage guides. It also contains material on grammar and medicine, along with other diverse fields of knowledge. Personal writings in the collection, like letters and guidance to students, give glimpses into Khyentse Wangpo's inner life and spiritual accomplishments.
Spread across the volumes are eleven thematic sections:
  1. Praises and supplications
  2. Discourses
  3. Notes and excerpts on the intent of Sūtra and Tantra
  4. Teachings on the meaning of Sūtra and Tantra
  5. Sādhana rituals
  6. Major and minor fields of knowledge
  7. Historical writings, various biographies, monastic chronicles, and letters
  8. Miscellaneous works
  9. Guru yoga and vajra songs
  10. Personal advice and instructions
  11. Lists of sacred sites and objects, dedication prayers, aspirations, and invocations of auspiciousness
Kabab Dun
The Kabab Dun showcases Khyentse Wangpo’s unparalleled status in Tibetan history as a extraordinary treasure revealer and accomplished lineage-holder. Khyentse Wangpo was one of the very few masters who was entrusted with all seven types of teaching transmissions (kabab), and was renowned as one of the five great Tertön Kings. The collection comprises twenty-two volumes with a total of about 15,400 pages and is structured around the seven transmissions:
  1. Oral transmissions
  2. Earth treasures
  3. Rediscovered treasures
  4. Mind treasures
  5. Recollections
  6. Pure visions
  7. Aural lineages
The bulk of the Kabab Dun consists of Khyentse Wangpo’s visionary revelations as a tertön under the names Pema Ösal Do Ngak Lingpa and Ösal Trulpe Dorje. The treasures (terma) he revealed include important and widely practiced cycles such as the Chimé Pagme Nyingtik, Vima Lhadrup and Tsasum Drildub. The collection also contains compositions by various other authors, written to supplement Khyentse Wangpo’s treasure cycles. Featured, are works by his contemporaries —Jamgön Kongtrul, Chokgyur Lingpa, and Adzom Drugpa—as well as subsequent generations of lineage masters into the present day, such as Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, Dilgo Khyentse Tashi Paljor, and Khenpo Puntsok Namgyal, who who has overseen and edited the recent editions of the Kabab Dun. in Dzongsar, Tibet.
Miscellaneous Works from Other Collections