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  1. White Lotus

    White Lotus

    An Explanation of the Seven-Line Prayer to Guru Padmasambhava

    • by
    • Jamgon Mipham
    The commentary translated in these pages is unusual and rare. But if the commentary is a rarity, its subject matter—the seven-line invocation of Padmasambhava—is one of the best-known prayers in the Tibetan Buddhist world.The overall significance of the Seven-Line Prayer is perhaps best appreciated in relation to a practice called guru-yoga, or "union with the nature of the guru." The purpose of guru-yoga is to purify and deepen the student's… Read More

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  2. The Adornment of the Middle Way

    The Adornment of the Middle Way

    Shantarakshita's Madhyamakalankara with Commentary by Jamgon Mipham

    • by
    • Shantarakshita,
    • Jamgon Mipham
    In the Madhyamakalankara¸ Shantarakshita synthesized the views of Madhyamaka and Yogachara, the two great streams of Mahayana Buddhism. This was the last great philosophical development of Buddhist India. In his brilliant and searching commentary, Mipham re-presented Shantarakshita to a world that had largely forgotten him, defending his position and showing how it should be understood in relation to the teaching of Chandrakirti. To do this, he subtly reassessed the… Read More

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  3. The Small Golden Key

    The Small Golden Key

    To the Treasure of the Various Essential Necessities of General and Extraordinary Buddhist Dharma

    • by
    • Thinley Norbu
    In The Small Golden Key, Thinley Norbu Rinpoche explains in simple, concise language the important ideas and practices of Buddhism, with special attention to the Vajrayana teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. He discusses the origins of Buddhism in India and its spread to Tibet; the important lineages of Tibetan Buddhism, with emphasis on the Nyingma school; the differences between the Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana teachings; the outstanding features of the Mahayana;… Read More

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  4. Welcoming Flowers from across the Cleansed Threshold of Hope

    Welcoming Flowers from across the Cleansed Threshold of Hope

    An Answer to Pope John Paul II's Criticism of Buddhism

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    • Thinley Norbu
    Welcoming Flowers is a pointed critique of the Buddhism chapter of Pope John Paul II’s 1994 best seller, Crossing the Threshold of Hope, written by the highly respected Buddhist teacher Thinley Norbu. In responding to the false charges of Buddhists’ indifference to the world and rejection of reality, Norbu clarifies the Buddhist doctrines of detachment and enlightenment. In addition, he covers the topics of good and evil, human nature, karma,… Read More

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  5. White Sail

    White Sail

    Crossing the Waves of Ocean Mind to the Serene Continent of the Triple Gems

    • by
    • Thinley Norbu
    Buddhism teaches that enlightenment is our natural state; the problem is that we do not recognize this state, owing to the mind's confusion about its true nature. Thinley Norbu presents the Buddhist view in a way meant to clear up misconceptions and awaken the reader's innate wisdom. Thinley Norbu is a distinguished teacher of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and the author of The Small Golden Key Read More

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  6. Magic Dance

    Magic Dance

    The Display of Self-Nature of the Five Wisdom Dakinis

    • by
    • Thinley Norbu
    This is a unique and powerful presentation of the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism on the five elements: earth, water, air, fire, and space. In their gross and subtle forms, these elements combine to make up the infinite illusory display of phenomenal existence. Through teachings, stories, and his distinctive use of language, Thinley Norbu Rinpoche relates how the energies of the elements manifest within our everyday world, in individual behavior and… Read More

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  7. It's Up to You

    It's Up to You

    The Practice of Self-Reflection on the Buddhist Path

    • by
    • Dzigar Kongtrul
    On the spiritual path we speak of enlightenment. But how do we reconcile the idea of enlightenment with what we see when we look in the mirror—when insecurities, doubts, and self-centered tendencies arise in our minds? Dzigar Kongtrül suggests that we need not feel “doomed” when these experiences surface. In fact, such experiences are not a problem if we are able to simply let them arise without judging them or… Read More

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  8. Jamgon Mipam

    Jamgon Mipam

    His Life and Teachings

    • by
    • Douglas Duckworth,
    • Jamgon Mipham
    Jamgön Mipam (1846–1912) is one of the most extraordinary figures in the history of Tibet. Monk, mystic, and brilliant philosopher, he shaped the trajectory of Tibetan Buddhism’s Nyingma school. This introduction provides a most concise entrée to this great luminary’s life and work. The first section gives a general context for understanding this remarkable individual who, though he spent the greater part of his life in solitary retreat,… Read More

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  9. Counsels from My Heart

    Counsels from My Heart

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    • Dudjom Rinpoche
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  10. A Torch Lighting the Way to Freedom

    A Torch Lighting the Way to Freedom

    Complete Instructions on the Preliminary Practices

    • by
    • Dudjom Rinpoche,
    • Jigdrel Yeshe Dorje
    The foundations of Vajrayana practice are laid out with eloquence and precision here by one of the greatest Tibetan Buddhist masters of our age. His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche’s commentary on the preliminary practices (ngöndro) is informed by his profound realization and wide-ranging scholarship, and illuminated with an array of quotations from the Vinaya, Sutra, and Tantra traditions. In addition to the commentary on the outer and inner preliminary practices, he… Read More

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