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  1. The Buddha before Buddhism

    The Buddha before Buddhism

    Wisdom from the Early Teachings

    • by
    • Gil Fronsdal
    The Aṭṭhakavagga, or “Book of Eights,” is believed by scholars to be among the earliest of written Buddhist texts, and in it we find the Buddha’s teaching pared down to its most uncomplicated essence. Gil Fronsdal’s translation and commentary reveals the text’s central concern to be the joy that comes from recognizing and letting go of attachment to the illusory views that create suffering. It’s simple medicine that works for… Read More

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  2. Existence

    Existence

    A Story

    • by
    • David Hinton
    This is the story of existence, and it begins with a painting. Join David Hinton, the premier modern translator of the Chinese classics, as he stands before a single landscape painting, discovering in it the wondrous story of existence—and as part of that story, the magical nature of consciousness. What he coaxes from the image is nothing less than a revelation: the dynamic interweaving of mind and Cosmos, and the… Read More

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  3. Tibetan Zen

    Tibetan Zen

    Discovering a Lost Tradition

    • by
    • Sam van Schaik
    Until the early twentieth century, hardly any traces of the Tibetan tradition of Chinese Chan Buddhism, or Zen, remained. Then the discovery of a sealed cave in Dunhuang, full of manuscripts in various languages dating from the first millennium CE, transformed our understanding of early Zen. This book translates some of the earliest surviving Tibetan Zen manuscripts preserved in Dunhuang. The translations illuminate different aspects of the Zen tradition, with… Read More

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  4. The Epic of Gesar of Ling

    The Epic of Gesar of Ling

    Gesar's Magical Birth, Early Years, and Coronation as King

    The epic of Gesar has been the national treasure of Tibet for almost a thousand years. An open canon of tales about a superhuman warrior-king, the epic is still a living oral tradition, included on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This book is a translation of the beginning portion of this enormous corpus, covering all the events from Gesar’s divine conception to his human birth… Read More

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  5. History of the Karmapas

    History of the Karmapas

    The Odyssey of the Tibetan Masters with the Black Crown

    • by
    • Lama Kunsang,
    • Lama Pemo,
    • Marie Aubele
    • edited by
    • Maureen Lander
    Masters of esoteric knowledge and miraculous practices, the lineage of the Karmapas is the earliest of all the recognized incarnate lineages and is said to descend from the great Indian tantric master Tilopa through a chain that includes Naropa, Marpa, and Milarepa. The Karmapas are distinguished by their black crowns, said to have been woven by dakinis and symbolizing the activity of the buddhas. Unlike other Tibetan Buddhist lineage… Read More

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  6. Incarnation

    Incarnation

    The History and Mysticism of the Tulku Tradition of Tibet

    • by
    • Tulku Thondup
    A tulku is a fully enlightened one (buddha) or highly accomplished adept (siddha) who chooses to be reborn again and again for the benefit of all beings. Most tulkus, though, are the rebirths of well-trained masters who are engaged in spiritual training and serving others. Tibetan Buddhists have, for well over a millennium, been meticulously following the tradition of finding, recognizing, enthroning, training, and venerating these revered figures who provide… Read More

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  7. Alchemists, Mediums, and Magicians

    Alchemists, Mediums, and Magicians

    Stories of Taoist Mystics

    • edited by
    • Thomas Cleary
    Here is an introduction to the magical and mystical realm of Taoism through biographical and historical sketches of Taoist adepts over two thousand years. This panoramic view of the many faces of Taoism and its intimate connection with Chinese culture and society includes intriguing accounts of the Taoist secret societies that carried out mystical exercises and powerful consciousness-altering techniques, including sensory deprivation, incantation, visualization, and concentration.This collection of sketches, compiled… Read More

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  8. The Clear Mirror

    The Clear Mirror

    A Traditional Account of Tibet's Golden Age

    • by
    • Sakyapa Sonam Gyaltsen
    A rich blend of history, legend, poetry, adventure, and romance, The Clear Mirror is a treasure-trove of traditional Tibetan narrative and folk wisdom. It presents in full the often-cited but elusive accounts of the origins of the Tibetan people, the coming of the Dharma to Tibet, and the appearance of Avalokiteshvara as the patron deity of Tibet. The text treats the era during which Buddhism came to Tibet, Lhasa became… Read More

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  9. Princess in the Land of Snows

    Princess in the Land of Snows

    The Life of Jamyang Sakya in Tibet

    • by
    • Jamyang Sakya,
    • Julie Emery
    This is the story of a determined woman who overcame great obstacles in order to achieve religious freedom. Born in eastern Tibet, Jamyang Sakya married into the powerful Sakya family, spiritual advisers of Kublai Khan and for years rulers of much of Central Asia. Her engaging personal story evokes a rich vision of Tibet's traditional culture, customs, and religious practices. Jamyang Sakya tells of being the only girls in… Read More

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  10. History of the Sixteen Karmapas of Tibet

    History of the Sixteen Karmapas of Tibet

    • by
    • Karma Thinley
    The Karmapa is the spiritual leader of the Karma Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The present Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, is the sixteenth of the line which began with Dusum Khyenpa, the first Karmapa, in the twelfth century. Karma Thinley presents the biographies of all the Karmapas, based on his translations from numerous Tibetan sources. These biographies are not only histories of the training and teaching of these great teachers;… Read More

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