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  1. The Treasury of Knowledge: Book Eight, Part Four

    The Treasury of Knowledge: Book Eight, Part Four

    Esoteric Instructions

    • by
    • Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye
    In Tibetan religious literature, Jamgön Kongtrül's Treasury of Knowledge in ten books stands out as a unique, encyclopedic masterpiece embodying the entire range of Buddhist teachings as it was preserved in Tibet. Tibetan Buddhist teachers expected their students to study Buddhist philosophical texts as well as practice reflection and meditation; present-day students have also realized that awakening has its source in study as well as in reflection and practice. This… Read More

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  2. Great Perfection

    Great Perfection

    Outer and Inner Preliminaries

    • by
    • Third Dzogchen Rinpoche
    In the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, the Great Perfection is considered the most profound and direct path to enlightenment. The instructions of this tradition present a spiritual shortcut—a radically direct approach that cuts through confusion and lays bare the mind's true nature of luminous purity. For centuries, these teachings have been taught and practiced in secret by some of the greatest adepts of the Buddhist tradition. Great Perfection:… Read More

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  3. 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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  4. King of the Empty Plain

    King of the Empty Plain

    The Tibetan Iron-Bridge Builder Tangtong Gyalpo

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    • Cyrus Stearns
    King of the Empty Plain is familiar to every Tibetan yet nearly unknown in the rest of the world. Tangtong Gyalpo's incredible lifespan, profound teachings, unprecedented engineering feats, eccentric deeds, and creation of Tibetan opera have earned this fascinating figure a unique status in Tibetan culture. Believed to be the great Indian master Padmasambhava appearing again in the world to benefit living beings, he discovered techniques for achieving longevity that… Read More

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  5. The Treasury of Knowledge: Book Six, Part Three

    The Treasury of Knowledge: Book Six, Part Three

    Frameworks of Buddhist Philosophy

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    • Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye
    In Tibetan religious literature, Jamgön Kongtrül's Treasury of Knowledge in ten books stands out as a unique, encyclopedic masterpiece embodying the entire range of Buddhist teachings as it was preserved in Tibet. This volume, Frameworks of Buddhist Philosophy, is his masterful survey of the broad themes and subtle philosophical points found in more than fifteen hundred years of Buddhist philosophical writings. In a clear and systematic manner, he sets out… Read More

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  6. Deity, Mantra, and Wisdom

    Deity, Mantra, and Wisdom

    Development Stage Meditation in Tibetan Buddhist Tantra

    • by
    • Jigme Lingpa,
    • Patrul Rinpoche,
    • Getse Mahapandita Tsewang Chokdrub
    Deity, Mantra, and Wisdom contains four of the most cherished Tibetan Buddhist commentaries on the practices of visualization, mantra recitation, and meditative absorption. These three elements form the core of development stage meditation, one of the most important practices of Buddhist Tantra. The authors of these timeless classics—Jigme Lingpa, Patrul Rinpoche, and Getse Mahapandita—have all profoundly shaped Tibetan Buddhism with their vast scholarship and deep spiritual realization. In these… Read More

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  7. Middle Beyond Extremes

    Middle Beyond Extremes

    Maitreya's Madhyantavibhaga with Commentaries by Khenpo Shenga and Ju Mipham

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    • Maitreya
    Middle Beyond Extremes contains a translation of the Buddhist masterpiece Distinguishing the Middle from Extremes. This famed text, often referred to by its Sanskrit title, Madhyāntavibhāga, is part of a collection known as the Five Maitreya Teachings. Maitreya, the Buddha’s regent, is held to have entrusted these profound and vast instructions to the master Asaṅga in the heavenly realm of Tuṣita. In pithy verses, Distinguishing the Middle from… Read More

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  8. Zurchungpa's Testament

    Zurchungpa's Testament

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    • Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
    Zurchungpa's Eighty Chapters of Personal Advice was the final teaching given by the great Nyingma master Zurchung Sherab Trakpa before he passed away. His counsels are the distillation of a lifetime's experience and comprise the practical instructions of a master who had made the teachings of the Great Perfection truly part of himself. The original text consists of almost 580 maxims, organized into eighty chapters covering the entire path… Read More

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  9. Penetrating Wisdom

    Penetrating Wisdom

    The Aspiration of Samantabhadra

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    • Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
    The reason we rely on the Vajra master is that we have already tried many different methods to wake ourselves up, but none of them really worked. We set our alarm clock for the next morning and then in the morning it beeps with a very unconfident beep. When this feeble beep happens, our great samsaric command is to move a hand with tremendous habitual power and press the… Read More

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  10. Nagarjuna's Letter to a Friend

    Nagarjuna's Letter to a Friend

    With Commentary by Kangyur Rinpoche

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    • Nagarjuna
    Nagarjuna's poetic presentation of the fundamental teachings of the Great Vehicle, or Mahayana—whose followers, driven by compassion, strive to attain Buddhahood for the sake of all beings—is remarkable for its concise style and memorable imagery, making it one of the most widely quoted sources in other commentaries on the Mahayana path. This work will appeal to readers with a general interest in Mahayana Buddhism, to those who wish to… Read More

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