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Vajrayana Buddhism is most closely associated with Tibet and can be characterized by the figure of the siddha, the master whose spiritual realization is so profound that he or she has power over the phenomenal world, and in whom the profundity and vastness of absolute truth is fully and completely manifested. Many of our most well-known authors come from this tradition of Tibetan Buddhism .

[Note: The tags for the various schools are not definitive as many books span multiple traditions, etc. They are meant to use as a starting point for exploring this collection.]

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  1. A Little Book of Love

    A Little Book of Love

    Buddhist Wisdom on Bringing Happiness to Ourselves and Our World

    • by
    • Moh Hardin
    This short, practical, and inspiring book presents Buddhist wisdom on love, relationships, and finding true contentment in life. Buddhist teacher Moh Hardin has a wonderfully direct and warm-hearted teaching style that will resonate with readers of books by Pema Chödrön and Thich Nhat Hanh. The book begins with a discussion about making friends with ourselves as the basis for loving others, including a simple Buddhist practice for developing greater… Read More

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  2. The Essence of Buddhism

    The Essence of Buddhism

    An Introduction to Its Philosophy and Practice

    • by
    • Traleg Kyabgon
    The Essence of Buddhism is a comprehensive overview of the Buddhist path from the perspective of the three vehicles of Tibetan Buddhism: the Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. Although these vehicles are associated with different attitudes toward Buddhist practice, basic to them all is the need to understand our own immediate condition. The primary tool for achieving this is meditation, and The Essence of Buddhism serves as a handbook for… Read More

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  3. Penetrating Wisdom

    Penetrating Wisdom

    The Aspiration of Samantabhadra

    • by
    • Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
    This book is a commentary on an ancient, well-known Tibetan Buddhist prayer of aspiration that expounds on the Dzogchen path to enlightenment. Addressing such fundamentals as the guru-student relationship, the role of faith in Vajrayana Buddhism, recognizing basic awareness, and the notion of reality that is beyond mental concepts, it is a clear and accessible explication of a complex system of philosophy and meditation techniques that are central to… Read More

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  4. Turning Confusion into Clarity
  5. The Heart Is Noble

    The Heart Is Noble

    Changing the World from the Inside Out

    • by
    • H.H. the Seventeenth Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje
    In 2011 a group of American college students spent a month in India with His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa. Together they discussed topics ranging from food justice to gender identities to conflict resolution. The Karmapa’s teachings in this book are the product of those meetings. Here he shares his vision for bringing social and environmental action into daily life, on a scale we can realistically manage through the choices we… Read More

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  6. The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion (volume 2)

    The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion (volume 2)

    The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma

    • by
    • Chogyam Trungpa
    • edited by
    • Judith L. Lief
    This comprehensive guide to the body of Buddhist teachings known as the mahayana brings together theory and practice in a way that reveals contemplative experience to be inseparable from the traditional concepts used to describe it. Based on teachings from the Vajradhatu Seminaries—the three-month-long meditation-and-study retreats that Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche led annually from 1973 to 1986—it covers in detail topics such as shunyata (emptiness), bodhichitta (the heart and mind of… Read More

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  7. The Path of Individual Liberation (volume 1)

    The Path of Individual Liberation (volume 1)

    The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma

    • by
    • Chogyam Trungpa
    • edited by
    • Judith L. Lief
    This comprehensive guide to the body of Buddhist teachings known as the hinayana brings together theory and practice in a way that reveals contemplative experience to be inseparable from the traditional concepts used to describe it. Based on teachings from the Vajradhatu Seminaries—the three-month-long meditation-and-study retreats that Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche led annually from 1973 to 1986—it covers in detail topics such as the four noble truths, karma, the four foundations… Read More

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  8. Buddha's Daughters

    Buddha's Daughters

    Teachings from Women Who Are Shaping Buddhism in the West

    • edited by
    • Andrea Miller,
    • Editors of the Shambhala Sun
    Buddhism began to take root in the West at just the same time that women’s voices were arising to find expression here—after millennia of being relegated to the background. If that was a coincidence, it was an auspicious one, for the women who emerged as Buddhist teachers have been among the most articulate of Dharma-communicators—and they remain an indelible feature of Western Buddhism as the practice matures here. The… Read More

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  9. 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

    • by
    • 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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  10. From Here to Enlightenment

    From Here to Enlightenment

    An Introduction to Tsong-kha-pa's Classic Text The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment

    • by
    • H.H. the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
    When the Dalai Lama was forced to go into exile in 1959, he could take only a few items with him. Among these cherished belongings was his copy of Tsong-kha-pa’s classic text The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment. This text distills all the essential points of Tibetan Buddhism, clearly unfolding the entire Buddhist path. In 2008, celebrating the long-awaited completion of the English… Read More

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