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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. Advice from a Yogi

    Advice from a Yogi

    An Explanation of a Tibetan Classic on What Is Most Important

    • by
    • Padampa Sangye
    This commentary on Padampa Sangye’s classic verses of advice to Tibetan villagers of Dingri by the renowned and beloved meditation master Khenchen Thrangu offers guidance for people trying to practice the Buddhist path in the midst of a busy life. These hundred verses, studied for centuries by Tibetans and students of Buddhism, contain all the elements of the Tibetan Buddhist path. Khenchen Thrangu’s lively explication of each stanza brings to… Read More

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  2. Tibetan Zen

    Tibetan Zen

    Discovering a Lost Tradition

    • by
    • Sam van Schaik
    Banned in Tibet and forgotten in China, the Tibetan tradition of Zen was almost completely lost to us. According to Tibetan histories, Zen teachers were invited to Tibet from China in the eighth century, at the height of the Tibetan Empire. When doctrinal disagreements developed between Indian and Chinese Buddhists at the Tibetan court, the Tibetan emperor called for a formal debate. When the debate resulted in a decisive win… Read More

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  3. The Fearless Lion's Roar

    The Fearless Lion's Roar

    Profound Instructions on Dzogchen, the Great Perfection

    • by
    • Nyoshul Khenpo
    Tibetan Buddhist master Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche gave these teachings on Dzogchen to participants in a three-year retreat in France in the 1980s. He introduces the Buddhist path; provides inspiration by relating details of the lives of two towering figures in the Dzogchen lineage, Longchen Rabjam and Jigme Linpa; explains the practice of deity meditation; and teaches two central Dzogchen texts, Longchenpa’s Resting at Ease in Illusion and Jigme Lingpa’s The… Read More

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  4. Karma

    Karma

    What It Is, What It Isn't, Why It Matters

    • by
    • Traleg Kyabgon
    By now, we’ve all heard someone say, “It must have been his karma” or “She had bad karma.” But what is karma, really? Does karmic theory say that we are helpless victims of our past? Is all karma bad, or can there be good karma too? Is reincarnation the same as the Buddhist theory of rebirth? In this short and eminently readable book, Traleg Kyabgon answers these questions and more… Read More

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  5. 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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  6. Always Present

    Always Present

    The Luminous Wisdom of Jigme Phuntsok

    • by
    • Jigme Phuntsok
    • edited by
    • Khenpo Sodargye
    What is true happiness? What is the cause of our suffering and dissatisfaction? And how can we live with the kindness and clarity of the Buddha in our own lives? This compact collection of teachings from Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche illuminates these most fundamental questions about the Buddhist path and provides essential guidance to help you along the way. Oriented to both beginners to Buddhism and longtime practitioners alike, these teachings… Read More

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  7. The Prince and the Zombie

    The Prince and the Zombie

    Tibetan Tales of Karma

    • by
    • Tenzin Wangmo
    In this series of tales, a prince must capture and bring back to his country a zombie who is endowed with magical powers—but in order to succeed he must keep himself from speaking even one word to the zombie. The zombie is wily, and during the long journey he recounts fascinating tales to the prince, who is carrying him in a sack on his back. Spellbound by the stories, the… Read More

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  8. Jewels of Enlightenment
  9. An Open-Hearted Life

    An Open-Hearted Life

    Transformative Methods for Compassionate Living from a Clinical Psychologist and a Buddhist Nun

    • by
    • Russell Kolts,
    • Thubten Chodron
    • edited by
    • Dave O'Neal
    A life overflowing with compassion. It sounds wonderful in theory, but how do you do it? This guide provides practical methods for living with this wonderful quality, based on traditional Buddhist teachings and on methods from modern psychology—particularly a technique called Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT). The methods presented by the two authors—a psychotherapist and a Tibetan Buddhist nun—turn out to have a good deal in common. In fact, they complement each… Read More

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  10. A Little Book of Love

    A Little Book of Love

    Buddhist Wisdom on Bringing Happiness to Ourselves and Our World

    • by
    • Moh Hardin
    Love is far more than merely an emotion we feel toward our partners, families, and friends; it is a way of being awake in the world, of living beyond the ego. Moh Hardin offers key insights and practices from the Buddhist tradition for awakening, deepening, and expanding love in our lives, starting with ourselves, then moving outward to our partners and children, and ultimately reaching even strangers, perceived enemies, and… Read More

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