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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. The Life of Longchenpa

    The Life of Longchenpa

    The Omniscient Dharma King of the Vast Expanse

    • by
    • Jampa Mackenzie Stewart
    Renowned as a peerless teacher, practitioner, and scholar, Longchenpa thoroughly studied and mastered every one of the many Buddhist vehicles and lineages of teachings existing in Tibet at his time. Through his radiant intellect and meditative accomplishment, in both his teachings and written works, he was able to reconcile the seeming discrepancies and contradictions between the various presentations of the view and the path within the many lineages of… Read More

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  5. Stillness, Insight, and Emptiness

    Stillness, Insight, and Emptiness

    Buddhist Meditation from the Ground Up

    • by
    • Lama Dudjom Dorjee
    Developing an effective meditation practice is the first step toward discerning the true nature of mind and reality as taught by Buddha Shakyamuni. In Stillness, Insight, and Emptiness, Lama Dudjom Dorjee offers instructions that will help beginning meditators establish a firm foundation in the practices that lead to direct realization. Topics such as finding the best meditation posture, learning to direct and focus the attention, expanding the mind’s scope, and… Read More

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  6. Living Beautifully

    Living Beautifully

    with Uncertainty and Change

    • by
    • Pema Chodron
    We live in difficult times. Life sometimes seems like a turbulent river threatening to drown us and destroy the world. Why, then, shouldn’t we cling to the certainty of the shore—to our familiar patterns and habits? Because, Pema Chödrön teaches, that kind of fear-based clinging keeps us from the infinitely more satisfying experience of being fully alive. The teachings she presents here—known as the “Three Commitments”—provide a wealth of wisdom… Read More

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  7. Opening the Treasure of the Profound

    Opening the Treasure of the Profound

    Teachings on the Songs of Jigten Sumgon and Milarepa

    • by
    • Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche
    • edited by
    • Khenmo Trinlay Chodron
    Spiritual teachings in the form of songs—spontaneous expressions of deep wisdom and understanding that reveal the nature of reality—have been treasured since the dawn of Buddhism in India. In Opening the Treasure of the Profound, Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen translates nine such songs, by Milarepa and Jigten Sumgön, and then explains them in contemporary terms. His insights take the Buddha’s ancient wisdom out of the realm of the intellectual and directly… Read More

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  8. The Best Buddhist Writing 2013

    The Best Buddhist Writing 2013

    • edited by
    • Melvin McLeod,
    • Editors of the Shambhala Sun
    A thought-provoking collection of the most notable and insightful Buddhism-inspired writing published in the last year: Thich Nhat Hanh’s vision for a more enlightened and sustainable society Ezra Bayda on avoiding the pitfalls that arise on the path of meditation Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s powerful Dzogchen practices that help you to discover your mind’s inherent awareness and clarity… Read More

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  9. Training the Wisdom Body

    Training the Wisdom Body

    Buddhist Yogic Exercise

    • by
    • Rose Taylor Goldfield
    Sitting still in meditation may be the common image that comes to mind when one thinks of Buddhist practice—but just as important is cultivation of awareness through movement. The traditional Tibetan practice of yogic exercises known as lujong helps us connect with and explore the natural wisdom inherent in our living, breathing, feeling bodies. Lujong is an exercise that engages our whole being—body, mind, and subtle body—from the coarse… Read More

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  10. Nagarjuna's Letter to a Friend

    Nagarjuna's Letter to a Friend

    With Commentary by Kyabje Kangyur Rinpoche

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    • Nagarjuna
    The great Indian Buddhist master Nagarjuna wrote his celebrated poem Letter to a Friend as a gift of advice to a South Indian king, and it has since become a monument in the Indian shastra tradition. Despite its short length (only 123 verses), it covers the entire Mahayana path, combining a practical approach to daily conduct with a theoretical exposition of the different stages leading to enlightenment. It has thus… Read More

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