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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. Adorning Maitreya’s Intent

    Adorning Maitreya’s Intent

    Arriving at the View of Nonduality

    • by
    • Rongtonpa
    According to tradition, Distinguishing the Middle from the Extremes (Madhyāntavibhāga) was revealed by Maitreya to Asaṅga, and the radical view it presents forever changed the way Mahayana Buddhists perceive reality. Here, the Tibetan master Rongtön unpacks this manual and its practices for us in a way that is at once accessible and profound, with actual practical meditative applications. The work explains the vast paths of the three vehicles of Buddhism,… Read More

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  2. Good Karma

    Good Karma

    How to Create the Causes of Happiness and Avoid the Causes of Suffering

    • by
    • Thubten Chodron
    Why do things happen the way they do in our lives? How do we create the causes for a happy life? The Buddhist practice of mind training gives us the answer to these questions: it involves overcoming our self-centered attitude and replacing it with an attitude that cherishes others. This, in turn, leads us to act in ways that naturally lead away from suffering and toward happiness—in short, to create… Read More

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  3. Glimpses of the Profound

    Glimpses of the Profound

    Four Short Works

    • by
    • Chogyam Trungpa
    At the beginning of his North American teaching career, Chögyam Trungpa conducted five pivotal seminars on various dharmic topics. The teachings from these seminars—originally published as four separate volumes and including Q&A—are now available in this single volume:“Glimpses of Mahayana,” on the discovery and characteristics of buddha nature“Glimpses of Shunyata,” on the central mahayana teaching of emptiness“Glimpses of Space,” on the inseparability of the vastness of the feminine principle and… Read More

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  4. A Study of Svatantrika

    A Study of Svatantrika

    • by
    • Donald S. Lopez Jr.
    A Study of Svātantrika represents an important contribution to our understanding of Mādhyamika philosophy in India and Tibet. The Mādhyamika is considered to have two subschools, Svātantrika and Prāsaṅgika. The Prāsaṅgika school of Candrakīrti is better known than Svātantrika, in part because the major Svātantrika texts are preserved only in Tibetan translation. The Svātantrikas, however, made important contributions to Buddhist philosophy in their expositions of the nature of reality, the… Read More

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  5. Buddhist Philosophy

    Buddhist Philosophy

    Losang Gonchok's Short Commentary to Jamyang Shayba's Root Text on Tenets

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    • Daniel Cozort,
    • Craig Preston
    What are the most important points of difference between the major schools of Buddhist philosophy? This rich, medium-length survey offers a lively answer. The introduction, aimed at those new to Buddhist thought, sets up a dialogue between the schools on the most controversial topics in Buddhist philosophy. Jamyang Shayba was the greatest Tibetan writer on philosophical tenets. Losang Gonchok's Clear Crystal Mirror, a concise commentary on Jamyang Shayba's root text,… Read More

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