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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. The Second Dalai Lama

    The Second Dalai Lama

    His Life and Teachings

    • edited by
    • Glenn H. Mullin
    The Second Dalai Lama's writings and biography are brought vividly to life in this extraordinary book by the renowned translator Glenn Mullin through a selection of the Second Dalai Lama's ecstatic outpourings of enlightened teaching. He gives us a glimpse into the visionary life of this outspoken and unconventional Dalai Lama. Mullin provides a readable and comprehensive introduction to the life and times of the Second Dalai Lama, and… Read More

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  2. Transforming Adversity into Joy and Courage

    Transforming Adversity into Joy and Courage

    An Explanation of the Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas

    • by
    • Geshe Jampa Tegchok
    • edited by
    • Thubten Chodron
    A practical and inspiring guide for developing our ability to be happy and benefit others this commentary on The Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas by Gyalsay Togme Sangpo is studied by followers of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. The root text gives in thirty-seven short verses the essential practices leading to enlightenment. Gyalsay Togme Sangpo (1295-1369) was renowned as a bodhisattva in Tibet and revered for living according to the… Read More

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  3. The Pocket Tibetan Buddhism Reader

    The Pocket Tibetan Buddhism Reader

    • edited by
    • Reginald A. Ray
    This pocket-sized reader will be cherished by students of Tibetan Buddhism as well as the many readers of such popular books as The Art of Happiness, When Things Fall Apart, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, and Awakening the Buddha Within. This unique collection features short inspirational selections and pithy quotations from the great masters of Tibetan Buddhism, past and present, including Milarepa,… Read More

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  4. Buddhist Philosophy

    Buddhist Philosophy

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

    • by
    • 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… Read More

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  5. The Wheel of Time Sand Mandala

    The Wheel of Time Sand Mandala

    Visual Scripture of Tibetan Buddhism

    • by
    • Barry Bryant
    Here is a stunning visual introduction to the artistic and spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism. According to the monks who create it, the Kalachakra Sand Mandala, also known as the "Wheel of Time," imparts peace and healing to all beings and to the planet. Remarkable not only for its profound beauty but also for the intricate process of its construction—a delicate sifting of colored sands into elaborate patterns and… Read More

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  6. Meditations of a Tibetan Tantric Abbot
  7. The Bodhisattva Vow

    The Bodhisattva Vow

    • by
    • Geshe Sonam Rinchen
    • edited by
    • Ruth Sonam
    Before the Dalai Lama bestows the Bodhisattva vow, he often teaches the short text known as the Twenty Verses on the Bodhisattva Vow by the Indian master Chandragomin. Chandragomin's text discusses some of the most important features regarding the vow, such as from whom it should be taken, how one should prepare for receiving it, what constitutes transgressions of the vow, and how they should be purified. In clear and… Read More

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  8. The Nature of Things

    The Nature of Things

    Emptiness and Essence in the Geluk World

    • by
    • William A. Magee
    Nature is a topic in many Indian and Tibetan philosophical texts, although its meaning varies considerably in both Hindu and Buddhist scriptures. The discussion of nature pursued in this book begins with Nagarjuna (first century), founder of the Middle Way School, who refuted a fabricated nature in his Treatise on the Middle. In that seminal text, he puts forth the three basic criteria for nature: it must be something… Read More

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  9. Gems of Wisdom from the Seventh Dalai Lama

    Gems of Wisdom from the Seventh Dalai Lama

    • by
    • The Seventh Dalai Lama
    The Seventh Dalai Lama was one of the most beloved Buddhist masters. He had an outrageous sense of humor, which found its way into his spiritual compositions. His popular Gems of Wisdom contains spontaneous verses employing earthy metaphors to illustrate key points. He uses metaphors like farts, body odor, slimy monsters, and mindless lunatics to present the teachings. Simple yet direct, his language captures the spirituality of his vision… Read More

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  10. Appearance and Reality

    Appearance and Reality

    The Two Truths in the Four Buddhist Tenet Systems

    • by
    • Guy Newland
    When someone seeks to understand Buddhism, where should that person start? With the meaning of taking refuge in the three jewels? With the four noble truths? The Dalai Lama, when asked this question, suggested that for many in the West today, understanding the two truths—conventional truth and ultimate truth—is the best place to start. When the Buddha awoke from the dream we still dream, he saw the ultimate… Read More

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