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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. What Makes You Not a Buddhist

    What Makes You Not a Buddhist

    • by
    • Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse
    So you think you're a Buddhist? Think again. Tibetan Buddhist master Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, one of the most creative and innovative lamas teaching today, throws down the gauntlet to the Buddhist world, challenging common misconceptions, stereotypes, and fantasies. With wit and irony, Khyentse urges readers to move beyond the superficial trappings of Buddhism—beyond the romance with beads, incense, or exotic robes—straight to the heart of what the Buddha taught. … Read More

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  2. Tara's Enlightened Activity

    Tara's Enlightened Activity

    An Oral Commentary on "The Twenty-one Praises to Tara"

    • by
    • Khenchen Palden Sherab,
    • Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal
    The female Buddhist deity Tara is an object of devotional worship and meditative practice for Tibetan Buddhists everywhere, both male and female. She clears away fears, overpowers negative emotions, and enables all beings to reach enlightenment. She has special resonance as a source of female spiritual wisdom. Tibetans of all schools and traditions recite the verses on which this commentary is based. Focused contemplative meditation in relation to the myriad… Read More

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  3. The Great Medicine That Conquers Clinging to the Notion of Reality

    The Great Medicine That Conquers Clinging to the Notion of Reality

    Steps in Meditation on the Enlightened Mind

    • by
    • Shechen Rabjam
    In these inspiring teachings on how to open the heart, a contemporary Tibetan Buddhist master shows us how to change our self-centered attitude and develop concern for the well-being of others. He teaches that when we acknowledge our own wish for happiness, we realize that all beings wish for the same. With a broader perspective, we can develop the strength to extend gratitude and kindness first to those we love,… Read More

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  4. The Heart of Compassion

    The Heart of Compassion

    The Thirty-seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva

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    • Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
    What would be the practical implications of caring more about others than about yourself? This is the radical theme of this extraordinary set of instructions, a training manual composed in the fourteenth century by the Buddhist hermit Ngulchu Thogme, here explained in detail by one of the great Tibetan Buddhist masters of the twentieth century, Dilgo Khyentse. In the Mahayana tradition, those who have the courage to… Read More

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  5. Compassionate Action

    Compassionate Action

    • by
    • Chatral Rinpoche
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    • Zach Larson
    Chatral Rinpoche, the quintessential "hidden yogi," has been a legend in the Himalayan region for the past seventy years. Although he has never traveled to the West, his amazing story and teachings have gradually been infiltrating the Western Buddhist consciousness since Father Thomas Merton first met him in 1968 and famously remarked that he was "the greatest man I ever met." This is the first English-language book of this living… Read More

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  6. Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth

    Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth

    A Tibetan Buddhist Guidebook

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    • Tulku Thondup
    Buddhism teaches that death can be a springboard to enlightenment—yet for all but the most advanced meditators, it will be the gateway to countless future lives of suffering in samsara. Tulku Thondup wrote this guide to help us heal our fear and confusion about death and strengthen our practice in anticipation of this transition, and to help us realize the enlightened goal of ultimate peace and joy—not only for death… Read More

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  7. It's Up to You

    It's Up to You

    The Practice of Self-Reflection on the Buddhist Path

    • by
    • Dzigar Kongtrul
    On the spiritual path we speak of enlightenment. But how do we reconcile the idea of enlightenment with what we see when we look in the mirror—when insecurities, doubts, and self-centered tendencies arise in our minds? Dzigar Kongtrül suggests that we need not feel “doomed” when these experiences surface. In fact, such experiences are not a problem if we are able to simply let them arise without judging them or… Read More

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  8. The Hundred Verses of Advice

    The Hundred Verses of Advice

    Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on What Matters Most

    • by
    • Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche,
    • Padampa Sangye
    This commentary on Padampa Sangye's classic verses of advise to Tibetan villagers of Tingri—by renowned and beloved meditation master Dilgo Khyentse—offers guidance for people trying to lead a dharmic life in the workaday world. These hundred verses, studied for centuries by Tibetans and students of Buddhism, contain a complete survey of the Tibetan Buddhist path. Dilgo Khyentse's lively explication of each stanza brings to light subtleties and amplifies the richness… Read More

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  9. Enlightened Courage

    Enlightened Courage

    An Explanation of the Seven-Point Mind Training

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    • Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
    Highly respected by thousands of students throughout the world, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was one of the foremost poets, scholars, philosophers, and meditation masters of our time. Here he speaks frankly, drawing on his own life experience. Condensing the compassionate path to Buddhahood into practical instructions that use the circumstances of everyday life, Rinpoche presents the Seven-Point Mind Training—the very core of the entire Tibetan Buddhist practice. … Read More

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  10. Dzogchen Teachings

    Dzogchen Teachings

    • by
    • Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
    This book is a rich collection of precious teachings given by the renowned Dzogchen master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu to his students around the world in order to benefit their understanding of the Dzogchen tradition and its value in the modern world. Dzogchen, or the path of Total Perfection, is the essence of Tibetan Buddhism; it is not a religion, tradition, or philosophy. As Chögyal Namkhai Norbu says, "Dzogchen is… Read More

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