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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. 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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  2. The Teacup and the Skullcup

    The Teacup and the Skullcup

    Where Zen and Tantra Meet

    • by
    • Chogyam Trungpa
    • edited by
    • Judith L. Lief,
    • David Schneider
    The Teacup and the Skullcup is made up of edited transcripts from two seminars that Chögyam Trungpa gave near the beginning of his North American teaching career in 1974—one in Barnet, Vermont, and one in Boston—called “Zen and Tantra.” Although Trungpa Rinpoche belonged to the tantra tradition, he acknowledged the strength and discipline gained from Zen influence. Through these talks you can see his respect for the Zen tradition and… Read More

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  3. The Relaxed Mind

    The Relaxed Mind

    A Seven-Step Method for Deepening Meditation Practice

    • by
    • Dza Kilung Rinpoche
    In the late 1990s, shortly after arriving in the United States, it became clear to Dza Kilung Rinpoche that his Western students responded to traditional meditation instructions differently from his students back in Asia. The Westerners didn’t know how to relax—our pressured, fast-paced lifestyles carried over into meditation. The Relaxed Mind contains instructions for the seven-phase meditation practice Dza Kilung Rinpoche developed for students in the West. It’s adapted from… Read More

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  4. White Lotus

    White Lotus

    An Explanation of the Seven-Line Prayer to Guru Padmasambhava

    • by
    • Jamgon Mipham
    The text called the “Seven-Line Prayer” is said to contain the most sacred and important teachings of the Nyingma school and is recited daily by many Tibetan Buddhists. White Lotus unlocks the secret of the prayer and explains its meaning on many levels. The author, Jamgön Mipham, was a celebrated nineteenth-century scholar who was known for his prolific, lucid, and original writings on many subjects, including science, medicine, and philosophy—in… Read More

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  5. Tibetan Zen

    Tibetan Zen

    Discovering a Lost Tradition

    • by
    • Sam van Schaik
    Until the early twentieth century, hardly any traces of the Tibetan tradition of Chinese Chan Buddhism, or Zen, remained. Then the discovery of a sealed cave in Dunhuang, full of manuscripts in various languages dating from the first millennium CE, transformed our understanding of early Zen. This book translates some of the earliest surviving Tibetan Zen manuscripts preserved in Dunhuang. The translations illuminate different aspects of the Zen tradition, with… Read More

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  6. Advice from a Yogi

    Advice from a Yogi

    An Explanation of a Tibetan Classic on What Is Most Important

    • by
    • Khenchen Thrangu,
    • Padampa Sangye
    The urgency of spiritual practice has seldom been as simply and powerfully conveyed as it is in Padampa Sangye’s One Hundred Verses. This Tibetan Buddhist classic is an antidote to the tendency we all have to waste our precious human lives. Khenchen Thrangu’s lively commentary on the text brings to light its subtleties and amplifies its applicability to our daily struggles, showing how an understanding of its teaching on impermanence… Read More

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  7. The Fearless Lion's Roar

    The Fearless Lion's Roar

    Profound Instructions on Dzogchen, the Great Perfection

    • by
    • Nyoshul Khenpo
    This volume is a heartfelt, intimate presentation of the entire system of the Nyingma tradition from sutra to tantra to Dzogchen, the Great Perfection, and how through it, modern-day practitioners can succeed in attaining fully realized buddhahood. Inspiring stories of the great masters Longchenpa and Jigme Lingpa kindle the prerequisites of faith and devotion that are the basis for the practices that follow. The Tibetan Buddhist master Nyoshul Khenpo Jamyang… Read More

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  8. Karma

    Karma

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

    • by
    • Traleg Kyabgon
    The Buddha’s teaching on karma (literally, “action”) is nothing other than his compassionate explanation of the way things are: our thoughts and actions determine our future, and therefore we ourselves are largely responsible for the way our lives unfold. Yet this supremely useful teaching is often ignored due to the misconceptions about it that abound in popular culture, especially oversimplifications that make it seem like something not to be taken… Read More

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  9. 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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  10. 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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