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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 Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa

    The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa

    A New Translation

    • by
    • Tsangnyon Heruka
    Milarepa (1040–1123) is perhaps the best-known and most beloved religious figure in Tibetan Buddhism, celebrated throughout the Tibetan Buddhist world with the recitation of his teaching songs by monastics and laypeople alike. The archetype of the ordinary being who overcomes nearly insurmountable obstacles on the spiritual path through the sheer force of effort, faith, and perseverance, he is remembered for having achieved enlightenment “in a single lifetime.”This volume, like its… Read More

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  2. The Revolutionary Life of Freda Bedi

    The Revolutionary Life of Freda Bedi

    British Feminist, Indian Nationalist, Buddhist Nun

    • by
    • Vicki Mackenzie
    She was the first Western woman to become a Tibetan Buddhist nun—but that pioneering ordination was really just one in a life full of revolutionary acts. Freda Bedi (1911–1977) broke the rules of gender, race, and religion—in many cases before it was thought that the rules were ready to be challenged. She was at various times a force in the struggle for Indian independence, spiritual seeker, scholar, professor, journalist, author,… Read More

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  3. Milarepa

    Milarepa

    Lessons from the Life and Songs of Tibet’s Great Yogi

    • by
    • Chogyam Trungpa
    • edited by
    • Judith L. Lief
    He went from being the worst kind of malevolent sorcerer to a devoted and ascetic Buddhist practitioner to a completely enlightened being all in a single lifetime. The story of Milarepa (1040–1123) is a tale of such extreme and powerful transformation that it might be thought not to have much direct application to our own less dramatic lives—but Chögyam Trungpa shows otherwise. This collection of his teachings on the life… Read More

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. History of the Karmapas

    History of the Karmapas

    The Odyssey of the Tibetan Masters with the Black Crown

    • by
    • Lama Kunsang,
    • Lama Pemo,
    • Marie Aubele
    • edited by
    • Maureen Lander
    Masters of esoteric knowledge and miraculous practices, the lineage of the Karmapas is the earliest of all the recognized incarnate lineages and is said to descend from the great Indian tantric master Tilopa through a chain that includes Naropa, Marpa, and Milarepa. The Karmapas are distinguished by their black crowns, said to have been woven by dakinis and symbolizing the activity of the buddhas. Unlike other Tibetan Buddhist lineage… Read More

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  7. Incarnation

    Incarnation

    The History and Mysticism of the Tulku Tradition of Tibet

    • by
    • Tulku Thondup
    A tulku is a fully enlightened one (buddha) or highly accomplished adept (siddha) who chooses to be reborn again and again for the benefit of all beings. Most tulkus, though, are the rebirths of well-trained masters who are engaged in spiritual training and serving others. Tibetan Buddhists have, for well over a millennium, been meticulously following the tradition of finding, recognizing, enthroning, training, and venerating these revered figures who provide… Read More

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  8. The Clear Mirror

    The Clear Mirror

    A Traditional Account of Tibet's Golden Age

    • by
    • Sakyapa Sonam Gyaltsen
    A rich blend of history, legend, poetry, adventure, and romance, The Clear Mirror is a treasure-trove of traditional Tibetan narrative and folk wisdom. It presents in full the often-cited but elusive accounts of the origins of the Tibetan people, the coming of the Dharma to Tibet, and the appearance of Avalokiteshvara as the patron deity of Tibet. The text treats the era during which Buddhism came to Tibet, Lhasa became… Read More

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  9. Princess in the Land of Snows

    Princess in the Land of Snows

    The Life of Jamyang Sakya in Tibet

    • by
    • Jamyang Sakya,
    • Julie Emery
    This is the story of a determined woman who overcame great obstacles in order to achieve religious freedom. Born in eastern Tibet, Jamyang Sakya married into the powerful Sakya family, spiritual advisers of Kublai Khan and for years rulers of much of Central Asia. Her engaging personal story evokes a rich vision of Tibet's traditional culture, customs, and religious practices. Jamyang Sakya tells of being the only girls in… Read More

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  10. History of the Sixteen Karmapas of Tibet

    History of the Sixteen Karmapas of Tibet

    • by
    • Karma Thinley
    The Karmapa is the spiritual leader of the Karma Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The present Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, is the sixteenth of the line which began with Dusum Khyenpa, the first Karmapa, in the twelfth century. Karma Thinley presents the biographies of all the Karmapas, based on his translations from numerous Tibetan sources. These biographies are not only histories of the training and teaching of these great teachers;… Read More

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