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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. Pointing Out the Dharmakaya

    Pointing Out the Dharmakaya

    Teachings on the Ninth Karmapa's Text

    • by
    • Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche
    • edited by
    • Takpo Tashi Namgyal
    At the heart of successful Mahamudra practice is the ability to understand the nature of mind. The Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje (1556–1603) was the acknowledged master of this approach. No more authoritative or useful instructions exist than in his three definitive texts on Mahamudra, of which this easy-to-use manual is the shortest and most practical. Pointing Out the Dharmakaya is an indispensable companion to The Ocean of Definitive Meaning,… Read More

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  2. 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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  3. Jamgon Mipam

    Jamgon Mipam

    His Life and Teachings

    • by
    • Douglas Duckworth,
    • Jamgon Mipham
    Jamgön Mipam (1846–1912) is one of the most extraordinary figures in the history of Tibet. Monk, mystic, and brilliant philosopher, he shaped the trajectory of Tibetan Buddhism’s Nyingma school. This introduction provides a most concise entrée to this great luminary’s life and work. The first section gives a general context for understanding this remarkable individual who, though he spent the greater part of his life in solitary retreat,… Read More

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  4. Where Is Tibet?

    Where Is Tibet?

    A Story in Tibetan and English

    • by
    • Gina Halpern
    "Where is Tibet?" is really a way of asking "Where is happiness?" Gina Halpern's enchanting book takes children on a double journey: to a real country, and into their own hearts. Brilliantly illustrated with Tibetan images and colors, this sensitively rendered, cross-cultural book follows the search of a refugee Tibetan boy and girl for their native Himalayan land. The children could be two of the real exiled children now… Read More

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  5. Tibetan Yogas of Body, Speech, and Mind

    Tibetan Yogas of Body, Speech, and Mind

    • by
    • Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
    • edited by
    • Polly Turner
    Understanding how our actions, words, and thoughts interact enhances our ability to progress in spiritual practice and brings us closer to self-realization. In a warm, informal style Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche opens up Tibetan meditation practice to both beginners and experienced students, placing as much emphasis on practice as on knowledge. Depending on the sources of the problems in our lives, he offers practices that work with the body, speech,… Read More

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  6. Everyday Consciousness and Primordial Awareness

    Everyday Consciousness and Primordial Awareness

    • by
    • Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche
    • edited by
    • Susanne Schefczyk
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  7. Dharma Paths

    Dharma Paths

    • by
    • Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
    • edited by
    • Laura M. Roth
    Since its initial publication, Dharma Paths has quietly gained a reputation as one of the most useful introductory texts on Tibetan Buddhism. Assuming no prior background or knowledge of Buddhist terminology, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche presents Buddhist ways of working with anxiety and frustration, the nature and development of love and compassion, and the profound methods of the vajrayana. The Four Noble Truths, taking refuge, and the Stages of the… Read More

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  8. How to Practice Shamatha Meditation

    How to Practice Shamatha Meditation

    The Cultivation of Meditative Quiescence

    • by
    • Gen Lamrimpa
    • edited by
    • Hart Sprager
    In 1988, Gen Lamrimpa, a Tibetan monk, led a one-year retreat in the Pacific Northwest, during which a group of Western meditators devoted themselves to the practice of meditative quiescence (shamatha). This book is a record of the oral teachings he gave to this group at the outset of the retreat. The teachings are brought to life by Gen Lamrimpa's warmth, humor, and extensive personal experience as a contemplative… Read More

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  9. The Three Silver Coins

    The Three Silver Coins

    A Story from Tibet

    • by
    • Veronica Leo,
    • Tashi Daknewa
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  10. Preparing for Tantra

    Preparing for Tantra

    Creating the Psychological Ground for Practice

    • by
    • Rob Preece
    The preliminary practices of Tantra aren't a hurdle to be gotten through in order to get somewhere else; they're an extraordinarily rich collection of practices which have much to offer as a means of cultivating and maturing the practitioner's psychological ground. They can enable experiences to unfold, and they can clear the way when there seem to be problems or hindrances practitioners are struggling with. In Preparing for Tantra,Read More

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