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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 Great Exposition of Secret Mantra, Volume 1

    The Great Exposition of Secret Mantra, Volume 1

    Tantra in Tibet (Revised Edition)

    • by
    • H.H. the Fourteenth Dalai Lama,
    • Tsongkhapa
    • edited by
    • Jeffrey Hopkins
    Tantra in Tibet is the first volume in The Great Exposition of Secret Mantra series in which the Dalai Lama offers illuminating commentary on Tsongkhapa’s seminal text on Buddhist tantra. It is followed by Volume II: Deity Yoga and Volume III: Yoga Tantra.This revised work describes the differences between the Mahayana and Hinayana streams in the sutra tradition, and between the sutra tradition and that of tantra generally. It includes… Read More

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  2. A Torch Lighting the Way to Freedom

    A Torch Lighting the Way to Freedom

    Complete Instructions on the Preliminary Practices

    • by
    • Dudjom Rinpoche,
    • Jigdrel Yeshe Dorje
    The foundations of Vajrayana practice are laid out with eloquence and precision here by one of the greatest Tibetan Buddhist masters of our age. His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche’s commentary on the preliminary practices (ngöndro) is informed by his profound realization and wide-ranging scholarship, and illuminated with an array of quotations from the Vinaya, Sutra, and Tantra traditions. In addition to the commentary on the outer and inner preliminary practices, he… Read More

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  3. The Guru Drinks Bourbon?

    The Guru Drinks Bourbon?

    • by
    • Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse
    • edited by
    • Amira Ben-Yehuda
    Devotion to one’s teacher is the lifeblood of the Vajrayana path. Because the guru can and will use whatever means it takes to wake us up, this relationship may require us to drop our most deeply held beliefs and expectations. Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse addresses some of the most misunderstood aspects of this powerful relationship and gives practical advice on making the most of this precious opportunity for transformation. Through stories… Read More

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  4. Our Pristine Mind

    Our Pristine Mind

    A Practical Guide to Unconditional Happiness

    • by
    • Orgyen Chowang
    The true nature of our mind is brilliant, clear, and joyful. But we don’t experience this reality amid the swirl of stresses, thoughts, and emotions of day-to-day life. Our Pristine Mind is a practical guide to uncovering our naturally comfortable state of mind and reconnecting with the unconditional happiness that is already within us. Using straightforward, accessible language, Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche leads us through the path of Pristine Mind meditation,… Read More

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  5. Echoes

    Echoes

    The Boudhanath Teachings

    • by
    • Thinley Norbu
    In colorful, bustling Boudhanath—Buddhism's great pilgrimage site in Nepal—a small group of students gathered to speak with Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche in an informal, relaxed atmosphere. This is the record of their lively dialogue, which the author described as “using the traditional method of question and answer to connect ordinary experience with sublime Dharma in a flexible way.” The contents cover a wide range of inquiry: How should Westerners understand… Read More

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  6. Gypsy Gossip and Other Advice

    Gypsy Gossip and Other Advice

    • by
    • Thinley Norbu
    This book contains the direct counsel and imperishable wisdom speech of Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, one of the great realized Nyingma masters of our age. Many problems arise when modern values clash with the precious teachings of the Buddha. Western Dharma students are faced with obstacles born of materialism, attachment to self, and resistance to traditional doctrines like karma, rebirth, and devotion to the Guru, while Asian students under the… Read More

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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