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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. Preparing to Die

    Preparing to Die

    Practical Advice and Spiritual Wisdom from the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition

    • by
    • Andrew Holecek
    We all face death, but how many of us are actually ready for it? Whether our own death or that of a loved one comes first, how prepared are we, spiritually or practically? In Preparing to Die, Andrew Holecek presents a wide array of resources to help the reader address this unfinished business. Part One shows how to prepare one’s mind and how to help others, before, during, and… Read More

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  2. Your Mind Is Your Teacher
  3. Dakini Power

    Dakini Power

    Twelve Extraordinary Women Shaping the Transmission of Tibetan Buddhism in the West

    • by
    • Michaela Haas
    What drives a young London librarian to board a ship to India, meditate in a remote cave by herself for twelve years, and then build a flourishing nunnery in the Himalayas? How does a surfer girl from Malibu become the head of the main international organization for Buddhist women? Why does the daughter of a music executive in Santa Monica dream so vividly of peacocks one night that she chases… Read More

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  4. Don't Believe Everything You Think

    Don't Believe Everything You Think

    Living with Wisdom and Compassion

    • by
    • Thubten Chodron
    It can be hard for those of us living in the twenty-first century to see how fourteenth-century Buddhist teachings still apply. When you’re trying to figure out which cell phone plan to buy or brooding about something someone wrote about you on Facebook, lines like “While the enemy of your own anger is unsubdued, though you conquer external foes, they will only increase” can seem a little obscure. Thubten… Read More

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  5. Kindness, Clarity, and Insight

    Kindness, Clarity, and Insight

    • by
    • H.H. the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
    • edited by
    • Jeffrey Hopkins,
    • Elizabeth S. Napper
    This beloved classic brings together in one volume all the major themes of the Dalai Lama’s teachings. Drawn from the lectures he gave during his first three visits to North America, the book covers the core subject matter of Tibetan Buddhism, as presented for the first time to an English-speaking audience. The chapters are arranged developmentally from simple to complex topics, which include the luminous nature of the mind, the… Read More

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  6. The Heart Attack Sutra

    The Heart Attack Sutra

    A New Commentary on the Heart Sutra

    • by
    • Karl Brunnholzl
    The radical message of the Heart Sūtra, one of Buddhism's most famous texts, is a sweeping attack on everything we hold most dear: our troubles, the world as we know it, even the teachings of the Buddha himself. Several of the Buddha's followers are said to have suffered heart attacks and died when they first heard its assertion of the basic groundlessness of our existence—hence the title of this book.… Read More

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  7. The Magic of Awareness

    The Magic of Awareness

    • by
    • Anam Thubten
    • edited by
    • Sharon Roe
    The paradox of awareness is very profound and yet very simple. It can't be described because it has no objective qualities and no limitation. Sometimes it comes naturally to the surface when we are fully in the present moment and no longer lost in thought or mental projections. Pure consciousness is neither high nor low, neither pleasant nor unpleasant, neither good nor bad. No matter where we are, no matter… Read More

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  8. The Seven-Point Mind Training

    The Seven-Point Mind Training

    A Tibetan Method for Cultivating Mind and Heart

    • by
    • B. Alan Wallace
    • edited by
    • Zara Houshmand
    In this society, with its hurly-burly pace demanding of our time, it is ever so easy to let life slip by. Looking back after ten, twenty, thirty, years—we wonder what we have really accomplished. The process of simply existing is not necessarily meaningful. And yet there is an unlimited potential for meaning and value in this human existence. The Seven-Point Mind Training is one eminently practical way of tapping… Read More

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  9. 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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  10. Pointing Out the Dharmakaya

    Pointing Out the Dharmakaya

    Teachings on the Ninth Karmapa's Text

    • by
    • Khenchen Thrangu
    • 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, the… Read More

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