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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. Aryadeva's Four Hundred Stanzas on the Middle Way

    Aryadeva's Four Hundred Stanzas on the Middle Way

    With Commentary by Gyel-tsap

    • by
    • Aryadeva,
    • Gyel-tsap,
    • Geshe Sonam Rinchen
    Gyel-tsap Dar-ma-rin-chen states that Aryadeva's Four Hundred Stanzas was written to explain how, according to Nagarjuna, the practice of the stages of yogic deeds enables those with Mahayana motivation to attain Buddhahood. Both Nagarjuna and Aryadeva urge those who want to understand reality to induce direct experience of ultimate truth through philosophic inquiry and reasoning. Aryadeva's text is more than a commentary on Nagarjuna's Treatise on the Middle WayRead More

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  2. Lion of Siddhas

    Lion of Siddhas

    The Life and Teachings of Padampa Sangye

    • by
    • Padampa Sangye
    Best known as Machig Labdron's teacher, the Indian mahasiddha Padampa Sangye is counted as a lineage guru by all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He brought the lineage of Chöd to Tibet, carried the Buddha's teachings to China, and is even asserted in the Tibetan tradition to have been the legendary Bodhidharma. Padampa Sangye's teaching methods were unorthodox and sometimes extreme. This transcendent and irascible teacher encouraged his disciples to… Read More

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  3. A Concise Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism

    A Concise Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism

    • by
    • John Powers
    Lucid and economical, this introductory text delivers a brisk, fast-moving survey of Tibetan Buddhism. For many years Powers's nearly 600-page Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism has served as the field's most authoritative and comprehensive overview of Tibet's distinctive Buddhist tradition. A Concise Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism explains the core Buddhist doctrines and the practices of meditation and tantra and provides a survey of the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism.… Read More

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  4. Tsong-kha-pa's Final Exposition of Wisdom

    Tsong-kha-pa's Final Exposition of Wisdom

    • by
    • Jeffrey Hopkins
    In fourteenth- and fifteenth-century Tibet there was great ferment about what makes enlightenment possible, since systems of self-liberation must show what factors pre-exist in the mind that allow for transformation into a state of freedom from suffering. This controversy about the nature of mind, which persists to the present day, raises many questions. This book first presents the final exposition of special insight by Tsong-kha-pa, the founder of the… Read More

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  5. Meeting the Great Bliss Queen

    Meeting the Great Bliss Queen

    Buddhists, Feminists, and the Art of the Self

    • by
    • Anne Carolyn Klein
    Despite the daunting barriers of geography and language that separate them, Buddhism and contemporary feminism have much to say to each other. Buddhist practices such as mindfulness (in which calm centering and keen awareness of change coexist) and compassion (in which the self is recognized as both powerful in itself and interdependently connected with all others) can be important resources for contemporary women, while feminism can expand the traditional… Read More

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  6. A Truthful Heart

    A Truthful Heart

    Buddhist Practices for Connecting with Others

    • by
    • Jeffrey Hopkins
    The Dalai Lama often says "Kindness is society." By learning to live from a more compassionate viewpoint, Jeffrey Hopkins writes we can create a better life not only for ourselves but for everyone. In A Truthful Heart, Hopkins uses Buddhist meditations (including the Dalai Lama's favorite), visualizations, and entertaining recollections from his own life to guide us in developing an awareness of the capacity for love inside us and… Read More

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  7. Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism

    Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism

    • by
    • John Powers
    This is the most comprehensive and authoritative introduction to Tibetan Buddhism available to date, covering a wide range of topics, including history, doctrines, meditation, practices, schools, religious festivals, and major figures. The revised edition contains expanded discussions of recent Tibetan history and tantra and incorporates important new publications in the field. Beginning with a summary of the Indian origins of Tibetan Buddhism and how it eventually was brought to… Read More

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  8. Tara's Enlightened Activity

    Tara's Enlightened Activity

    An Oral Commentary on "The Twenty-one Praises to Tara"

    • by
    • Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche,
    • Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche
    The female Buddhist deity Tara is an object of devotional worship and meditative practice for Tibetan Buddhists everywhere, both male and female. She clears away fears, overpowers negative emotions, and enables all beings to reach enlightenment. She has special resonance as a source of female spiritual wisdom. Tibetans of all schools and traditions recite the verses on which this commentary is based. Focused contemplative meditation in relation to the myriad… Read More

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  9. Chod Practice Manual and Commentary

    Chod Practice Manual and Commentary

    • by
    • The Fourteenth Karmapa Thekchok Dorje,
    • Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye
    This splendid resource for Chöd practitioners contains the Chöd sadhana written by the Fourteenth Karmapa. This daily practice text is given in three versions: Tibetan, a phonetic rendering of the Tibetan, and English translation. Jamgön Kongtrül's commentary on the sadhana supplies necessary amplification and clarification; it is given both in English and Tibetan. An important feature of the commentary is the inclusion of illustrations for the different stages of visualization… Read More

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  10. Compassionate Action

    Compassionate Action

    • by
    • Chatral Rinpoche
    • edited by
    • Zach Larson
    Chatral Rinpoche, the quintessential "hidden yogi," has been a legend in the Himalayan region for the past seventy years. Although he has never traveled to the West, his amazing story and teachings have gradually been infiltrating the Western Buddhist consciousness since Father Thomas Merton first met him in 1968 and famously remarked that he was "the greatest man I ever met." This is the first English-language book of this living… Read More

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