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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. Sunlight Speech That Dispels the Darkness of Doubt

    Sunlight Speech That Dispels the Darkness of Doubt

    Sublime Prayers, Praises, and Practices of the Nyingma Masters

    From the noble lotus pond of pure conduct,The swan of intelligence calls.By the white wings of the three practices of the teachings, May all wise sentient beings be happy.—Kunkhyen LongchenpaWith the wish to inspire and motivate practitioners, Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche has translated a selection of wisdom teachings into direct and simple English that retains the power of the original writings and their emphasis on practice. The authors are five… Read More

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  2. Strand of Jewels

    Strand of Jewels

    My Teachers’ Essential Guidance on Dzogchen

    • by
    • Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche
    The teachings in this book are the distillation of a lifetime’s commitment to Dzogchen realization and practice. Here, Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche teaches from “the top of the mountain down.” That is, he offers to Western readers with varying levels of experience the peak of Dzogchen wisdom, largely from hermit masters unknown in the West. He also connects Dzogchen with early Indian Abhidharma teachings and presents the various meanings of Mahamudra… Read More

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  3. The Complete Nyingma Tradition from Sutra to Tantra, Books 1 to 10

    The Complete Nyingma Tradition from Sutra to Tantra, Books 1 to 10

    Foundations of the Buddhist Path

    • by
    • Choying Tobden Dorje
    In 1838, Choying Tobden Dorje, a Buddhist yogi-scholar of eastern Tibet, completed a multivolume masterwork that traces the entire path of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism from beginning to end. Written by a lay practitioner for laypeople, it was intended to be accessible, informative, inspirational, and above all, practical. Its twenty-five books, or topical divisions, offer a comprehensive and detailed view of the Buddhist path according to the… Read More

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  4. When the Clouds Part

    When the Clouds Part

    The Uttaratantra and Its Meditative Tradition as a Bridge between Sutra and Tantra

    “Buddha nature” (tathāgatagarbha) is the innate potential in all living beings to become a fully awakened buddha. This book discusses a wide range of topics connected with the notion of buddha nature as presented in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and includes an overview of the sūtra sources of the tathāgatagarbha teachings and the different ways of explaining the meaning of this term. It includes new translations of the Maitreya treatise Mahāyānottaratantra (Ratnagotravibhāga),… Read More

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  5. The Royal Seal of Mahamudra

    The Royal Seal of Mahamudra

    Volume One: A Guidebook for the Realization of Coemergence

    • by
    • Khamtrul Rinpoche III
    This guidebook for cultivating the meditative practices of stability and insight—the first major work from the Drukpa Kagyu lineage to become available in English—stands out among works of its kind as one of the clearest and most comprehensive presentations of coemergence, or mahamudra. In it, the eighteenth-century Tibetan master Ngawang Kunga Tenzin, the Third Khamtrul Rinpoche, details a step-by-step program of spiritual exercises that bring the meditator directly to… Read More

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  6. The Heart Sutra

    The Heart Sutra

    A Comprehensive Guide to the Classic of Mahayana Buddhism

    • by
    • Kazuaki Tanahashi
    The Prajna Paramita Hridaya Sutra is among the best known of all the Buddhist scriptures. Chanted daily by many Zen students, it is also studied extensively in the Tibetan tradition, and it has been regarded with interest more recently in the West in various fields of study—from philosophy to quantum physics. In just thirty-five lines, it expresses the truth of impermanence and the release from suffering that results from the… Read More

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  7. The Profound Inner Principles

    The Profound Inner Principles

    With Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye's Commentary Illuminating "The Profound Principles"

    • by
    • The Third Karmapa
    With masterful clarity and precision, The Profound Inner Principles delineates the principles and foundations of Vajrayāna practice. Rangjung Dorje presents the nature of things—mental and physical—and looks at the cause of delusion, what delusion creates, and how delusion is corrected. His explanations capture the principles of the Vajrayāna’s niruttara tantras, with a special focus on the structure and functioning of the body. Just as sugatagarbha, or buddha nature, is the… Read More

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  8. A Brief Fantasy History of a Himalayan

    A Brief Fantasy History of a Himalayan

    Autobiographical Reflections

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    • Thinley Norbu
    In this autobiographical narrative, Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche sets a magical scene as he describes his early years in “Snowland” (Tibet) as one of seven children of the renowned Nyingma master Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche. After touching on his youthful training and experiences, Rinpoche describes how he traveled and taught in many different nations and cities in the East and West. Shifting between poetic observations and earthy humor, he shares… Read More

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  9. Ornament of the Great Vehicle Sutras

    Ornament of the Great Vehicle Sutras

    Maitreya's Mahayanasutralamkara with Commentaries by Khenpo Shenga and Ju Mipham

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    • Maitreya
    The Buddhist masterpiece Ornament of the Great Vehicle Sūtras, often referred to by its Sanskrit title, Mahāyānasūtrālaṃkāra, is part of a collection known as the Five Maitreya Teachings, a set of philosophical works that have become classics of the Indian Buddhist tradition. Maitreya, the Buddha’s regent, is held to have entrusted these profound and vast instructions to the master Asaṅga in the heavenly realm of Tuṣita.The Ornament provides a comprehensive… Read More

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  10. The Practice of Dzogchen

    The Practice of Dzogchen

    Longchen Rabjam's Writings on the Great Perfection

    • by
    • Longchenpa
    • edited by
    • Harold Talbott
    This classic collection of texts on the meditation practice and theory of Dzogchen presents the Great Perfection through the writings of its supreme authority, the fourteenth-century Tibetan scholar and visionary Longchen Rabjam. The pinnacle of Vajrayana practice in the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, Dzogchen embodies a system of training that awakens the intrinsic nature of the mind to reveal its original essence, utterly perfect and free from all… Read More

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