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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 Wisdom Chapter

    The Wisdom Chapter

    Jamgön Mipham’s Commentary on the Ninth Chapter of The Way of the Bodhisattva

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    • Jamgon Mipham
    Shāntideva’s guide to the training of a Bodhisattva is one of the most important and beloved texts in the Tibetan tradition. The ninth chapter, however, dealing with Madhyamaka, the Middle Way, the most profound wisdom view of Mahayana Buddhism, has always posed unique challenges to readers. This commentary by the great scholar Mipham Rinpoche presents in quite straightforward terms Shāntideva’s exposition of emptiness, the essential foundation of all Buddhist doctrine,… Read More

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  2. Entering the Way of the Great Vehicle

    Entering the Way of the Great Vehicle

    Dzogchen as the Culmination of the Mahāyanā

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    • Rongzom Chokyi Zangpo
    Rongzom Chökyi Zangpo wrote this treatise in the eleventh century during the renaissance of Buddhism in Tibet that was spurred by the influx of new translations of Indian Buddhist texts, tantras, and esoteric transmissions from India. For political and religious reasons, adherents of the “new schools” of Tibetan Buddhism fostered by these new translations cast the older tradition of lineages and transmissions as impure and decadent. Rongzompa composed the work… Read More

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  3. Embracing Each Moment

    Embracing Each Moment

    A Guide to the Awakened Life

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    • Anam Thubten
    The awakened life is the essence and aim of the Buddhist teachings, according to Anam Thubten, and this book is a guide to cultivating the awakened mind and heart that allows this wonderful kind of life to happen. He illuminates the path to awakened living in a way that’s concise and completely accessible to anyone of any background—reflective of the diverse backgrounds of the students who attend his popular talks… Read More

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  4. A Garland of Views

    A Garland of Views

    A Guide to View, Meditation, and Result in the Nine Vehicles

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    • Padmasambhava,
    • Jamgon Mipham
    A Garland of Views presents both a concise commentary by the eighth-century Indian Buddhist master Padmasambhava on a chapter from the Guhyagarbha Tantra on the different Buddhist and non-Buddhist philosophical views, including the Great Perfection (Dzogchen), and an explicative commentary on Padmasambhava’s text by the nineteenth-century scholar Jamgön Mipham (1846–1912).Padmasambhava’s text is a core text of the Nyingma tradition because it provides the basis for the system of nine vehicles… Read More

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  5. The Complete Nyingma Tradition from Sutra to Tantra, Books 15 to 17

    The Complete Nyingma Tradition from Sutra to Tantra, Books 15 to 17

    The Essential Tantras of Mahayoga

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    • Choying Tobden Dorje
    In 1838, Choying Tobden Dorje, a yogin and scholar of northeastern Tibet, completed a multivolume masterwork that traces the entire path of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism from beginning to end. Written by a mantra practitioner for the benefit of mantra practitioners living among the lay community, it was intended to be informative, inspirational, and above all, practical. Its twenty-five books, or topical divisions, offer a comprehensive and detailed… Read More

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  6. The Bodhisattva Path to Unsurpassed Enlightenment

    The Bodhisattva Path to Unsurpassed Enlightenment

    A Complete Translation of the Bodhisattvabhumi

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    • Asanga
    Ārya Asanga’s Bodhisattvabhūmi, or The Stage of a Bodhisattva, is the Mahāyāna tradition’s most comprehensive manual on the practice and training of bodhisattvas—by the author’s own account, a compilation of the full range of instructions contained in the entire collection of Mahāyāna sutras. A classic work of the Yogācāra school, it has been cherished in Tibet by all the historical Buddhist lineages as a primary source of instruction on bodhisattva… Read More

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  7. 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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  8. 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

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    • 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 early… Read More

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  9. 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 stories… Read More

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  10. 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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