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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 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
    Chöying Tobden Dorjé (1787–1848), a Buddhist yogi of far-eastern Tibet, composed a multivolume masterwork that traces the path of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism from beginning to end and that is still cherished as a main source of instruction by the Ngakpa, or non-monastic practice lineages. This first volume—one of six—offers a comprehensive, in-depth view of the foundations of the Buddhist path. Written by a lay practitioner for laypeople,… Read More

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  2. A Brief Fantasy History of a Himalayan

    A Brief Fantasy History of a Himalayan

    Autobiographical Reflections

    • by
    • 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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  3. 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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  4. The Sole Panacea

    The Sole Panacea

    A Brief Commentary on the Seven-Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche That Cures the Suffering of the Sickness of Karma and Defilement

    • by
    • Thinley Norbu
    The moment you invoke me, I, Padmasambhava, Have no choice but to come to bless you. Of all the heartfelt devotional prayers used as a support for Dharma practice, the Seven-Line Prayer is the most essential, often repeated many thousands of times by practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism. This concise prayer invokes the blessings of Padmasambhava, also called Guru Rinpoche (“Precious Teacher”) and known as the Buddha of our… Read More

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  5. Refining Our Perception of Reality

    Refining Our Perception of Reality

    Sera Khandro's Commentary on Dudjom Lingpa's Account of His Visionary Journey

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    • Sera Khandro
    Dakini Sukha Vajra, widely known as Sera Khandro, wrote this commentary of an account by the great Dudjom Lingpa of visions he had of enlightened beings and the teachings he received from them regarding our perception of reality. This book contains four Tibetan texts in translation. First, The Excellent Path to Liberation explains how to give our attention to the teachings, and how to ground our spiritual practice… Read More

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  6. Wondrous Dance of Illusion

    Wondrous Dance of Illusion

    The Autobiography of Khenpo Ngawang Palzang

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    • Khenpo Ngawang Palzang
    Khenpo Ngawang Palzang, also known as Khenpo Ngakchung or Khenpo Ngaga, was one of the great masters in the late nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth centuries. He was an extremely influential teacher who taught some of the great lamas of the next generation, including Kyabje Chatral Rinpoche. Khenpo Ngaga was considered a living emanation of Vimalamitra and Longchenpa. In this autobiography, Khenpo Ngaga tells his… Read More

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  7. Treasury of Precious Qualities: Book Two

    Treasury of Precious Qualities: Book Two

    Vajrayana and the Great Perfection

    • by
    • Longchen Yeshe Dorje, Kangyur Rinpoche,
    • Jigme Lingpa
    This second and concluding volume of Jigme Lingpa’s classic Treasury of Precious Qualities is presented together with a detailed commentary by Kangyur Rinpoche. Composed in the form of a lamrim, or presentation of the stages of the path, the first volume set out the teachings of the sutras. The present volume continues this same structure and is a general description of the tantra teachings followed by an exposition of the… Read More

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  8. The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma

    The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma

    • edited by
    • Judith L. Lief
    The three volumes of this extraordinary work present a complete map of the Tibetan Buddhist path from beginning to end, as taught by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. It is based on the teachings presented at the annual three-month meditation and study retreats known as the Vajradhatu Seminaries, which he led every summer from 1973 to 1986. This remarkable material—which has never before been published—presents Trungpa Rinpoche's teaching on the… Read More

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  9. The Tantric Path of Indestructible Wakefulness (volume 3)

    The Tantric Path of Indestructible Wakefulness (volume 3)

    The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma

    • by
    • Chogyam Trungpa
    • edited by
    • Judith L. Lief
    The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma represents meditation master Chögyam Trungpa’s greatest contribution to Western Buddhism. This three-volume collection presents in lively, relevant language the comprehensive teachings of the Tibetan Buddhist path of the hinayana, mahayana, and vajrayana. This work will resonate with new students of Buddhism as well as the most senior students. The third volume, The Tantric Path of Indestructible Wakefulness, presents the vajrayana… Read More

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  10. Penetrating Wisdom

    Penetrating Wisdom

    The Aspiration of Samantabhadra

    • by
    • Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
    The reason we rely on the Vajra master is that we have already tried many different methods to wake ourselves up, but none of them really worked. We set our alarm clock for the next morning and then in the morning it beeps with a very unconfident beep. When this feeble beep happens, our great samsaric command is to move a hand with tremendous habitual power and press the… Read More

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