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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. 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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  2. The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate

    The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate

    An Asian Approach to Analytical Thinking Drawn from Indian and Tibetan Sources

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    • Daniel E. Perdue
    Buddhism is a wisdom tradition. It asserts that we are liberated by the power of our own understanding. The three purposes of Buddhist debate are to defeat your own and others’ misconceptions, to establish your own correct view, and to clear away objections to your view. It is like the approach of a physician—to remove what does not belong and to strengthen what does. Thus, for Buddhists, reasoning and… Read More

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  3. Buton's History of Buddhism in India and Its Spread to Tibet

    Buton's History of Buddhism in India and Its Spread to Tibet

    A Treasury of Priceless Scripture

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    • Buton Rinchen Drup
    This fourteenth-century Tibetan classic serves as an excellent introduction to basic Buddhism as practiced throughout India and Tibet and describes the process of entering the Buddhist path through study and reflection. It begins with setting forth the structure of Buddhist education and the range of its subjects, and we’re treated to a rousing litany of the merits of such instruction. We’re then introduced to the buddhas of our world… Read More

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  4. King of the Empty Plain

    King of the Empty Plain

    The Tibetan Iron-Bridge Builder Tangtong Gyalpo

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    • Cyrus Stearns
    King of the Empty Plain is familiar to every Tibetan yet nearly unknown in the rest of the world. Tangtong Gyalpo's incredible lifespan, profound teachings, unprecedented engineering feats, eccentric deeds, and creation of Tibetan opera have earned this fascinating figure a unique status in Tibetan culture. Believed to be the great Indian master Padmasambhava appearing again in the world to benefit living beings, he discovered techniques for achieving longevity that… Read More

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  5. Treasury of Esoteric Instructions

    Treasury of Esoteric Instructions

    An Explication of the Oral Instructions of the Path with the Result

    • by
    • Lama Dampa Sonam Gyaltsen,
    • Virupa
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    • Cyrus Stearns
    The Lamdré, or the Path with the Result, is the most important system of tantric practice in the Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. The goddess Vajra Nairatmya first transmitted these teachings to the Indian adept Virupa (ca. seventh–eighth centuries) who then composed the Vajra Lines. Virupa’s words were transmitted orally until the Tibetan master Sachen Kunga Nyingpo (1092–1158) wrote eleven commentaries to explain them. Two hundred years later in… Read More

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