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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 Buddha from Dolpo

    The Buddha from Dolpo

    A Study of the Life and Thought of the Tibetan Master Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen

    • by
    • Cyrus Stearns
    The Buddha from Dölpo is a revised and enlarged edition of the only book about the most controversial Buddhist master in the history of Tibet, Dölpopa Sherab Gyaltsen (1292–1361), who became perhaps the greatest Tibetan expert of the Kalacakra or Wheel of Time, a vast system of tantric teachings. Based largely on esoteric Buddhist knowledge from the legendary land of Shambhala, Dölpopa's insights have profoundly influenced the development of Tibetan… Read More

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  2. The Treasury of Knowledge: Books Two, Three, and Four

    The Treasury of Knowledge: Books Two, Three, and Four

    Buddhism's Journey To Tibet

    • by
    • Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye
    Jamgön Kongtrül’s ten-volume Treasury of Knowledge is a unique, encyclopedic masterpiece embodying the entire range of Buddhist teachings as they were preserved in Tibet. Tibetan Buddhist teachers expected their students to study Buddhist philosophical texts as well as practice reflection and meditation; present-day students have also realized that awakening has its source in study as well as in reflection and practice. Buddhism’s Journey to Tibet presents Kongtrül's masterful history of… Read More

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  3. The Inner Science of Buddhist Practice

    The Inner Science of Buddhist Practice

    Vasubandhu's Summary of the Five Heaps with Commentary by Sthiramati

    The Inner Science of Buddhist Practice contains translations of texts by two historically important Indian Buddhist scholars: Vasubhandhu's "Summary of the Five Heaps" and Sthiramati's commentary on Vasubandhu's root text. These works present the traditional Buddhist analysis of ordinary experience and provide rich resources for studying Buddhist and Western interpretations of the psychology of spiritual development. According to Buddhist doctrine, the mind of an ordinary person even at birth holds… Read More

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  4. Luminous Essence

    Luminous Essence

    A Guide to the Guhyagarbha Tantra

    • by
    • Jamgon Mipham
    Luminous Essence is a complete introduction to the world of tantric thought and practice. Composed by the renowned Tibetan master Jamgön Mipham (1846–1912), the text provides an overview of the theory and experiential assimilation of a seminal tantric scripture, the Tantra of the Secret Essence (Guhyagarbha Tantra). Embodying the essence of tantric practice, this text has been a central scripture in Tibetan Buddhism for well over a thousand years.… Read More

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  5. Natural Wakefulness

    Natural Wakefulness

    Discovering the Wisdom We Were Born With

    • by
    • Gaylon Ferguson
    Wakefulness is our natural state: enlightened, complete, perfect in wisdom and compassion. It’s not something outside ourselves that we need to attain or become. But it’s also true that some effort is required to get in touch with it—and that effort is what spiritual practice is about. Gaylon Ferguson highlights two essential aspects of the path of awakening: learning to trust that we are already naturally awake and committing to… Read More

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  6. The Truth of Suffering and the Path of Liberation

    The Truth of Suffering and the Path of Liberation

    • by
    • Chogyam Trungpa
    • edited by
    • Judith L. Lief
    The truth of life has never been better or more succinctly articulated than in the Buddha's teaching on suffering, its cause, and its cessation—the famous formulation known as the Four Noble Truths. This concise handful of words is in fact the foundation from which all subsequent Buddhist teachings grow, and upon which all of them rely. Their wisdom is as pertinent to the scholar of Buddhist philosophy as it is… Read More

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  7. As Long as Space Endures

    As Long as Space Endures

    Essays on the Kalacakra Tantra in Honor of H.H. the Dalai Lama

    • edited by
    • Edward A. Arnold
    The Kalacakra Tantra (Kalacakra means "wheel of time") is a tradition of Buddhist theory and practice whose root text treats a fantastic expanse of knowledge ranging from observations of the cosmos to investigations of meditative states and vital bodily energies. In the Tibetan-speaking world, a public Kalacakra initiation remains the most sought-after event in the life of a devout Buddhist. The Fourteenth Dalai Lama has long had a… Read More

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  8. Luminous Heart

    Luminous Heart

    The Third Karmapa on Consciousness, Wisdom, and Buddha Nature

    This superb collection of writings on buddha nature by the Third Karmapa Rangjung Dorje (1284–1339) focuses on the transition from ordinary deluded consciousness to enlightened wisdom, the characteristics of buddhahood, and a buddha's enlightened activity. Most of these materials have never been translated comprehensively. The Third Karmapa's unique and well-balanced view synthesizes Yogacara Madhyamaka and the classical teachings on buddha nature. Rangjung Dorje not only shows that these teachings… Read More

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  9. The Treasury of Knowledge: Book Eight, Part Three

    The Treasury of Knowledge: Book Eight, Part Three

    The Elements of Tantric Practice

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    • Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye
    Jamgön Kongtrül's Treasury of Knowledge in ten volumes is a unique encyclopedic masterpiece embodying the entire range of Buddhist teachings as they were presented in Tibet. Tibetan Buddhist teachers expected their students to study Buddhist philosophical texts as well as practice reflection and meditation; present-day students have also realized that awakening has its source in study as well as in reflection and practice. The Elements of Tantric Practice sets forth… Read More

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  10. Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

    Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

    • by
    • Chogyam Trungpa
    In this modern spiritual classic, the Tibetan meditation master Chögyam Trungpa highlights a common pitfall to which every aspirant on the spiritual path falls prey: what he calls spiritual materialism. The universal human tendency, he shows, is to see spirituality as a process of self-improvement—the impulse to develop and refine the ego when the ego is, by nature, essentially empty. “The problem,” Trungpa says, “is that ego can… Read More

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