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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. Buddha Nature

    Buddha Nature

    The Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra with Commentary

    • by
    • Maitreya
    All sentient beings without exception have buddha nature—the inherent purity and perfection of the mind, untouched by changing mental states. Thus there is neither any reason for conceit in deeming oneself better than others nor any reason for self-contempt, thinking of oneself as inferior and unable to reach enlightenment. This seeing is obscured by veils which are removable and do not touch the inherent purity and perfection of the… Read More

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  2. Unique Tenets of The Middle Way Consequence School

    Unique Tenets of The Middle Way Consequence School

    • by
    • Daniel Cozort
    According to Tibetan traditions, the Indian Buddhist Prasangika-Madhyamika school is the one that represents the final true thought of the Buddha. Unique Tenets of the Middle Way Consequence School presents and analyzes the issues that separate that school from the other principals schools of Buddhism—issues such as the existence (or non-existence) of an external world the way in which karma and reincarnation operate the nature of consciousness the nature of… Read More

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  3. A Dog's Tooth

    A Dog's Tooth

    A Tale from Tibet

    • by
    • W. W. Rowe
    In this adventurous retelling of the classic Tibetan tale of the power of faith, a young man fails to obtain a sacred relic for his dying mother and deceivingly brings her a tooth from the skeleton of a dog. This vivid version humorously recreates the wily son's schemes. It movingly conveys how the mother's strong faith has the power to fulfill her dreams. The result is a suspenseful… Read More

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  4. Emptiness Yoga

    Emptiness Yoga

    The Tibetan Middle Way

    • by
    • Jeffrey Hopkins
    • edited by
    • Joe B. Wilson
    An absorbing exposition of the methods of realization of the Middle Way Consequence School (Prasangika Madhyamika) by Jeffrey Hopkins—considered by many the foremost Western authority on Tibetan Buddhism. His presentation is based on Jang-gya's famous work—the original and translation are included. The reasonings used to analyze persons and phenomena to establish their true mode of existence are discussed in the context of meditative practice. This exposition includes a masterful treatment… Read More

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  5. Translating Buddhism from Tibetan

    Translating Buddhism from Tibetan

    • by
    • Joe B. Wilson
    This complete textbook on classical Tibetan is suitable for beginning or intermediate students. It begins with rules for reading writing and pronouncing Tibetan, gradually carrying the reader through the patterns seen in the formation of words and into the repeating patterns of Tibetan phrases, clauses, and sentences. Students with prior experience will find the seven appendices—which review the rules of pronunciation grammar and syntax—provide an indispensable reference. It balances… Read More

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  6. Essence of Clear Light

    Essence of Clear Light

    An Overview of the Secret Commentary "Thorough Dispelling of Darkness throughout the Ten Directions"

    • by
    • Jamgon Mipham
    Restriction: Anyone interested in purchasing or reading this text must have received the empowerment of Vajrasattva's Magical Manifestation Matrix for the peaceful and wrathful deities from either the kama or the terma tradition, and must have received the reading transmission. The tantra of the Glorious Secret Essence (the Guhyagarbha Tantra) extracts the essence of the eighteen Mahayoga tantras and is also the general tantra of enlightened mind. The… Read More

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  7. Fluent Tibetan

    Fluent Tibetan

    A Proficiency-Oriented Learning System. Novice and Intermediate Levels

    • by
    • William A. Magee,
    • Elizabeth S. Napper
    • edited by
    • Jeffrey Hopkins
    The most systematic and extensive course system available in spoken Tibetan language, Fluent Tibetan was developed by language experts working in conjunction with indigenous speakers at the University of Virginia. Based on courses for diplomats needing to learn a language quickly, the method acquaints students with the sounds and patterns of Tibetan speech through repetitive interactive drills, enabling the quick mastery of increasingly complex structures and thereby promoting rapid… Read More

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  8. Great Perfection, Volume Two

    Great Perfection, Volume Two

    Separation and Breakthrough

    • by
    • Third Dzogchen Rinpoche
    In the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, the Great Perfection is considered the most profound and direct path to enlightenment. The instructions of this tradition present a spiritual shortcut—a radically direct approach that cuts through confusion and lays bare the mind's true nature of luminous purity. For centuries, these teachings have been taught and practiced in secret by some of the greatest adepts of the Buddhist tradition. Great Perfection: Outer… Read More

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  9. Key to the Precious Treasury

    Key to the Precious Treasury

    • by
    • Dodrupchen Jigme Tenpa'i Nyima
    The tantra of the Glorious Secret Essence (the Guhyagarbha Tantra) primarily belongs to the category of Mahayoga. It is taught that this Secret Essence Tantra extracts the essence of the eighteen Mahayoga tantras as well as being the general tantra of enlightened mind. The twenty-two chapters of this tantra afford an explanation of the three tantras of the ground path and result and within the context of the tantra… Read More

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  10. Light of Fearless Indestructible Wisdom

    Light of Fearless Indestructible Wisdom

    The Life and Legacy of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche

    • by
    • Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal
    Beloved master, visionary, poet, and revealer of profound spiritual treasures, His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche was a paramount figure in the history of twentieth-century Tibet. He worked closely with H.H. the Fourteenth Dalai Lama to reinvigorate Tibetan culture and spiritual practice following the loss of their homeland. Nyingma masters and devotees, both ordained and lay, unanimously appointed him Supreme Head of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, and he served… Read More

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