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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. Guru Rinpoche

    Guru Rinpoche

    His Life and Times

    • by
    • Ngawang Zangpo
    To Tibetan Buddhists, Guru Rinpoche is a Buddha. This book recounts Guru Rinpoche's historic visit to Tibet and explains his continuing significance to Buddhists. In doing so, it illustrates how a country whose powerful armies overran the capital of China and installed a puppet emperor came to abandon its aggressive military campaigns: this transformation was due to Guru Rinpoche, who tamed and converted Tibet to Buddhism and thereby changed… Read More

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  2. Sacred Ground

    Sacred Ground

    Jamgon Kongtrul on "Pilgrimage and Sacred Geography"

    • by
    • Ngawang Zangpo
    Sacred Ground describes two journeys: a journey outward to specific pilgrimage places in eastern Tibet, and a journey inward to the sacred world of tantra, accessible through contemplation and meditation. It sheds light on Himalayan Buddhists' concepts of sacred land, places of pilgrimage in tantric Buddhism, and how pilgrimage is undertaken. It enhances our appreciation of the world and its sacred aspect everywhere—first and foremost, where we sit now.… Read More

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  3. The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment: Volume One

    The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment: Volume One

    • by
    • Tsong-kha-pa
    • edited by
    • Joshua Cutler,
    • Guy Newland
    The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lam rim chen mo) is one of the brightest jewels in the world's treasury of sacred literature. The author Tsong-kha-pa (1357–1419) completed this masterpiece in 1402 and it soon became one of the most renowned works of spiritual practice and philosophy in the world of Tibetan Buddhism. Tsong-kha-pa took great pains to base his incisive insights on the… Read More

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Essence of Clear Light

    Essence of Clear Light

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

    • by
    • Ju Mipham Jampal Gyepa'i Dorje
    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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  10. 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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