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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. Kindness, Clarity, and Insight

    Kindness, Clarity, and Insight

    25th Anniversary Edition

    • by
    • H.H. the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
    • edited by
    • Jeffrey Hopkins,
    • Elizabeth S. Napper
    Kindness, Clarity, and Insight is widely considered the most readable yet substantial and wide-ranging of the Dalai Lama's works. This celebratory new edition of the very first book of teachings by the Dalai Lama in the English-speaking world coincides with the twenty-fifth anniversary of that historic first teaching series in North America. Translated into twelve languages, it is a testament to the kindness, clarity, and insight of its author.… Read More

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  2. The Ri-me Philosophy of Jamgon Kongtrul the Great

    The Ri-me Philosophy of Jamgon Kongtrul the Great

    A Study of the Buddhist Lineages of Tibet

    • by
    • Ringu Tulku
    This compelling study of the Ri-me movement and of the major Buddhist lineages of Tibet is comprehensive and accessible. It includes an introduction to the history and philosophy of the Ri-me movement; a biography of the movement's leader, the meditation master and philosopher known as Jamgön Kongtrul the Great; helpful summaries of the eight lineages' practice-and-study systems, which point out the different emphases of the schools; an explanation… Read More

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  3. Nagarjuna's Letter to a Friend

    Nagarjuna's Letter to a Friend

    With Commentary by Kangyur Rinpoche

    • by
    • Nagarjuna
    Nagarjuna's poetic presentation of the fundamental teachings of the Great Vehicle, or Mahayana—whose followers, driven by compassion, strive to attain Buddhahood for the sake of all beings—is remarkable for its concise style and memorable imagery, making it one of the most widely quoted sources in other commentaries on the Mahayana path. This work will appeal to readers with a general interest in Mahayana Buddhism, to those who wish to… Read More

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  4. Absorption in No External World

    Absorption in No External World

    170 Issues in Mind-Only Buddhism

    • by
    • Jeffrey Hopkins
    Dzong-ka-ba's The Essence of Eloquence is still considered so important to Tibetan Buddhists that the Dalai Lama keeps a copy with him wherever he goes. This book examines many fascinating points raised in six centuries of Tibetan and Mongolian commentary concerning the first two sections of this text: the Prologue, and the section on the Mind-Only School. By providing vivid detail, Jeffrey Hopkins reveals the liveliness of Tibetan scholastic… Read More

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  5. The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation

    The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation

    • by
    • Chogyam Trungpa
    Freedom is generally thought of as the ability to achieve goals and satisfy desires. But what are the sources of these goals and desires? If they arise from ignorance, habitual patterns, and negative emotions, is the freedom to pursue these goals true freedom—or is it just a myth? In this book, Chögyam Trungpa explores the meaning of freedom in the profound context of Tibetan Buddhism. He shows how our attitudes,… Read More

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  6. Wisdom Nectar

    Wisdom Nectar

    Dudjom Rinpoche's Heart Advice

    • by
    • Dudjom Rinpoche
    Dudjom Rinpoche was one of the seminal figures in Tibetan Buddhism in the twentieth century, yet very few of his religious writings have been translated into English. This volume contains a generous selection of his inspiring teachings and writings, the core of which is a lengthy discussion of the entire path of Dzogchen, including key instructions on view, meditation, and conduct, along with direct advice on how to bring… Read More

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  7. The Treasury of Knowledge: Book Six, Part Four

    The Treasury of Knowledge: Book Six, Part Four

    Systems of Buddhist Tantra

    • by
    • Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye
    In Tibetan religious literature, Jamgön Kongtrül's Treasury of Knowledge in ten books stands out as a unique, encyclopedic masterpiece embodying the entire range of Buddhist teachings as it was preserved in Tibet. The tantric path is often referred to as the indestructible way of secret mantra, the essence of which is the indestructible union of wisdom (the understanding of emptiness) and method (immutable great bliss). This volume sets forth the… Read More

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  8. The Adornment of the Middle Way

    The Adornment of the Middle Way

    Shantarakshita's Madhyamakalankara with Commentary by Jamgon Mipham

    • by
    • Jamgon Mipham,
    • Shantarakshita
    Madhyamaka, or the Middle Way, is accepted by all schools of Tibetan Buddhism as the most profound expression, in philosophical terms, of emptiness, the true nature of phenomena. Emptiness is the basis on which the whole of Mahayana practice is founded, from the mind-training meditations on bodhichitta to the advanced yogas of tantra and dzogchen. The Madhyamaka tradition, inaugurated by Nagarjuna and dominant in India for over a thousand years,… Read More

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  9. It's Up to You

    It's Up to You

    The Practice of Self-Reflection on the Buddhist Path

    • by
    • Dzigar Kongtrul
    On the spiritual path we speak of enlightenment. But how do we reconcile the idea of enlightenment with what we see when we look in the mirror—when insecurities, doubts, and self-centered tendencies arise in our minds? Dzigar Kongtrül suggests that we need not feel "doomed" when these experiences surface. In fact, such experiences are not a problem if we are able to simply let them arise without judging them or… Read More

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  10. Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness

    Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness

    • by
    • Chogyam Trungpa
    The slogans contained in this book are designed to awaken the heart and cultivate love and kindness toward others. They are revolutionary in that practicing them fosters abandonment of personal territory in relating to others and an understanding of the world as it is. The fifty-nine provocative slogans presented here—each with a commentary by the Tibetan meditation master Chögyam Trungpa—have been used by Tibetan Buddhists for eight centuries to… Read More

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