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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 Wisdom Chapter

    The Wisdom Chapter

    Jamgön Mipham’s Commentary on the Ninth Chapter of The Way of the Bodhisattva

    • by
    • Jamgon Mipham
    Shāntideva’s guide to the training of a Bodhisattva is one of the most important and beloved texts in the Tibetan tradition. The ninth chapter, however, dealing with Madhyamaka, the Middle Way, the most profound wisdom view of Mahayana Buddhism, has always posed unique challenges to readers. This commentary by the great scholar Mipham Rinpoche presents in quite straightforward terms Shāntideva’s exposition of emptiness, the essential foundation of all Buddhist doctrine,… Read More

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  2. Buddhism for Busy People

    Buddhism for Busy People

    Finding Happiness in a Hurried World

    • by
    • David Michie
    What does it take to be happy? We’ve all asked ourselves this question at some point, but few of us have found the path to lasting fulfillment.David Michie thought he had achieved his life’s goals—the high-level job, the expensive city apartment, the luxury car, the great vacations—but a small voice was telling him he wasn’t really happy. A chance remark from a naturopath sent him to his local Buddhist center.… Read More

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  3. The Great Exposition of Secret Mantra, Volume 2

    The Great Exposition of Secret Mantra, Volume 2

    Deity Yoga

    • by
    • H.H. the Fourteenth Dalai Lama,
    • Tsongkhapa
    • edited by
    • Jeffrey Hopkins
    Diety Yoga is the second volume in The Great Exposition of Secret Mantra series in which the Dalai Lama offers illuminating commentary on Tsongkhapa’s seminal text on Buddhist tantra. It is preceded by Volume 1: Tantra in Tibet and followed by Volume 3: Yoga Tantra.This revised work describes the profound process of meditation in Action (kriyā) and Performance (caryā) Tantras. Invaluable for anyone who is practicing or is interested in… Read More

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  4. The Great Exposition of Secret Mantra, Volume 3

    The Great Exposition of Secret Mantra, Volume 3

    Yoga Tantra

    • by
    • H.H. the Fourteenth Dalai Lama,
    • Tsongkhapa
    • edited by
    • Jeffrey Hopkins
    Yoga Tantra is the third volume in The Great Exposition of Secret Mantra series, in which the Dalai Lama offers illuminating commentary on Tsongkhapa’s seminal text on Buddhist tantra. It is preceded by Volume I: Tantra in Tibet and Volume II: Deity Yoga.This work opens with the Dalai Lama presenting the key features of Yoga Tantra then continues with the root text by Tsongkhapa. This is followed by an overview… Read More

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  5. The Heart of Meditation

    The Heart of Meditation

    Discovering Innermost Awareness

    • by
    • H.H. the Fourteenth Dalai Lama,
    • Jeffrey Hopkins
    The heart of meditation—the thing that brings it alive—is compassion. This is not an ordinary compassion but one that is developed and expanded in parallel with wisdom that arises through meditation. Without that essential foundation, other practices are pointless. Fortunately, the mind can be trained in compassion, and the mind thus trained is fertile ground for the practice of the Great Completeness (Dzogchen), which is considered the pinnacle of spiritual… Read More

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  6. The Art of Awakening

    The Art of Awakening

    A User’s Guide to Tibetan Buddhist Art and Practice

    • by
    • Konchog Lhadrepa,
    • Charlotte Davis
    The sacred arts play an essential, intrinsic role in Tibetan Buddhist practice. Here, one of the great practitioners and master artists of our time presents a guide to the Tibetan Buddhist path, from preliminary practices through enlightenment, from the artist's perspective. With profound wisdom, he shows how visual representations of the sacred in paintings, sculptures, mandalas, and stupas can be an essential support to practice throughout the path. This work,… Read More

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  7. The Revolutionary Life of Freda Bedi

    The Revolutionary Life of Freda Bedi

    British Feminist, Indian Nationalist, Buddhist Nun

    • by
    • Vicki Mackenzie
    She was the first Western woman to become a Tibetan Buddhist nun—but that pioneering ordination was really just one in a life full of revolutionary acts. Freda Bedi (1911–1977) broke the rules of gender, race, and religion—in many cases before it was thought that the rules were ready to be challenged. She was at various times a force in the struggle for Indian independence, spiritual seeker, scholar, professor, journalist, author,… Read More

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  8. Milarepa

    Milarepa

    Lessons from the Life and Songs of Tibet’s Great Yogi

    • by
    • Chogyam Trungpa
    • edited by
    • Judith L. Lief
    He went from being the worst kind of malevolent sorcerer to a devoted and ascetic Buddhist practitioner to a completely enlightened being all in a single lifetime. The story of Milarepa (1040–1123) is a tale of such extreme and powerful transformation that it might be thought not to have much direct application to our own less dramatic lives—but Chögyam Trungpa shows otherwise. This collection of his teachings on the life… Read More

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  9. The Compassion Book

    The Compassion Book

    Teachings for Awakening the Heart

    • by
    • Pema Chodron
    Let compassion and fearlessness guide you and you’ll live wisely and effectively in good times and bad. But that’s easier said than done. Here Pema Chödrön introduces a powerful, transformative method to nurture these qualities using a practice called lojong, which has been a primary focus of her teachings and personal practice for many years. This book presents fifty-nine pithy slogans from the lojong teachings for daily contemplation and includes… Read More

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  10. Boundless Heart

    Boundless Heart

    The Buddha’s Path of Kindness, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity

    • by
    • Christina Feldman
    Compassion, kindness, equanimity, and joy are not only the fruits of the awakened life but also the path to it: attitudes of mind that can be cultivated by anyone willing to set the intention for doing so. Christina Feldman shows how these ennobling qualities—known in Buddhism as the brahma viharas (sublime abodes) or the Four Immeasurables—are far more than simply the “feel-good” states they are sometimes mistaken for. If we… Read More

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