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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 Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate

    The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate

    An Asian Approach to Analytical Thinking Drawn from Indian and Tibetan Sources

    • by
    • Daniel E. Perdue
    Buddhism is a wisdom tradition. It asserts that we are liberated by the power of our own understanding. The three purposes of Buddhist debate are to defeat your own and others’ misconceptions, to establish your own correct view, and to clear away objections to your view. It is like the approach of a physician—to remove what does not belong and to strengthen what does. Thus, for Buddhists, reasoning and… Read More

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  2. Buton's History of Buddhism in India and Its Spread to Tibet

    Buton's History of Buddhism in India and Its Spread to Tibet

    A Treasury of Priceless Scripture

    • by
    • Buton Rinchen Drup
    This fourteenth-century Tibetan classic serves as an excellent introduction to basic Buddhism as practiced throughout India and Tibet and describes the process of entering the Buddhist path through study and reflection. It begins with setting forth the structure of Buddhist education and the range of its subjects, and we’re treated to a rousing litany of the merits of such instruction. We’re then introduced to the buddhas of our world… Read More

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  3. On the Path to Enlightenment

    On the Path to Enlightenment

    Heart Advice from the Great Tibetan Masters

    • by
    • Matthieu Ricard
    Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche inspired Matthieu Ricard to create this anthology by telling him that “when we come to appreciate the depth of the view of the eight great traditions [of Tibetan Buddhism] and also see that they all lead to the same goal without contradicting each other, we think, ‘Only ignorance can lead us to adopt a sectarian view.’” Ricard has selected and translated some of the most profound… Read More

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  4. Don't Believe Everything You Think

    Don't Believe Everything You Think

    Living with Wisdom and Compassion

    • by
    • Thubten Chodron
    It can be hard for those of us living in the twenty-first century to see how fourteenth-century Buddhist teachings still apply. When you’re trying to figure out which cell phone plan to buy or brooding about something someone wrote about you on Facebook, lines like “While the enemy of your own anger is unsubdued, though you conquer external foes, they will only increase” can seem a little obscure. Thubten… Read More

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  5. From Here to Enlightenment

    From Here to Enlightenment

    An Introduction to Tsong-kha-pa's Classic Text The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment

    • by
    • H.H. the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
    When the Dalai Lama was forced to go into exile in 1959, he could take only a few items with him. Among these cherished belongings was his copy of Tsong-kha-pa’s classic text The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment. This text distills all of the essential points of Tibetan Buddhism, clearly unfolding the entire Buddhist path to enlightenment. In 2008, celebrating the long-awaited completion… Read More

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  6. How to Practice Shamatha Meditation

    How to Practice Shamatha Meditation

    The Cultivation of Meditative Quiescence

    • by
    • Gen Lamrimpa
    • edited by
    • Hart Sprager
    In 1988, Gen Lamrimpa, a Tibetan monk, led a one-year retreat in the Pacific Northwest, during which a group of Western meditators devoted themselves to the practice of meditative quiescence (shamatha). This book is a record of the oral teachings he gave to this group at the outset of the retreat. The teachings are brought to life by Gen Lamrimpa's warmth, humor, and extensive personal experience as a contemplative… Read More

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  7. Incarnation

    Incarnation

    The History and Mysticism of the Tulku Tradition of Tibet

    • by
    • Tulku Thondup
    A tulku is a fully enlightened one (buddha) or highly accomplished adept (siddha) who chooses to be reborn again and again for the benefit of all beings. Most tulkus, though, are the rebirths of well-trained masters who are engaged in spiritual training and serving others. Tibetan Buddhists have, for well over a millennium, been meticulously following the tradition of finding, recognizing, enthroning, training, and venerating these revered figures who provide… Read More

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  8. Introduction to the Kalachakra Initiation

    Introduction to the Kalachakra Initiation

    • by
    • Alexander Berzin
    Kalachakra is a system of highest tantra practice for overcoming the limitations imposed by historical, astrological, and biological cycles so as to become a Buddha for the benefit of all. His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other great Tibetan teachers have been conferring the Kalachakra initiation in the West, empowering prepared practitioners to engage in its meditations. Large numbers of people also attend this initiation as interested observers and… Read More

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  9. The Tibetan Buddhism Reader

    The Tibetan Buddhism Reader

    • edited by
    • Reginald A. Ray
    Here is a portable collection of inspiring readings from the revered masters of Tibetan Buddhism. The Tibetan Buddhism Reader includes quotations from major lineage figures from the past such as Padmasambhava, Atisha, Sakya Pandita, Marpa, Milarepa, and Tsongkhapa. Also featured are the writings of masters from contemporary times including the Dalai Lama, Dudjom Rinpoche, Khyentse Rinpoche, Sakya Tridzin, Chögyam Trungpa, and others. Topics include cultivating compassion, letting go of ego,… Read More

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  10. The Three Principal Aspects of the Path

    The Three Principal Aspects of the Path

    • by
    • Geshe Sonam Rinchen
    • edited by
    • Ruth Sonam
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