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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. Refining Our Perception of Reality

    Refining Our Perception of Reality

    Sera Khandro's Commentary on Dudjom Lingpa's Account of His Visionary Journey

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    • Sera Khandro
    Dakini Sukha Vajra, widely known as Sera Khandro, wrote this commentary of an account by the great Dudjom Lingpa of visions he had of enlightened beings and the teachings he received from them regarding our perception of reality. This book contains four Tibetan texts in translation. First, The Excellent Path to Liberation explains how to give our attention to the teachings, and how to ground our spiritual practice… Read More

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  2. Wondrous Dance of Illusion

    Wondrous Dance of Illusion

    The Autobiography of Khenpo Ngawang Palzang

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    • Khenpo Ngawang Palzang
    Khenpo Ngawang Palzang, also known as Khenpo Ngakchung or Khenpo Ngaga, was one of the great masters in the late nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth centuries. He was an extremely influential teacher who taught some of the great lamas of the next generation, including Kyabje Chatral Rinpoche. Khenpo Ngaga was considered a living emanation of Vimalamitra and Longchenpa. In this autobiography, Khenpo Ngaga tells his life… Read More

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  3. Treasury of Precious Qualities: Book Two

    Treasury of Precious Qualities: Book Two

    Vajrayana and the Great Perfection

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    • Longchen Yeshe Dorje, Kangyur Rinpoche,
    • Jigme Lingpa
    This second and concluding volume of Jigme Lingpa’s classic Treasury of Precious Qualities is presented together with a detailed commentary by Kangyur Rinpoche. Composed in the form of a lamrim, or presentation of the stages of the path, the first volume set out the teachings of the sutras. The present volume continues this same structure and is a general description of the tantra teachings followed by an exposition of the… Read More

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  4. The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma

    The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma

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    • Judith L. Lief
    The three volumes of this extraordinary work present a complete map of the Tibetan Buddhist path from beginning to end, as taught by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. It is based on the teachings presented at the annual three-month meditation and study retreats known as the Vajradhatu Seminaries, which he led every summer from 1973 to 1986. This remarkable material—which has never before been published—presents Trungpa Rinpoche's teaching on the… Read More

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  5. On the Path to Enlightenment

    On the Path to Enlightenment

    Heart Advice from the Great Tibetan Masters

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    • 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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  6. The Tantric Path of Indestructible Wakefulness (volume 3)

    The Tantric Path of Indestructible Wakefulness (volume 3)

    The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma

    • by
    • Chogyam Trungpa
    • edited by
    • Judith L. Lief
    The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma represents meditation master Chögyam Trungpa’s greatest contribution to Western Buddhism. This three-volume collection presents in lively, relevant language the comprehensive teachings of the Tibetan Buddhist path of the hinayana, mahayana, and vajrayana. This work will resonate with new students of Buddhism as well as the most senior students. The third volume, The Tantric Path of Indestructible Wakefulness, presents the vajrayana… Read More

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  7. Confusion Arises as Wisdom

    Confusion Arises as Wisdom

    Gampopa?s Heart Advice on the Path of Mahamudra

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    • Ringu Tulku
    How could confusion arise as wisdom? According to the Mahamudra view, confusion arises as wisdom when we realize that everything we experience is the radiance of the mind’s own nature. And what is the nature of our mind? And how do we come to recognize that? These are the questions Gampopa answers for his students in the text commented upon here, known as the Great Community Talks. He shows them—and… Read More

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  8. You Are the Eyes of the World

    You Are the Eyes of the World

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    • Longchenpa
    Just as the images on television are nothing more than light, so are our experiences merely the dance of awareness. Often we form attachments to or feel enslaved by these experiences. But they are only reflections. As easily as television pictures vanish when the channel is changed, the power of our experiences fades if we penetrate to the heart of reality—the light of the natural mind within everyone. … Read More

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  9. Self-Liberation through Seeing with Naked Awareness

    Self-Liberation through Seeing with Naked Awareness

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    • Padmasambhava
    A text belonging to the same cycle as The Tibetan Book of the Dead, this instruction on the method of self-liberation presents the essence of Dzogchen, The Great Perfection, regarded in Tibet as the highest and most esoteric teaching of the Buddha. Teaching the attainment of Buddhahood in a single lifetime, this text was written and concealed by Guru Padmasambhava in the eighth century and rediscovered six centuries… Read More

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  10. Treasury of Precious Qualities: Book One

    Treasury of Precious Qualities: Book One

    Sutra Teachings (Revised Edition)

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    • Longchen Yeshe Dorje, Kangyur Rinpoche,
    • Jigme Lingpa
    This book is a translation of the first part of Jigme Lingpa’s Treasury of Precious Qualities, which in a slender volume of elegant verses sets out briefly but comprehensively the Buddhist path according to the Nyingma school. The concision of the root text and its use of elaborate poetic language, rich in metaphor, require extensive explanation, amply supplied here by the commentary of Kangyur Rinpoche. The present volume lays out… Read More

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