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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. A Little Book of Love

    A Little Book of Love

    Buddhist Wisdom on Bringing Happiness to Ourselves and Our World

    • by
    • Moh Hardin
    This short, practical, and inspiring book presents Buddhist wisdom on love, relationships, and finding true contentment in life. The author begins with a discussion about making friends with ourselves as the basis for loving others, including a simple Buddhist practice for developing greater self-acceptance and self-compassion. The book goes on to offer insights and practices for deepening our intimate relationships and becoming more loving parents. Next, Hardin discusses love on… Read More

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  2. The Essence of Buddhism

    The Essence of Buddhism

    An Introduction to Its Philosophy and Practice

    • by
    • Traleg Kyabgon
    The Essence of Buddhism is a comprehensive overview of the Buddhist path from the perspective of the three vehicles of Tibetan Buddhism: the Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. Although these vehicles are associated with different attitudes toward Buddhist practice, basic to them all is the need to understand our own immediate condition. The primary tool for achieving this is meditation, and The Essence of Buddhism serves as a handbook for… Read More

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  3. The Heart Sutra

    The Heart Sutra

    A Comprehensive Guide to the Classic of Mahayana Buddhism

    • by
    • Kazuaki Tanahashi
    The first-century classic Prajnaparamita Hridaya Sutra may be the best known of all the Buddhist scriptures. It’s a key Zen text, chanted daily by many, but is studied extensively in the Tibetan tradition too. In just about thirty-five lines, it expresses the truth of impermanence and the release of suffering that results from the understanding of that truth with a breathtaking economy of language. Kazuaki Tanahashi’s guide to the Heart… Read More

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  4. Penetrating Wisdom

    Penetrating Wisdom

    The Aspiration of Samantabhadra

    • by
    • Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
    This book is a commentary on an ancient, well-known Tibetan Buddhist prayer of aspiration that expounds on the Dzogchen path to enlightenment. Addressing such fundamentals as the guru-student relationship, the role of faith in Vajrayana Buddhism, recognizing basic awareness, and the notion of reality that is beyond mental concepts, it is a clear and accessible explication of a complex system of philosophy and meditation techniques that are central to… Read More

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  5. Turning Confusion into Clarity
  6. The Heart Is Noble

    The Heart Is Noble

    Changing the World from the Inside Out

    • by
    • H.H. the Seventeenth Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje
    In 2011 a group of American college students spent a month in India with His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa. Together they discussed topics ranging from food justice to gender identities to conflict resolution. The Karmapa’s teachings in this book are the product of those meetings. Here he shares his vision for bringing social and environmental action into daily life, on a scale we can realistically manage through the choices we… Read More

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  7. 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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  8. The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion (volume 2)

    The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion (volume 2)

    The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma

    • by
    • Chogyam Trungpa
    • edited by
    • Judith L. Lief
    This comprehensive guide to the body of Buddhist teachings known as the mahayana brings together theory and practice in a way that reveals contemplative experience to be inseparable from the traditional concepts used to describe it. Based on teachings from the Vajradhatu Seminaries—the three-month-long meditation-and-study retreats that Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche led annually from 1973 to 1986—it covers in detail topics such as shunyata (emptiness), bodhichitta (the heart and mind of… Read More

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  9. The Path of Individual Liberation (volume 1)

    The Path of Individual Liberation (volume 1)

    The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma

    • by
    • Chogyam Trungpa
    • edited by
    • Judith L. Lief
    This comprehensive guide to the body of Buddhist teachings known as the hinayana brings together theory and practice in a way that reveals contemplative experience to be inseparable from the traditional concepts used to describe it. Based on teachings from the Vajradhatu Seminaries—the three-month-long meditation-and-study retreats that Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche led annually from 1973 to 1986—it covers in detail topics such as the four noble truths, karma, the four foundations… Read More

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  10. Tilopa's Mahamudra Upadesha

    Tilopa's Mahamudra Upadesha

    The Gangama Instructions with Commentary

    • by
    • Sangyes Nyenpa Rinpoche
    All lineages of Mahamudra meditation have their source in a verse teaching—a “song of realization”—sung by the Mahasiddha Tilopa to his disciple Naropa on the banks of the Ganges River more than a thousand years ago. Since that time, the meaning of Tilopa’s instructions has been passed directly from master to disciple in a continuous stream that exists unbroken to this day. This book offers the reader a rare… Read More

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