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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. 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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  2. The Treasury of Knowledge: Book Seven and Book Eight, Parts One and Two

    The Treasury of Knowledge: Book Seven and Book Eight, Parts One and Two

    Foundations of Buddhist Study and Practice

    • by
    • Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye
    Jamgön Kongtrul’s ten-volume Treasury of Knowledge is a unique encyclopedic masterpiece embodying the entire range of Buddhist teachings as they were preserved in Tibet. Tibetan Buddhist teachers expected their students to study Buddhist philosophical texts as well as practice reflection and meditation; present-day students have also realized that awakening has its source in study as well as in reflection and practice. Foundations of Buddhist Study and Practice comprises… Read More

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  3. The Treasury of Knowledge: Book Six, Parts One and Two

    The Treasury of Knowledge: Book Six, Parts One and Two

    Indo-Tibetan Classical Learning and Buddhist Phenomenology

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    • Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye
    Jamgön Kongtrul’s encyclopedic Treasury of Knowledge presents a complete account of the major lines of thought and practice that comprise Tibetan Buddhism. Among the ten books that make up this tour de force, Book Six is by far the longest—concisely summarizing the theoretical fields of knowledge to be studied prior to the cultivation of reflection and discriminative awareness. The first two parts of Book Six, contained in this… Read More

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  4. Mining for Wisdom within Delusion

    Mining for Wisdom within Delusion

    Maitreya's Distinction between Phenomena and the Nature of Phenomena and Its Indian and Tibetan Commentaries

    • by
    • Karl Brunnholzl
    Maitreya’s Distinction between Phenomena and the Nature of Phenomena distinguishes the illusory phenomenal world of saṃsāra produced by the confused dualistic mind from the ultimate reality that is mind’s true nature. The transition from the one to the other is the process of “mining for wisdom within delusion.” Maitreya’s text calls this “the fundamental change,” which refers to the vanishing of delusive appearances through practicing the path, thus revealing… Read More

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  5. Kindness, Clarity, and Insight

    Kindness, Clarity, and Insight

    • by
    • H.H. the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
    • edited by
    • Jeffrey Hopkins,
    • Elizabeth S. Napper
    This beloved classic brings together in one volume all the major themes of the Dalai Lama’s teachings. Drawn from the lectures he gave during his first three visits to North America, the book covers the core subject matter of Tibetan Buddhism, as presented for the first time to an English-speaking audience. The chapters are arranged developmentally from simple to complex topics, which include the luminous nature of the mind, the… Read More

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  6. Not for Happiness

    Not for Happiness

    A Guide to the So-Called Preliminary Practices

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    • Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse
    Do you practise meditation because you want to feel good? Or to help you relax and be “happy”? Then frankly, according to Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, you are far better off having a full-body massage than trying to practise the Dharma. Genuine spiritual practice, not least the Ngöndro preliminaries, will not bring the kind of comfort and ease most worldly people crave. Quite the opposite, in… Read More

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  7. Living Beautifully

    Living Beautifully

    with Uncertainty and Change

    • by
    • Pema Chödrön
    We live in difficult times. Life sometimes seems like a roiling and turbulent river threatening to drown us and destroy the world. Why, then, shouldn’t we cling to the certainty of the shore—to our familiar patterns and habits? Because, Pema Chödrön teaches, that kind of fear-based clinging keeps us from the infinitely more satisfying experience of being fully alive. The teachings she presents here—known as the “Three Commitments”—provide a wealth… Read More

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  8. The Best Buddhist Writing 2012

    The Best Buddhist Writing 2012

    • edited by
    • Melvin McLeod
    A treasury of the most notable, profound, and thought-provoking Buddhist-inspired writing published in the last year. The Best Buddhist Writing 2012 includes: His Holiness the Dalai Lama on cultivating a universal ethic of kindness Sharon Salzberg on getting your meditation practice started Pema Chödrön on how to smile at fear The Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi… Read More

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  9. Como saber si no eres budista?

    Como saber si no eres budista?

    • by
    • Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse
    ¿Así que crees ser budista? Veamos, reflexiona. El maestro de budismo tibetano Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, uno de los Lamas más creativos e innovadores de hoy en día, arroja el guante al mundo budista, desafiando los conceptos erróneos, estereotipos y fantasías más comunes. Con ingenio e ironía Khyentse incita a los lectores a ir más allá de los adornos superficiales del budismo, más allá del romance con las cuentas del rosario,… Read More

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  10. Confusion Arises as Wisdom

    Confusion Arises as Wisdom

    Gampopa’s Heart Advice on the Path of Mahamudra

    • by
    • 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… Read More

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