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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. 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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  5. 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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  6. Treasures of the Sakya Lineage

    Treasures of the Sakya Lineage

    Teachings from the Masters

    • by
    • Migmar Tseten
    Treasures of the Sakya Lineage is a rich collection of teachings by both contemporary and ancient Sakya masters, showing a thousand years of lineage continuity. It provides an overview of the history, view, key lineage figures, and crucial teachings of the oldest continuously operating institution among the four lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. The Sakya School has long been known for its balanced approach to study and practice. The… Read More

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  7. King of the Empty Plain

    King of the Empty Plain

    The Tibetan Iron-Bridge Builder Tangtong Gyalpo

    • by
    • Cyrus Stearns
    King of the Empty Plain is familiar to every Tibetan yet nearly unknown in the rest of the world. Tangtong Gyalpo's incredible lifespan, profound teachings, unprecedented engineering feats, eccentric deeds, and creation of Tibetan opera have earned this fascinating figure a unique status in Tibetan culture. Believed to be the great Indian master Padmasambhava appearing again in the world to benefit living beings, he discovered techniques for achieving longevity that… Read More

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  8. The Essence of Other-Emptiness

    The Essence of Other-Emptiness

    • by
    • Taranatha
    Jeffrey Hopkins continues his groundbreaking exploration of the Jo-nang-ba sect of Tibetan Buddhism with this revelatory translation of one of the seminal texts from that tradition. Whereas Dol-bo-ba's massive Mountain Doctrine authenticates the doctrine of other-emptiness through extensive scriptural citations and elaborate philosophical arguments, Taranatha's more concise work translated here situates the doctrine of other-emptiness within the context of schools of tenets, primarily the famed four schools of Tibetan… Read More

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  9. The Pocket Tibetan Buddhism Reader

    The Pocket Tibetan Buddhism Reader

    • edited by
    • Reginald A. Ray
    This pocket-sized reader will be cherished by students of Tibetan Buddhism as well as the many readers of such popular books as The Art of Happiness, When Things Fall Apart, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, and Awakening the Buddha Within. This unique collection features short inspirational selections and pithy quotations from the great masters of Tibetan Buddhism, past and present, including Milarepa,… Read More

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  10. Parting from the Four Attachments
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