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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. Good Karma

    Good Karma

    How to Create the Causes of Happiness and Avoid the Causes of Suffering

    • by
    • Thubten Chodron
    Why do things happen the way they do in our lives? How do we create the causes for a happy life? The Buddhist practice of mind training gives us the answer to these questions: it involves overcoming our self-centered attitude and replacing it with an attitude that cherishes others. This, in turn, leads us to act in ways that naturally lead away from suffering and toward happiness—in short, to create… Read More

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  2. Primordial Purity

    Primordial Purity

    Oral Instructions on the Three Words That Strike the Vital Point

    • by
    • Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
    • edited by
    • Nalanda Translation Committee
    The path of trekchö is the way of directly and thoroughly cutting through the misconceptions of samsara to lay bare the primordial purity of the nature of mind. This powerful practice is illuminated by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche in his commentary on an essential text based on the atiyoga dzogchen instructions of the outstanding nineteenth-century master Patrul Rinpoche.Three Words That Strike the Vital Point is the famous seminal statement by Garap… Read More

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  3. Pure Appearance

    Pure Appearance

    Development and Completion Stages in Vajrayana Practice

    • by
    • Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
    • edited by
    • Nalanda Translation Committee
    A complex topic is here made crystal clear through the heartfelt teaching of one of the great Tibetan Buddhist masters of the twentieth century. With Pure Appearance Dilgo Khyenste Rinpoche offers an overview of Tibetan tantric practice that explains its concepts, clarifies its terminology, and shows how its myriad pieces fit together, including an extensive teaching on the bardos, or “between states”—essential for those new to the topic and a… Read More

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  4. Embracing Each Moment

    Embracing Each Moment

    A Guide to the Awakened Life

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    • Anam Thubten
    The awakened life is the essence and aim of the Buddhist teachings, according to Anam Thubten, and this book is a guide to cultivating the awakened mind and heart that allows this wonderful kind of life to happen. He illuminates the path to awakened living in a way that’s concise and completely accessible to anyone of any background—reflective of the diverse backgrounds of the students who attend his popular talks… Read More

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  5. Visionary Encounters

    Visionary Encounters

    The Dzogchen Teachings of Bönpo Treasure-Revealer Shense Lhaje

    • by
    • Adriano Clemente
    Visionary Encounters presents four chapters from the collection known as The Golden Teaching of Trenpa Namkha, a cycle of Dzogchen teachings recovered or rediscovered by the thirteenth-century master Shense Lhaje, an important scripture-revealer in the Bön tradition. These chapters include unusual autobiographical detail, providing a window into the daily life of this "wandering beggar," as he calls himself, as well as a record of the extraordinary messages he received from… Read More

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  6. Steps to the Great Perfection

    Steps to the Great Perfection

    The Mind-Training Tradition of the Dzogchen Masters

    • by
    • Jigme Lingpa
    The mind-training practices contained in the Dzogchen tradition of Tibetan Buddhism have never before been presented in the English language. The main text translated here, The Steps to Liberation, will be of great interest to Western practitioners, since its instructions are pithy and direct, and experiential rather than scholarly. The contemplations on core Buddhist principles like impermanence and karma, intended for beginning meditators, unfold as dramatic stories in which the… Read More

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  7. Our Pristine Mind

    Our Pristine Mind

    A Practical Guide to Unconditional Happiness

    • by
    • Orgyen Chowang
    The true nature of our mind is brilliant, clear, and joyful. But we don’t experience this reality amid the swirl of stresses, thoughts, and emotions of day-to-day life. Our Pristine Mind is a practical guide to uncovering our naturally comfortable state of mind and reconnecting with the unconditional happiness that is already within us. Using straightforward, accessible language, Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche leads us through the path of Pristine Mind meditation,… Read More

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  8. Glimpses of the Profound

    Glimpses of the Profound

    Four Short Works

    • by
    • Chogyam Trungpa
    At the beginning of his North American teaching career, Chögyam Trungpa conducted five pivotal seminars on various dharmic topics. The teachings from these seminars—originally published as four separate volumes and including Q&A—are now available in this single volume:“Glimpses of Mahayana,” on the discovery and characteristics of buddha nature“Glimpses of Shunyata,” on the central mahayana teaching of emptiness“Glimpses of Space,” on the inseparability of the vastness of the feminine principle and… Read More

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  9. Echoes

    Echoes

    The Boudhanath Teachings

    • by
    • Thinley Norbu
    In colorful, bustling Boudhanath—Buddhism's great pilgrimage site in Nepal—a small group of students gathered to speak with Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche in an informal, relaxed atmosphere. This is the record of their lively dialogue, which the author described as “using the traditional method of question and answer to connect ordinary experience with sublime Dharma in a flexible way.” The contents cover a wide range of inquiry: How should Westerners understand… Read More

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  10. The Intelligent Heart

    The Intelligent Heart

    A Guide to the Compassionate Life

    • by
    • Dzigar Kongtrul,
    • Joseph Waxman
    Compassion arises naturally when one comes to perceive the lack of solid distinction between self and other. The Buddhist practice known as tonglen—in which one consciously exchanges self for other—is a skillful method for getting to that truthful perception. In this, his commentary on the renowned Tibetan lojong (mind training) text the Seven Points of Mind Training, Dzigar Kongtrul reveals tonglen to be the true heart and essence of all… Read More

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