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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. Vivid Awareness

    Vivid Awareness

    The Mind Instructions of Khenpo Gangshar

    • by
    • Khenchen Thrangu
    In the summer of 1957, the revered Buddhist teacher and scholar Khenpo Gangshar foresaw the difficulties that would soon fall upon Tibet and began teaching in a startling new way that enabled all those who heard him to use the coming difficulties as the path of Dharma practice. The teaching consisted of the essential points of mahamudra and dzogchen, both view and practice, presented in a way that made them… Read More

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  2. Daring Steps

    Daring Steps

    Traversing the Path of the Buddha

    • by
    • Ringu Tulku
    • edited by
    • Rosemarie Fuchs
    Daring Steps stands out among the multitude of books on Tibetan Buddhism as being a uniquely accessible overview of the Buddhist path that encompasses all three yanas, or traditional Buddhist spiritual paths. Ringu Tulku—renowned for both his insight and approachable style—consistently brings the teachings back to the reader's own experience as he reveals the vital role of each path in the attainment of genuine realization. This book draws… Read More

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  3. A Spacious Path to Freedom

    A Spacious Path to Freedom

    Practical Instructions on the Union of Mahamudra and Atiyoga

    • by
    • Karma Chagme
    This manual of Tibetan meditation simply and thoroughly presents the profound Dzogchen and Mahamudra systems of practice. Karma Chagmé sets forth the stages of meditation practice, including the cultivation of meditative quiescence and insight, the experiential identification of awareness, and the highest steps of Mahamudra and Atiyoga, leading to perfect enlightenment in one lifetime. Drawing from his enormous textual erudition and mastery of Tibetan oral traditions, he shows how… Read More

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  4. The Practice of Mahamudra

    The Practice of Mahamudra

    • by
    • Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche
    • edited by
    • Ani K. Trinlay Chodron
    Mahamudra, the highest level of teaching within Tibetan Buddhism, rewards study and practice with the realization of the very nature of mind itself. There is not a single experience which is not subsumed within the realizations of Mahamudra. On his first tour of the United States, His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche gave detailed instructions in Mahamudra methods. He carefully explained each of the five stages of Mahamudra and taught its main… Read More

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  5. Lion of Siddhas

    Lion of Siddhas

    The Life and Teachings of Padampa Sangye

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    • Padampa Sangye
    Best known as Machig Labdron's teacher, the Indian mahasiddha Padampa Sangye is counted as a lineage guru by all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He brought the lineage of Chöd to Tibet, carried the Buddha's teachings to China, and is even asserted in the Tibetan tradition to have been the legendary Bodhidharma. Padampa Sangye's teaching methods were unorthodox and sometimes extreme. This transcendent and irascible teacher encouraged his disciples to… Read More

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  6. Mind at Ease

    Mind at Ease

    Self-Liberation through Mahamudra Meditation

    • by
    • Traleg Kyabgon
    In this uniquely insightful overview and practice guide, Traleg Kyabgon presents a thorough introduction to the Kagyu lineage's Mahamudra tradition. The author's approach is straightforward—he presents the Mahamudra teachings as a means of seeing things in, as he says, "a positive and open light. Even things we might normally regard as bad and undesirable can be interpreted in a more uplifting way due to the expansiveness of the Mahamudra vision."… Read More

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  7. The Eighth Situpa on the Third Karmapa's Mahamudra Prayer
  8. An Ocean of the Ultimate Meaning

    An Ocean of the Ultimate Meaning

    Teachings on Mahamudra

    • by
    • Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche
    In this new book, Khenchen Thrangu provides an exhaustive commentary on the longest and most comprehensive of the three classic treatises on Mahamudra composed by the sixteenth-century scholar Wangchuk Dorje, the Ninth Karmapa. Khenchen Thrangu's teachings encompass the entire path of Mahamudra, including the preliminaries, the main practice, removing obstacles, and attaining the result of buddhahood—with detailed instruction in tranquility and insight meditation. This is the only available volume that… Read More

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  9. Wild Awakening

    Wild Awakening

    The Heart of Mahamudra and Dzogchen

    • by
    • Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
    Mahamudra and Dzogchen are perhaps the most profound teachings within all of Tibetan Buddhism. The experience of Mahamudra, or "great symbol," is an overwhelming sense of extraordinary clarity, totally open and nondualistic. Dzogchen, or "great perfection," is the ultimate teaching according to the Nyingma tradition and also represents the pinnacle of spiritual development. These are the two paths that provide practitioners with the most skillful means to experience… Read More

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  10. The Third Karmapa's Mahamudra Prayer

    The Third Karmapa's Mahamudra Prayer

    • by
    • XII Khentin Tai Situpa Rinpoche
    • edited by
    • Rosemarie Fuchs
    The Mahamudra Prayer by the Third Karmapa Rangjung Dorje is a short yet thorough and profound text which presents all the essential points of Mahamudra teaching in terms of view, practice, and fruition. It is a classic that, especially in the tradition of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, has been and is widely used whenever a disciple is given a first introduction into Mahamudra. The Third Karmapa shows… Read More

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