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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. Natural Bravery

    Natural Bravery

    Fear and Fearlessness as a Direct Path of Awakening

    • by
    • Gaylon Ferguson
    Fear is something that's such a part of our lives that it doesn't seem it would be possible to live without it. This book disputes that claim in a powerful way. Gaylon Ferguson presents traditional Buddhist teachings to show that the fear that so often wreaks havoc on us is in fact quite insubstantial—and it's mostly something we create ourselves. If we can learn to see that, it becomes pretty… Read More

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  2. Luminous Clarity

    Luminous Clarity

    A Commentary on Karma Chagme's Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen

    • by
    • Karma Chagme,
    • Khenchen Thrangu
    This book grows out of an oral teaching that Khenchen Thrangu gave in Crestone, Colorado, on Karma Chagme's text Meaningful to Behold: The Essential Instructions of the Compassionate One on the Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen. Thrangu Rinpoche explains in lucid detail the advanced meditation practices of Mahamudra and Dzogchen and also their similarities and differ⁞ences, including advice on how to safely perform some of the more advanced Dzogchen practices.… Read More

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  3. White Lotus

    White Lotus

    An Explanation of the Seven-Line Prayer to Guru Padmasambhava

    • by
    • Jamgon Mipham
    The text called the “Seven-Line Prayer” is said to contain the most sacred and important teachings of the Nyingma school and is recited daily by many Tibetan Buddhists. White Lotus unlocks the secret of the prayer and explains its meaning on many levels. The author, Jamgön Mipham, was a celebrated nineteenth-century scholar who was known for his prolific, lucid, and original writings on many subjects, including science, medicine, and… Read More

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  4. A Garland of Views

    A Garland of Views

    A Guide to View, Meditation, and Result in the Nine Vehicles

    • by
    • Padmasambhava,
    • Jamgon Mipham
    A concise commentary by the eighth-century Indian Buddhist master Padmasambhava on a chapter from the Guhyagarbha Tantra, which gives an overview of the different Buddhist and non-Buddhist philosophical views, including the Great Perfection (Dzogchen), with an explicative commentary by the nineteenth-century scholar Jamgön Mipham (1846–912). Padmasambhava's text is a core text of the Nyingma tradition because it provides the basis for the system of nine vehicles (three sutra vehicles and… Read More

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  5. Gypsy Gossip and Other Advice

    Gypsy Gossip and Other Advice

    • by
    • Thinley Norbu
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  6. The Complete Nyingma Tradition from Sutra to Tantra, Books 15 to 17

    The Complete Nyingma Tradition from Sutra to Tantra, Books 15 to 17

    The Essential Tantras of Mahayoga

    • by
    • Choying Tobden Dorje
    The Complete Nyingma Tradition from Sutra to Tantra, a multivolume masterwork by the eighteenth-century tantric master Choying Tobden Dorje, traces the path of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism from beginning to end. Books 15 to 17: The Essential Tantras of Mahayoga concerns the first of the three classes of highest, or inner, tantras. It presents the entire text of the Guhyagarbha Tantra, in Tibetan and English, together with one… Read More

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  7. Strand of Jewels

    Strand of Jewels

    My Teachers’ Essential Guidance on Dzogchen

    • by
    • Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche
    The teachings in this book are the distillation of a lifetime’s commitment to Dzogchen realization and practice. Here, Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche teaches from “the top of the mountain down.” That is, he offers to Western readers with varying levels of experience the peak of Dzogchen wisdom, largely from hermit masters unknown in the West. He also connects Dzogchen with early Indian Abhidharma teachings and presents the various meanings of Mahamudra… Read More

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  8. The Teacup and the Skullcup

    The Teacup and the Skullcup

    Where Zen and Tantra Meet

    • by
    • Chogyam Trungpa
    • edited by
    • Judith L. Lief,
    • David Schneider
    The Teacup and the Skullcup is made up of edited transcripts from two seminars that Chögyam Trungpa gave near the beginning of his North American teaching career in 1974—one in Barnet, Vermont, and one in Boston—called “Zen and Tantra.” Although Trungpa Rinpoche belonged to the tantra tradition, he acknowledged the strength and discipline gained from Zen influence. Through these talks you can see his respect for the Zen tradition… Read More

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  9. The Relaxed Mind

    The Relaxed Mind

    A Seven-Step Method for Deepening Meditation Practice

    • by
    • Dza Kilung Rinpoche
    In the late 1990s, shortly after arriving in the United States, it became clear to Dza Kilung Rinpoche that his Western students were unable to progress in meditation as well as his students had back in Asia—and he realized that was because the pace of Western life made it difficult for them to relax. The Relaxed Mind contains instructions for the seven-phase meditation practice Dza Kilung Rinpoche developed for Westerners.… Read More

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  10. Right Concentration

    Right Concentration

    A Practical Guide to the Jhanas

    • by
    • Leigh Brasington
    One of the elements of the Eightfold Path the Buddha taught is Right Concentration: the one-pointedness of mind that, together with ethics, livelihood, meditation, and so forth, leads to the ultimate freedom from suffering. The Jhanas are the method the Buddha himself taught for achieving Right Concentration. They are a series of eight successive states, beginning with bliss and moving on toward radically nonconceptual states. The fact that they can… Read More

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