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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. Refining Our Perception of Reality

    Refining Our Perception of Reality

    Sera Khandro's Commentary on Dudjom Lingpa's Account of His Visionary Journey

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    • Sera Khandro
    Dakini Sukha Vajra, widely known as Sera Khandro, wrote this commentary of an account by the great Dudjom Lingpa of visions he had of enlightened beings and the teachings he received from them regarding our perception of reality. This book contains four Tibetan texts in translation. First, The Excellent Path to Liberation explains how to give our attention to the teachings, and how to ground our spiritual practice… Read More

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  2. Wondrous Dance of Illusion

    Wondrous Dance of Illusion

    The Autobiography of Khenpo Ngawang Palzang

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    • Khenpo Ngawang Palzang
    Khenpo Ngawang Palzang, also known as Khenpo Ngakchung or Khenpo Ngaga, was one of the great masters in the late nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth centuries. He was an extremely influential teacher who taught some of the great lamas of the next generation, including Kyabje Chatral Rinpoche. Khenpo Ngaga was considered a living emanation of Vimalamitra and Longchenpa. In this autobiography, Khenpo Ngaga tells his… Read More

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  3. Stillness, Insight, and Emptiness

    Stillness, Insight, and Emptiness

    Buddhist Meditation from the Ground Up

    • by
    • Lama Dudjom Dorjee
    Developing an effective meditation practice is the first step toward discerning the true nature of mind and reality as taught by Buddha Shakyamuni. In Stillness, Insight, and Emptiness, Lama Dudjom Dorjee offers instructions that will help beginning meditators establish a firm foundation in the practices that lead to direct realization. Topics such as finding the best meditation posture, learning to direct and focus the attention, expanding the mind’s scope, and… Read More

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  4. Living Beautifully

    Living Beautifully

    with Uncertainty and Change

    • by
    • Pema Chodron
    We live in difficult times. Life sometimes seems like a 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 of wisdom… Read More

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  5. Opening the Treasure of the Profound

    Opening the Treasure of the Profound

    Teachings on the Songs of Jigten Sumgon and Milarepa

    • by
    • Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche
    • edited by
    • Khenmo Trinlay Chodron
    Spiritual teachings in the form of songs—spontaneous expressions of deep wisdom and understanding that reveal the nature of reality—have been treasured since the dawn of Buddhism in India. In Opening the Treasure of the Profound, Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen translates nine such songs, by Milarepa and Jigten Sumgön, and then explains them in contemporary terms. His insights take the Buddha’s ancient wisdom out of the realm of the intellectual and directly… Read More

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  6. The Best Buddhist Writing 2013

    The Best Buddhist Writing 2013

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    • Melvin McLeod,
    • Editors of the Shambhala Sun
    A thought-provoking collection of the most notable and insightful Buddhism-inspired writing published in the last year: Thich Nhat Hanh’s vision for a more enlightened and sustainable society Ezra Bayda on avoiding the pitfalls that arise on the path of meditation Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s powerful Dzogchen practices that help you to discover your mind’s inherent awareness and clarity… Read More

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  7. Training the Wisdom Body

    Training the Wisdom Body

    Buddhist Yogic Exercise

    • by
    • Rose Taylor Goldfield
    Sitting still in meditation may be the common image that comes to mind when one thinks of Buddhist practice—but just as important is cultivation of awareness through movement. The traditional Tibetan practice of yogic exercises known as lujong helps us connect with and explore the natural wisdom inherent in our living, breathing, feeling bodies. Lujong is an exercise that engages our whole being—body, mind, and subtle body—from the coarse… Read More

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  8. Establishing Appearances as Divine

    Establishing Appearances as Divine

    Rongzom Chokyi Zangpo on Reasoning, Madhyamaka, and Purity

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    • Heidi I. Koppl
    Establishing Appearances as Divine, a concise treatise by the eleventh-century Tibetan Buddhist philosopher Rongzom Chökyi Zangpo, sets out to prove the provocative point that everything that appears is actually deity manifest. Many books on Tibetan Buddhism address the important themes of mind training, compassion, and proper conduct, but this penetrating study and translation of Rongzom’s text goes beyond that in its aim to bring the reader face to face with… Read More

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  9. Nagarjuna's Letter to a Friend

    Nagarjuna's Letter to a Friend

    With Commentary by Kyabje Kangyur Rinpoche

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    • Nagarjuna
    The great Indian Buddhist master Nagarjuna wrote his celebrated poem Letter to a Friend as a gift of advice to a South Indian king, and it has since become a monument in the Indian shastra tradition. Despite its short length (only 123 verses), it covers the entire Mahayana path, combining a practical approach to daily conduct with a theoretical exposition of the different stages leading to enlightenment. It has thus… Read More

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  10. 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

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    • 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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