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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. Speech of Delight

    Speech of Delight

    Mipham's Commentary on Santaraksita's Ornament of the Middle Way

    • by
    • Jamgon Mipham
    The process of intelligent and open-minded inquiry can lead to complete liberation within the discovery of the natural state. In his Ornament of the Middle Way the great Indian master Santaraksita reveals how the path of reasoning can lead the mind to increasingly profound insight and experience. Ju Miphams's illustrious commentary highlights and explains the pithy reasoning of this classic treatise and unfolds the expansive view of the Great Vehicle… Read More

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  2. Maitreya's Distinguishing Phenomena and Pure Being

    Maitreya's Distinguishing Phenomena and Pure Being

    Distinguishing Phenomena and Pure Being was composed by Maitreya during the golden age of Indian Buddhism. Mipham's commentary supports Maitreya's text in a detailed analysis of how ordinary, confused consciousness can be transformed into wisdom. Easy-to-follow instructions guide the reader through the profound meditation that gradually brings about this transformation. This important and comprehensive work belongs on the bookshelf of any serious Buddhist practitioner—and indeed of anyone interested in… Read More

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  3. Being Right Here

    Being Right Here

    A Dzogchen Treasure Text of Nuden Dorje entitled The Mirror of Clear Meaning

    • by
    • James Low
    The treasure text of Nuden Dorje renders a very clear and authentic account of the view and essential meditation of dzogchen the practice of nondual experience. The presentation is in the Men ngag style, a personal instruction distilling the author's own realization in a manner both beautiful and deeply meaningful. Short verses show with pithy clarity how the various aspects of dzogchen fit together. The text provides both an… Read More

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  4. Path to Buddhahood

    Path to Buddhahood

    Teachings on Gampopa's Jewel Ornament of Liberation

    • by
    • Ringu Tulku
    The Jewel Ornament of Liberation is regarded by all Tibetan Buddhist schools as one of the most inspiring and comprehensive works of the tradition. Written by Gampopa (born 1079 CE), the main spiritual son of the great hermit Milarepa, this important text lays out the stages of the Buddhist path and explains how an enlightened attitude is strengthened by practicing the six perfections of generosity, discipline, patience, exertion, meditation,… Read More

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  5. The Life and Revelations of Pema Lingpa

    The Life and Revelations of Pema Lingpa

    These fascinating discussions between 11th century court ladies and the great master Padmasambhava, available for the first time in English, weave intriguing issues of gender into Buddhist teachings. The women's doubts and hesitations are masterfully resolved in these impassioned exchanges. The wonderful material in this book is part of a terma (treasure) revealed by Pema Lingpa (1450–1521), the greatest terton (treasure-revealer) of the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. The pithy collection… Read More

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  6. The Treasury of Knowledge: Book One

    The Treasury of Knowledge: Book One

    Myriad Worlds

    • by
    • Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye
    In Tibetan religious literature, Jamgön Kongtrül's Treasury of Knowledge in ten books stands out as a unique, encyclopedic masterpiece embodying the entire range of Buddhist teachings as they were preserved in Tibet. In his monumental Treasury of Knowledge, Jamgön Kongtrül presents a complete account of the major lines of thought and practice that comprise Tibetan Buddhism. This first book of The Treasury which serves as a prelude to Kongtrul's survey… Read More

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  7. The Treasury of Knowledge: Book Five

    The Treasury of Knowledge: Book Five

    Buddhist Ethics

    • by
    • Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye
    In Tibetan religious literature, Jamgön Kongtrül's Treasury of Knowledge in ten books stands out as a unique, encyclopedic masterpiece embodying the entire range of Buddhist teachings as it was preserved in Tibet. This volume is the fifth book of that work and is considered by many scholars to be its heart. Jamgön Kongtrül explains the complete code of personal liberation as it applies to both monastic and lay persons, the… Read More

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  8. Dzogchen

    Dzogchen

    The Self-Perfected State

    • by
    • Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
    • edited by
    • Adriano Clemente
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  9. The Autobiography of Jamgon Kongtrul

    The Autobiography of Jamgon Kongtrul

    A Gem of Many Colors

    • edited by
    • Richard Barron (Chokyi Nyima)
    Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Taye (1813–1899) was one of the most influential figures and prolific writers in the Tibetan Buddhist world. He was a founder and the single most important proponent of the nonsectarian movement that flourished in eastern Tibet and remains popular today. Two additional texts discuss his previous lives and recount Kongtrul's final days. The Autobiography of Jamgön Kongtrul is part of The Tsadra Foundation Series published by… Read More

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  10. Roaring Silence

    Roaring Silence

    Discovering the Mind of Dzogchen

    • by
    • Ngakpa Chogyam,
    • Khandro Dechen
    According to the Vajrayana Buddhist tradition, Dzogchen is the direct experience of enlightenment. In Roaring Silence, Vajrayana teachers Ngakpa Chögyam and Khandro Déchen walk the reader through the meditation techniques that "enable us to side-step the bureaucracy of intellectual processes and experience ourselves directly"—to discover this direct experience of enlightenment that is the mind of Dzogchen. Surprisingly, the approach is very pragmatic. Offering an investigation of… Read More

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