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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. Confusion Arises as Wisdom

    Confusion Arises as Wisdom

    Gampopa’s Heart Advice on the Path of Mahamudra

    • by
    • Ringu Tulku
    How could confusion arise as wisdom? According to the Mahamudra view, confusion arises as wisdom when we realize that everything we experience is the radiance of the mind’s own nature. And what is the nature of our mind? And how do we come to recognize that? These are the questions Gampopa answers for his students in the text commented upon here, known as the Great Community Talks. He shows… Read More

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  2. Dreaming Yourself Awake

    Dreaming Yourself Awake

    Lucid Dreaming and Tibetan Dream Yoga for Insight and Transformation

    • by
    • B. Alan Wallace
    • edited by
    • Brian Hodel
    Some of the greatest of life’s adventures can happen while you’re sound asleep. That’s the promise of lucid dreaming, which is the ability to alter your own dream reality any way you like simply by being aware of the fact that you’re dreaming while you’re in the midst of a dream. There is a range of techniques anyone can learn to become a lucid dreamer—and this book provides all the… Read More

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  3. Chogyam Trungpa

    Chogyam Trungpa

    His Life and Vision

    • by
    • Fabrice Midal
    Chögyam Trungpa is virtually synonymous with the transmission of Tibetan Buddhism to the West. Over the course of his seventeen-year teaching career in North America, Trungpa ushered in a radically new approach to spirituality—both rooted in the ancient wisdom of the buddhadharma and thoroughly situated in the contemporary world. His teachings, grounded in what he called the “Shambhala vision,” focused on the development of an enlightened society through the transformation… Read More

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  4. The Heart Attack Sutra

    The Heart Attack Sutra

    A New Commentary on the Heart Sutra

    • by
    • Karl Brunnholzl
    The radical message of the Heart Sūtra, one of Buddhism's most famous texts, is a sweeping attack on everything we hold most dear: our troubles, the world as we know it, even the teachings of the Buddha himself. Several of the Buddha's followers are said to have suffered heart attacks and died when they first heard its assertion of the basic groundlessness of our existence—hence the title of this… Read More

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  5. The Magic of Awareness

    The Magic of Awareness

    • by
    • Anam Thubten
    • edited by
    • Sharon Roe
    The paradox of awareness is very profound and yet very simple. It can't be described because it has no objective qualities and no limitation. Sometimes it comes naturally to the surface when we are fully in the present moment and no longer lost in thought or mental projections. Pure consciousness is neither high nor low, neither pleasant nor unpleasant, neither good nor bad. No matter where we are, no matter… Read More

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  6. The Seven-Point Mind Training

    The Seven-Point Mind Training

    A Tibetan Method for Cultivating Mind and Heart

    • by
    • B. Alan Wallace
    • edited by
    • Zara Houshmand
    In this society, with its hurly-burly pace demanding of our time, it is ever so easy to let life slip by. Looking back after ten, twenty, thirty, years—we wonder what we have really accomplished. The process of simply existing is not necessarily meaningful. And yet there is an unlimited potential for meaning and value in this human existence. The Seven-Point Mind Training is one eminently practical way of tapping… Read More

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  7. History of the Karmapas

    History of the Karmapas

    The Odyssey of the Tibetan Masters with the Black Crown

    • by
    • Lama Kunsang,
    • Lama Pemo,
    • Marie Aubele
    • edited by
    • Maureen Lander
    Masters of esoteric knowledge and miraculous practices, the lineage of the Karmapas is the earliest of all the recognized incarnate lineages and is said to descend from the great Indian tantric master Tilopa through a chain that includes Naropa, Marpa, and Milarepa. The Karmapas are distinguished by their black crowns, said to have been woven by dakinis and symbolizing the activity of the buddhas. Unlike other Tibetan Buddhist lineage… Read More

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  8. Pointing Out the Dharmakaya

    Pointing Out the Dharmakaya

    Teachings on the Ninth Karmapa's Text

    • by
    • Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche
    • edited by
    • Lama Tashi Namgyal
    At the heart of successful Mahamudra practice is the ability to understand the nature of mind. The Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje (1556–1603) was the acknowledged master of this approach. No more authoritative or useful instructions exist than in his three definitive texts on Mahamudra, of which this easy-to-use manual is the shortest and most practical. Pointing Out the Dharmakaya is an indispensable companion to The Ocean of Definitive Meaning,… Read More

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  9. Jamgon Mipam

    Jamgon Mipam

    His Life and Teachings

    • by
    • Douglas Duckworth,
    • Jamgon Mipam
    Jamgön Mipam (1846–1912) is one of the most extraordinary figures in the history of Tibet. Monk, mystic, and brilliant philosopher, he shaped the trajectory of Tibetan Buddhism’s Nyingma school. This introduction provides a most concise entrée to this great luminary’s life and work. The first section gives a general context for understanding this remarkable individual who, though he spent the greater part of his life in solitary retreat,… Read More

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  10. Where Is Tibet?

    Where Is Tibet?

    A Story in Tibetan and English

    • by
    • Gina Halpern
    "Where is Tibet?" is really a way of asking "Where is happiness?" Gina Halpern's enchanting book takes children on a double journey: to a real country, and into their own hearts. Brilliantly illustrated with Tibetan images and colors, this sensitively rendered, cross-cultural book follows the search of a refugee Tibetan boy and girl for their native Himalayan land. The children could be two of the real exiled children now… Read More

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