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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. The Path Is the Goal

    The Path Is the Goal

    A Basic Handbook of Buddhist Meditation

    • by
    • Chogyam Trungpa
    The Buddha taught meditation as the essential spiritual practice. Nothing else is more important. These classic teachings on the outlook and technique of meditation provide the foundation that every practitioner needs to awaken as the Buddha did. Chögyam Trungpa here reveals how the deliberate practice of mindfulness develops into awareness, insight, and openness. He also guides us away from the ego's trap: the urge to make meditation serve our ambition.… Read More

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  2. Into the Heart of Life

    Into the Heart of Life

    • by
    • Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo
    The real test of our Buddhist practice happens not on the cushion or in the protected space of retreat, but moment-to-moment in daily life, particularly when we find ourselves in uncomfortable situations. How do we respond? In this book, one of the most respected Western figures of contemporary Buddhism, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, offers insights gleaned from more than forty years of engagement with Buddhist practice. Her perspective is vast,… Read More

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  3. The Ninth Karmapa's Ocean of Definitive Meaning

    The Ninth Karmapa's Ocean of Definitive Meaning

    • by
    • Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche
    • edited by
    • Lama Tashi Namgyal
    The Ocean of Definitive Meaning by the Ninth Karmapa (1556–1603) is the most profound and famous text on Mahamudra ever written and is of vital importance in the living Kagyu tradition. It offers a detailed, uniquely comprehensive presentation of instruction on both the view and the practice. In the teachings contained in this book, Thrangu Rinpoche has distilled the essence of the Ninth Karmapa's massive text into manageable proportions… Read More

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  4. Bardo Teachings

    Bardo Teachings

    The Way of Death and Rebirth

    • by
    • Lama Lodu Rinpoche
    Bardo Teachings gives readers a precise and vivid description of the way of death and rebirth. It contains a wealth of heretofore untranslated material on the Tibetan presentation of the process of dying, the nature of the intermediate state after death, and the process of taking rebirth. This modest but carefully produced book presents the essence of the Tibetan Book of the Dead in a digestible form. … Read More

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  5. A Practice of Padmasambhava

    A Practice of Padmasambhava

    Essential Instructions on the Path to Awakening

    • by
    • Shechen Gyaltsap IV,
    • Rinchen Dargye
    The Indian master Padmasambhava occupies a special place in the hearts of practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism. By bringing tantric Buddhism to Tibet from India, he inspired a movement of awakening that for centuries has brought countless practitioners to spiritual fulfillment. A Practice of Padmasambhava presents two practical and compelling works related to a visualization and mantra practice of Padmasambhava. This practice is based on the most important revelation… Read More

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  6. Introduction to the Kalachakra Initiation

    Introduction to the Kalachakra Initiation

    • by
    • Alexander Berzin
    Kalachakra is a system of highest tantra practice for overcoming the limitations imposed by historical, astrological, and biological cycles so as to become a Buddha for the benefit of all. His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other great Tibetan teachers have been conferring the Kalachakra initiation in the West, empowering prepared practitioners to engage in its meditations. Large numbers of people also attend this initiation as interested observers and… Read More

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  7. You Are the Eyes of the World

    You Are the Eyes of the World

    • by
    • Longchenpa
    Just as the images on television are nothing more than light, so are our experiences merely the dance of awareness. Often we form attachments to or feel enslaved by these experiences. But they are only reflections. As easily as television pictures vanish when the channel is changed, the power of our experiences fades if we penetrate to the heart of reality—the light of the natural mind within everyone. … Read More

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  8. Work, Sex, Money

    Work, Sex, Money

    Real Life on the Path of Mindfulness

    • by
    • Chogyam Trungpa
    • edited by
    • Carolyn Rose Gimian,
    • Sherab Chodzin Kohn
    Each day we deal with the challenges of ordinary life: a series of mundane experiences that could be summarized by the title of this book, Work, Sex, Money. We all hope that these aspects of our life will be a source of fulfillment and pleasure, and they often are. Yet they are also always sources of problems for which we seek practical advice and solutions. The best prescription, according to… Read More

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  9. Vivid Awareness

    Vivid Awareness

    The Mind Instructions of Khenpo Gangshar

    • by
    • Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche
    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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  10. The Tibetan Buddhism Reader

    The Tibetan Buddhism Reader

    • edited by
    • Reginald A. Ray
    Here is a portable collection of inspiring readings from the revered masters of Tibetan Buddhism. The Tibetan Buddhism Reader includes quotations from major lineage figures from the past such as Padmasambhava, Atisha, Sakya Pandita, Marpa, Milarepa, and Tsongkhapa. Also featured are the writings of masters from contemporary times including the Dalai Lama, Dudjom Rinpoche, Khyentse Rinpoche, Sakya Tridzin, Chögyam Trungpa, and others. Topics include cultivating compassion, letting go of ego,… Read More

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