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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 Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion (volume 2)

    The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion (volume 2)

    The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma

    • by
    • Chogyam Trungpa
    • edited by
    • Judith L. Lief
    This comprehensive guide to the body of Buddhist teachings known as the mahayana brings together theory and practice in a way that reveals contemplative experience to be inseparable from the traditional concepts used to describe it. Based on teachings from the Vajradhatu Seminaries—the three-month-long meditation-and-study retreats that Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche led annually from 1973 to 1986—it covers in detail topics such as shunyata (emptiness), bodhichitta (the heart and mind of… Read More

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  2. The Path of Individual Liberation (volume 1)

    The Path of Individual Liberation (volume 1)

    The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma

    • by
    • Chogyam Trungpa
    • edited by
    • Judith L. Lief
    This comprehensive guide to the body of Buddhist teachings known as the hinayana brings together theory and practice in a way that reveals contemplative experience to be inseparable from the traditional concepts used to describe it. Based on teachings from the Vajradhatu Seminaries—the three-month-long meditation-and-study retreats that Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche led annually from 1973 to 1986—it covers in detail topics such as the four noble truths, karma, the four foundations… Read More

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  3. Buddha's Daughters

    Buddha's Daughters

    Teachings from Women Who Are Shaping Buddhism in the West

    • edited by
    • Andrea Miller,
    • Editors of the Shambhala Sun
    Buddhism began to take root in the West at just the same time that women’s voices were arising to find expression here—after millennia of being relegated to the background. If that was a coincidence, it was an auspicious one, for the women who emerged as Buddhist teachers have been among the most articulate of Dharma-communicators—and they remain an indelible feature of Western Buddhism as the practice matures here. The remarkable… Read More

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  4. Welcoming Flowers from across the Cleansed Threshold of Hope

    Welcoming Flowers from across the Cleansed Threshold of Hope

    An Answer to Pope John Paul II's Criticism of Buddhism

    • by
    • Thinley Norbu
    Welcoming Flowers is a pointed critique of the Buddhism chapter of Pope John Paul II’s 1994 best seller, Crossing the Threshold of Hope, written by the highly respected Buddhist teacher Thinley Norbu. In responding to the false charges of Buddhists’ indifference to the world and rejection of reality, Norbu clarifies the Buddhist doctrines of detachment and enlightenment. In addition, he covers the topics of good and evil, human nature, karma,… Read More

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  5. The Life of Longchenpa

    The Life of Longchenpa

    The Omniscient Dharma King of the Vast Expanse

    • by
    • Jampa Mackenzie Stewart
    Renowned as a peerless teacher, practitioner, and scholar, Longchenpa thoroughly studied and mastered every one of the many Buddhist vehicles and lineages of teachings existing in Tibet at his time. Through his radiant intellect and meditative accomplishment, in both his teachings and written works, he was able to reconcile the seeming discrepancies and contradictions between the various presentations of the view and the path within the many lineages of transmission.… Read More

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  6. From Here to Enlightenment

    From Here to Enlightenment

    An Introduction to Tsong-kha-pa's Classic Text The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment

    • by
    • H.H. the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
    When the Dalai Lama was forced to go into exile in 1959, he could take only a few items with him. Among these cherished belongings was his copy of Tsong-kha-pa’s classic text The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment. This text distills all the essential points of Tibetan Buddhism, clearly unfolding the entire Buddhist path. In 2008, celebrating the long-awaited completion of the English translation… Read More

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  7. 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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  8. The Tibetan Yoga of Breath

    The Tibetan Yoga of Breath

    Breathing Practices for Healing the Body and Cultivating Wisdom

    • by
    • Anyen Rinpoche,
    • Allison Choying Zangmo
    Modern science and classic spiritual traditions agree: regulating the breath leads to radiance and wellness of body, mind, and spirit. With the simple teachings and cutting-edge research offered in The Tibetan Yoga of Breath, you can start thriving just by integrating breathwork into your daily practice. Basic Yantra Yoga techniques—also called wind energy training—are the key to achieving this kind of vitality, down to the cellular level. Anyen Rinpoche… Read More

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  9. Preparing to Die

    Preparing to Die

    Practical Advice and Spiritual Wisdom from the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition

    • by
    • Andrew Holecek
    We all face death, but how many of us are actually ready for it? Whether our own death or that of a loved one comes first, how prepared are we, spiritually or practically? In Preparing to Die, Andrew Holecek presents a wide array of resources to help the reader address this unfinished business. Part One shows how to prepare one’s mind and how to help others, before, during, and… Read More

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  10. 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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