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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. Buddhism through American Women's Eyes

    Buddhism through American Women's Eyes

    • by
    • Karma Lekshe Tsomo
    The Buddha's path to human transformation declares women and men equally capable of spiritual realization, yet throughout history most exemplars of this tradition have been men. Now, as Buddhism is transmitted to the West, women are playing a major role in its adaptation and development. The conversation presented here takes place among experienced practitioners from many Buddhist traditions who share their thoughts on the Buddhist outlook, its practical application… Read More

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  4. The Heart of the Buddha

    The Heart of the Buddha

    Entering the Tibetan Buddhist Path

    • by
    • Chogyam Trungpa
    In The Heart of the Buddha, the Tibetan meditation master Chögyam Trungpa presents the basic teachings of Buddhism as they relate to everyday life. The book is divided into three parts. In “Personal Journey,” the author discusses the open, inquisitive, and good-humored qualities of the “heart of the Buddha,” an “enlightened gene” that everyone possesses. In “Stages on the Path,” he presents the three vehicles—Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana—that carry the… Read More

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  5. Meditation in Action

    Meditation in Action

    40th Anniversary Edition

    • by
    • Chogyam Trungpa
    This classic teaching by a Tibetan master continues to inspire both beginners and long-time practitioners of Buddhist meditation. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche shows that meditation extends beyond the formal practice of sitting to build the foundation for compassion, awareness, and creativity in all aspects of life. He explores the six activities associated with meditation in action—generosity, discipline, patience, energy, clarity, and wisdom—revealing that through simple, direct experience, one can attain… Read More

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  6. Self-Liberation through Seeing with Naked Awareness

    Self-Liberation through Seeing with Naked Awareness

    • by
    • Padmasambhava
    A text belonging to the same cycle as The Tibetan Book of the Dead, this instruction on the method of self-liberation presents the essence of Dzogchen, The Great Perfection, regarded in Tibet as the highest and most esoteric teaching of the Buddha. Teaching the attainment of Buddhahood in a single lifetime, this text was written and concealed by Guru Padmasambhava in the eighth century and rediscovered six centuries… Read More

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  7. Secret Teachings of Padmasambhava
  8. Daring Steps

    Daring Steps

    Traversing the Path of the Buddha

    • by
    • Ringu Tulku
    • edited by
    • Rosemarie Fuchs
    Daring Steps stands out among the multitude of books on Tibetan Buddhism as being a uniquely accessible overview of the Buddhist path that encompasses all three yanas, or traditional Buddhist spiritual paths. Ringu Tulku—renowned for both his insight and approachable style—consistently brings the teachings back to the reader's own experience as he reveals the vital role of each path in the attainment of genuine realization. This book draws… Read More

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  9. How to Realize Emptiness

    How to Realize Emptiness

    • by
    • Gen Lamrimpa
    • edited by
    • Ellen Posman
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  10. The Buddhist Path

    The Buddhist Path

    A Practical Guide from the Nyingma Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism

    • by
    • Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche,
    • Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche
    An accessible and practical introduction to Tibetan Buddhism as practiced in the Nyingma or 'ancient' tradition, The Buddhist Path presents for us the proper way of cultivating intellect and heart so that our true nature can manifest. The authors provide clear explanations and methods that reveal how the mind functions and what its essence, our primordial nature, is. They impart detailed instructions on how to meditate, using methods ranging from… Read More

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