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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. Deity, Mantra, and Wisdom

    Deity, Mantra, and Wisdom

    Development Stage Meditation in Tibetan Buddhist Tantra

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    • Jigme Lingpa,
    • Patrul Rinpoche,
    • Getse Mahapandita Tsewang Chokdrub
    Deity, Mantra, and Wisdom contains four of the most cherished Tibetan Buddhist commentaries on the practices of visualization, mantra recitation, and meditative absorption. These three elements form the core of development stage meditation, one of the most important practices of Buddhist Tantra. The authors of these timeless classics—Jigme Lingpa, Patrul Rinpoche, and Getse Mahapandita—have all profoundly shaped Tibetan Buddhism with their vast scholarship and deep spiritual realization. In these… Read More

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  2. Middle Beyond Extremes

    Middle Beyond Extremes

    Maitreya's Madhyantavibhaga with Commentaries by Khenpo Shenga and Ju Mipham

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    • Maitreya
    Middle Beyond Extremes contains a translation of the Buddhist masterpiece Distinguishing the Middle from Extremes. This famed text, often referred to by its Sanskrit title, Madhyāntavibhāga, is part of a collection known as the Five Maitreya Teachings. Maitreya, the Buddha’s regent, is held to have entrusted these profound and vast instructions to the master Asaṅga in the heavenly realm of Tuṣita. In pithy verses, Distinguishing the Middle from… Read More

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  3. Zurchungpa's Testament

    Zurchungpa's Testament

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    • Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
    Zurchungpa's Eighty Chapters of Personal Advice was the final teaching given by the great Nyingma master Zurchung Sherab Trakpa before he passed away. His counsels are the distillation of a lifetime's experience and comprise the practical instructions of a master who had made the teachings of the Great Perfection truly part of himself. The original text consists of almost 580 maxims, organized into eighty chapters covering the entire path… Read More

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  4. Penetrating Wisdom

    Penetrating Wisdom

    The Aspiration of Samantabhadra

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    • Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
    The reason we rely on the Vajra master is that we have already tried many different methods to wake ourselves up, but none of them really worked. We set our alarm clock for the next morning and then in the morning it beeps with a very unconfident beep. When this feeble beep happens, our great samsaric command is to move a hand with tremendous habitual power and press the… Read More

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  5. Nagarjuna's Letter to a Friend

    Nagarjuna's Letter to a Friend

    With Commentary by Kangyur Rinpoche

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    • Nagarjuna
    Nagarjuna's poetic presentation of the fundamental teachings of the Great Vehicle, or Mahayana—whose followers, driven by compassion, strive to attain Buddhahood for the sake of all beings—is remarkable for its concise style and memorable imagery, making it one of the most widely quoted sources in other commentaries on the Mahayana path. This work will appeal to readers with a general interest in Mahayana Buddhism, to those who wish to… Read More

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  6. Tibetan Treasure Literature

    Tibetan Treasure Literature

    Revelation, Tradition, and Accomplishment in Visionary Buddhism

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    • Andreas Doctor
    The Treasure tradition of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism is richly permeated with wonder and controversy. This unique and mysterious tradition embraces revelation as the primary path to spiritual awakening. Over the course of Tibetan history, revelations known as Treasures have been discovered, hidden in nature, or have emerged directly from the great minds of the Nyingma School, creating a profound and lasting effect on Tibetan religious society and… Read More

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  7. Wisdom Nectar

    Wisdom Nectar

    Dudjom Rinpoche's Heart Advice

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    • Dudjom Rinpoche
    Dudjom Rinpoche was one of the seminal figures in Tibetan Buddhism in the twentieth century, yet very few of his religious writings have been translated into English. This volume contains a generous selection of his inspiring teachings and writings, the core of which is a lengthy discussion of the entire path of Dzogchen, including key instructions on view, meditation, and conduct, along with direct advice on how to bring… Read More

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  8. The Treasury of Knowledge: Book Six, Part Four

    The Treasury of Knowledge: Book Six, Part Four

    Systems of Buddhist Tantra

    • 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. The tantric path is often referred to as the indestructible way of secret mantra, the essence of which is the indestructible union of wisdom (the understanding of emptiness) and method (immutable great bliss). This volume sets forth the… Read More

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  9. The Adornment of the Middle Way

    The Adornment of the Middle Way

    Shantarakshita's Madhyamakalankara with Commentary by Jamgon Mipham

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    • Jamgon Mipham,
    • Shantarakshita
    Madhyamaka, or the Middle Way, is accepted by all schools of Tibetan Buddhism as the most profound expression, in philosophical terms, of emptiness, the true nature of phenomena. Emptiness is the basis on which the whole of Mahayana practice is founded, from the mind-training meditations on bodhichitta to the advanced yogas of tantra and dzogchen. The Madhyamaka tradition, inaugurated by Nagarjuna and dominant in India for over a thousand years,… Read More

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  10. Speech of Delight

    Speech of Delight

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

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    • Ju 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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