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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 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Pointing Out the Dharmakaya

    Pointing Out the Dharmakaya

    Teachings on the Ninth Karmapa's Text

    • by
    • Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche
    • edited by
    • Takpo 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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  5. The All-Seeing Boy and the Blue Sky of Happiness
  6. 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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  7. Tibetan Yogas of Body, Speech, and Mind

    Tibetan Yogas of Body, Speech, and Mind

    • by
    • Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
    • edited by
    • Polly Turner
    Understanding how our actions, words, and thoughts interact enhances our ability to progress in spiritual practice and brings us closer to self-realization. In a warm, informal style Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche opens up Tibetan meditation practice to both beginners and experienced students, placing as much emphasis on practice as on knowledge. Depending on the sources of the problems in our lives, he offers practices that work with the body, speech,… Read More

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  8. Dharma Paths

    Dharma Paths

    • by
    • Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
    • edited by
    • Laura M. Roth
    Since its initial publication, Dharma Paths has quietly gained a reputation as one of the most useful introductory texts on Tibetan Buddhism. Assuming no prior background or knowledge of Buddhist terminology, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche presents Buddhist ways of working with anxiety and frustration, the nature and development of love and compassion, and the profound methods of the vajrayana. The Four Noble Truths, taking refuge, and the Stages of the… Read More

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  9. Everyday Consciousness and Primordial Awareness

    Everyday Consciousness and Primordial Awareness

    • by
    • Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche
    • edited by
    • Susanne Schefczyk
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  10. How to Practice Shamatha Meditation

    How to Practice Shamatha Meditation

    The Cultivation of Meditative Quiescence

    • by
    • Gen Lamrimpa
    • edited by
    • Hart Sprager
    In 1988, Gen Lamrimpa, a Tibetan monk, led a one-year retreat in the Pacific Northwest, during which a group of Western meditators devoted themselves to the practice of meditative quiescence (shamatha). This book is a record of the oral teachings he gave to this group at the outset of the retreat. The teachings are brought to life by Gen Lamrimpa's warmth, humor, and extensive personal experience as a contemplative… Read More

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