The title ‘Dalai Lama’ is given to the principal spiritual leader of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. Following the tulku system, the present 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is believed to be the incarnation of Avalokiteśvara, the bodhisattva of compassion. While historically the Dalai Lama was revered primarily as the head of the Gelug school, today he also functions as a non-sectarian leader for the Tibetan community both in Tibet and in exile communities. Among Tibetans, the 14th Dalai Lama is more commonly known by the respected title, Gyalwa (virtuous) Rinpoche. As an advocate for the welfare of Tibetans, he regularly meets with world leaders and has set the stage for numerous projects focused on the environment, neuroscience, and interfaith dialogue. We are honored to offer a selection of books by His Holiness, including those from the Core Teachings of the Dalai Lama series, his three volume commentary on Tsongkhapa’s Great Exposition of Secret Mantra, and many more.

In this world at the present moment, not just nation to nation, but continent to continent we are heavily dependent upon each other. Hence it is essential that there be true cooperation with good motivation. Then we can solve many problems. Good relations, heart to heart, human to human, are very important and very necessary. Everything depends upon good motivation.

-H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama, Kindness, Clarity, Insight

Books by Many of the Fourteen Dalai Lamas


A Reader’s Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva

The great nineteenth-century master Patrul Rinpoche, author of The Words of My Perfect Teacher  and  revered by all Tibetan Buddhists, was known for his wandering ascetic lifestyle, eschewing fam...

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“His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama” Free eBook

a quick glimpse into His Holiness’s teachings from roughly two dozen published works. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama: A Reader's Guide by Shambhala Publications ...

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The Human Situation

Offering of Practice An Excerpt from Refining Gold...

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Free Downloads from The Core Teachings of the Dalai Lama Series

Sign up for a week of essential teachings from His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama ENTER YOUR EMAIL TO RECEIVE A WEEK OF DAILY READINGS FROM THE CORE TEACHINGS OF THE DALAI LAMA SERIES. From ...

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The Dalai Lama on Questions Concerning the Lack of Intrinsic Existence

HH the Dalai Lama understands that questions (or “qualms”) naturally arise for students as they think about key Buddhist tenets. In this adaptation from his book Transcendent Wisdom (now published as Perfecting Wisdom)—translated and edited by B. Alan Wallace—he brings up qualms and gives his...
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The Dalai Lama’s Kindness, Clarity, and Insight

Meditation The tenets of philosophical systems are to be practiced on the basis of a disciplined mental continuum; therefore, meditation is most important both in general and especially in the beginning. Perhaps today as I explain this topic, we could engage in an experiment. Would you like to participate?...
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The Dalai Lama on Taking Responsibility for Negativity

Blaming our friends, enemies, circumstances, or even spirits for our troubles is not helpful, says HH the Dalai Lama in this excerpt from The Union of Bliss and Emptiness. If one is not able to revolt against defilements and negative actions and overcome them, the most harmful factors, then one is not...
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Statues and Stupas

If you have statues, you should not discriminate between them on the basis of their materials, and you must arrange them in a proper order. Even if a statue of a buddha is made of clay, it has to be placed on a high level; and even if your statues of dharmapalas such as Mahakala are made of copper or...
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