Dharma Materials: Books and DVDs


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The Tibetan Language Institute offers a wide selection of books on Tibetan culture and philosophy, in addition to language materials. This is an ever-evolving list, put together by David Curtis as an aid to Tibetan language and culture studies. Scroll down the list and read about some amazing books now available to those interested in subjects dealing with Tibet! New books are added often.


Beginning Language Materials Books with English and Tibetan
Level I and II Package Bundle Dharma Materials (Books and DVDs)
Buddhist Books and DVDs for beginners Books about Tara
Books about Sadhanas Books written by HH the Dalai Lama
Books about Tibetan Medicine Works on Tibetan Culture
Books about Dzogchen and Mahamudra Books about Tibetan Philosophy
Books about Tibetan Teachers Books about Tibetan Language and Literature
Women's Studies Books Books on the Heart Sutra
Art of Tibet  


Bokar Rinpoche Kalu Rinpoche
Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoche
HH XIV Dalai Lama Thrangu Rinpoche


Among Tibetan Texts: History and Literature of the Himalayan Plateau (by E. Gene Smith)

"These essays are all characterized by Gene's astonishingly encyclopedic knowledge of Tibetan literature, philosophy, an history, delivered with a kind of easy elegance that makes his erudition appear effortlessness. They are a pleasure to read. There are perhaps only one or two other scholars in the country who even come close to Gene's knowledge of Tibetan culture." --Stephan Beyer, author of The Cult of Tara.


Approaching the Great Perfection: Simultaneous and Gradual Methods of Dzogchen Practice in the Longchen Nyingtig (by Sam van Schaik)

Dzogchen, the Great Perfection, is the highest meditative practice of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism. This book looks at a seminal figure of this lineage, Jigme Lingpa, an 8th-century scholar and meditation master whose cycle of teachings, the Longchen Nyingtig, has been handed down through generations as a complete path to enlightenment.

Ten of Jigme Lingpa's texts are presented here, along with extensive analysis by van Schaik of a core tension within Buddhism: Does enlightenment develop gradually, or does it come all at once? Though these two position are often portrayed by modern scholars as entrenched polemical views, van Schaik explains that both tendencies are present within each of the Tibetan Buddhist schools. He demonstrates how Jigme Lingpa is a great illustration of this balancing act, using the rhetoric of both sides to propel his students along the path of Dzogchen. Extensive bibliography, both Western and Tibetan sources.

"A clear and methodical study of Jigme Lingpa's Treasure and Great Perfection teachings. The book serves also as a lucid introduction to Nyingma philosophy and practice, as well as their relation to other trends in Buddhist thought and meditation."--Janet Gyatso, Harvard University.


Art of Enlightenment: A Perspective on the Sacred Art of Tibet (by the Yeshe De Project, Dharma Publishing)

This book, based on notes given by Tarthang Tulku, offers a concise look at images of enlightenment (mudras and mandalas), a section of sacred art in Tibet (specifically about Tibetan thangkas and the creation of sacred art), and a chapter on preserving Tibetan sacred art through publication and in Nyingma centers. At the end of the book is a page of line drawings of nine typical mudras.

A book adopted for college and university courses.


Bardo Teachings: The Way of Death and Rebirth (by Ven. Lama Lodo)

"Bardo Teachings is remarkable because it reveals a significant portion of the secret tantric path. This is genuine tantra--not a potpourri of western self-help instructions and fragments of eastern thought.

Bardo Teachings is ...a teaching on how to traverse the stages of death without fear. It is as true a guide to tantric Buddhism's view of life and death as can be found in print." San Francisco Chronicle


Beacon of Certainty Illuminating the View of Dzogchen/The Great Perfection (by Mipham, trans. Pettit)

"With this outstanding study and translation of Mipham's Beacon of Certainty, John Pettit makes an especially valuable contribution to our knowledge of Buddhist philosophical thought in Tibet....The remarkable text translated here is traditionally renowned as one of Mipham's foremost essays on Madhyamika thought, one that is intimately related to the perspective of the Great Perfection (dzogchen) teachings of contemplation. Dr. Pettit's perceptive exploration of this work will be much appreciated by all serious readers in Buddhist Studies and the Philosophy of Religion." Matthew Kapstein, Professor of Tibetan Buddhism, University of Chicago.


Becoming the Compassion Buddha: Tantric Mahamudra for Everyday Life (Lama Yeshe, ed. Robina Courtin)

This work is a complete meditation retreat, written by one of the pioneers of Buddhism in the West. Lama Yeshe guides readers through the tantric practice of Avalokiteshvara/Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion, basing his instructions on a text written by His Holiness the Dalai Lama at age nineteen. Lama Yeshe gives special emphasis to mahamudra, the emptiness of one's own mind, and demystifies these esoteric techniques, clearly showing them for what they are: highly developed psychology.


Beginner's Guide to Tibetan Buddhism: Notes from a Practitioner's Journey (Bruce Newman)

This book speaks powerfully and directly to the Western student who is working to integrate this incredibly vast tradition of Tibetan Buddhism into the realities of daily life. Drawing on his many years of practice and teaching, and using personal anecdotes, the author skillfully addresses obstacles, doubts, and confusions that every reader will recognize.

"Bruce Newman has been my close student for almost thirty years. I am confident that he will be able to share his insights with others and help them on the Buddhist Path." Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, Tibetan Buddhist teacher and meditation master.


Being Right Here: A Dzogchen Treasure Text of Nuden Dorje Entitled The Mirror of Clear Meaning (trans. by James Low)

This treasure text of Nuden Dorje renders a very clear and authentic account of the view and essential meditation of dzogchen, the practice of non dual experience. The presentation is in the Men ngag style, a personal instruction distilling the author's own realization in a manner both beautiful and deeply meaningful. The commentary explains pivotal practices and addresses difficulties that arise in meditation. It provides both an expansion of the traditional concepts embodied in the text and an examination of how they can function in contemporary life. Snow Lion.

"Being Right Here is a must-read for anyone interested in awakening the enlightened nature of the mind."--Tulku Thondup Rinpoche.


Blazing Splendor: The Memoirs of the Dzogchen Yogi Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche (trans.by Erik Pema Kunsang and Marcia Binder Schmidt)

With unsurpassed honesty and humility, the highly influential meditation master Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche offers a glimpse into the remarkable reality of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as an in-depth portrait of the lost culture of old Tibet. This grand narrative stretches across generations, providing an inspiring glimpse into a realm of remarkable human achievement quite different from our familiar mundane world. Intimate in tone, these personal memoirs recount the influences and experiences that shaped one of the great spiritual teachers of our time. Blazing Splendor is of both spiritual and historical import.

"Compassion, wisdom, devotion and the innermost nature of mind--you will read about all of these in this book. These stories and memories imply that spiritual realization is really possible...." Sogyal Rinpoche, author of the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.


Bokar Rinpoche: Chenrezig Lord of Love: Principles and Methods of Deity Meditation

The Tibetan Buddhist practices of meditation are part of the spiritual wealth of humanity and deity meditation forms the heart of this treasure. For over a millennium Tibetan lamas have used meditation on deities as a means to master the inner world.

Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara in Sanskrit), the deity that represents the loving and compassionate potential of the mind, is one of the most popular deities of Tibet. In this volume the great teacher Bokar Rinpoche gives detailed instructions for this practice. He specifically addresses the concerns of Western practitioners in offering these unique teachings.The book includes a short chapter of past masters of this meditation: the great female adept Gelongma Palmo; Songsten Gampo, the seventh-century king of Tibet; Shangpa lineage holder Kyergangpa; and Gyalse Tome, author of the Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattvas (various versions and workbooks of the 37 Practices are also available from the Tibetan Language Institute). Also contains beautiful line drawings: Four-Armed Chenrezig, Green Tara, Two-Armed Chenrezig, Thousand-Armed Chenrezig, the seed syllable of Chenrezig, and Chenrezig's mantra.

"Chenrezig is within us because love and compassion are not qualities added to the mind. These qualities are part of the awakened state even if for the moment this state exists only as a potential for us." Bokar Rinpoche.

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Bokar Rinpoche: Death and the Art of Dying in Tibetan Buddhism

Here, one is offered a guide to the different stages of dying that helps with the development of skillful means to encounter death, one's own or that of others.

Buddhism asserts that all beings live beyond the various fluctuations of this life. Death is merely a passage to rebirth in another realm such as the human world, a pure land or Awakening--the flowering of the ultimate nature of the mind. Using the wisdom available in Tibetan Buddhism, Bokar Rinpoche explains and guides us through the experience of death and beyond, step by step training in awareness of impermanence and death under the awakened supervision of a realized master.

There are four chapters in this book: "Death," "The Art of Dying," "Approaching Death," and "When Other People Die." Two appendices: "The Six Bardos" and "Seven Branch Prayer." Many line drawings and short glossary of terms.

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Bokar Rinpoche: Meditation Advice to Beginners

An inexhaustible source of inspiration, the teachings of Bokar Rinpoche help to train the mind and discover the subtle domain of meditation without losing one's way. His book consists of two sections: an approach to meditation and a detailed and informative manual. Bokar Rinpoche shows how suffering and happiness do not depend on external circumstances but on the mind itself. He offers ways to avoid suffering and develop happiness and peace using the practices of mental calming, superior insight, and mahamudra.

"Distracted by sense objects or by the succession of thoughts, our mind never remains stable in its own essence. Knowing how to maintain our mind it its own nature, as it is, without being distracted by either outer phenomena or inner thoughts, is precisely what we mean by meditation." Bokar Rinpoche.

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Bokar Rinpoche: Opening the Door to Certainty: Tibetan Text and English Translation

A condensed version of the Ninth Karmapa's work, The Ocean of Certainty, Bokar Rinpoche has written this as an introduction to meditation practice. It introduces one to the direct understanding of the absolute nature of the mind--Mahamudra. Although it is not a substitute for a living teacher nor a guide to the path of Mahamudra, this book may, however, serve as a friendly companion on the journey: recalling meditators to the various aspects of the path, showing them each particular point, and inviting them to progress and deepen understanding. Book contains English on one side with Tibetan text on the facing page.

"The purpose of Mahamudra is not to bring us something new but to introduce us to that which we already have. Mahamudra meditation allows us to internally grow accustomed to what we have discovered within ourselves through practice following the instructions we have received; it enables us to continuously remain within this awareness." Bokar Rinpoche.

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Bokar Rinpoche and Khenpo Donyo: Profound Wisdom of The Heart Sutra and Other Teachings

The Heart Sutra is one of the most famous texts of Buddhism. Here the historical Shakyamuni Buddha, the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara and Shariputra (one of the foremost disciples of the Buddha) together with the Prajnaparamita (the Mother of all the Buddhas) reveal the wisdom that views phenomena as they are. Commenting on this major Mahayana sutra, Bokar Rinpoche gently brings us to approach inner and outer phenomena with wisdom, love, and compassion. He takes the phenomenon of anger to exemplify his teachings. Khenpo Donyo then instructs on karma, showing that suffering and happiness depend on how one feels, thinks, talks, and acts.

"Although this ultimate reality can be apprehended neither from the outside by means of conceptual representation nor transmitted to another, it can however be experienced from the inside. It will arise and appear in the mind." Bokar Rinpoche.

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Bokar Rinpoche: Taking the Bodhisattva Vow

Mahayana Buddhism (Great Vehicle) finds the incarnation of its ideal in the Bodhisattva-- the one who devotes his or her life to the attainment of Awakening in order to liberate all beings from suffering. The first step on the path of this altruistic ideal is to take the Bodhisattva vow.

In this work, Bokar Rinpoche gives a clear presentation of the Bodhisattva vow, its nature and implications. We learn of aspiring and realizing Bodhicitta (the mind of Awakening) and of the various stages of the Bodhisattvas and their activities. Rinpoche explains how to take the vow, the commitments involved, the precepts to follow, and how to purify should the Bodhisattva vow be broken. Much information and inspiration in this small book! Useful for anyone considering taking this vow or those that want to learn more about their commitments.

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Bokar Rinpoche: Tara, The Feminine Divine

Tara, the most famous female deity in Tibetan Buddhism, is considered both a personification of the Prajnaparamita and a mother dedicated to protecting her followers. From nomads to scholars, Tibetans are profoundly devoted to her. Bokar Rinpoche presents the various aspects of Tara and the origin of her tantra, and he relates contemporary examples of her benevolent activity.

Then he provides an explanation of her praise (the famous "Praise to the Twenty-One Taras": first the complete Tibetan text with English translation on facing pages, then four-line stanzas in Tibetan with commentary).

Finally, there is a chapter entitled "Buddhism and Women": herein, descriptions of remarkable women in Indian Buddhism (Gelongma Palmo, Mandarava, Niguma, and Sukhasiddhi), remarkable women in Tibetan Buddhism (the two spouses of Songtsen Gampo, Yeshe Tsogyal, and Machik Lapdron), and lastly, Bokar Rinpoche's personal encounters with remarkable women (Ugyen Tsomo, Drikung Khandro, and Ani Yesang).

This book would be useful for practitioners of Tara, as well as those interested in Eastern philosophy, general subjects in Tibetan Buddhism, Women's Studies, or Cultural Anthropology.

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Bokar Rinpoche: The Day of the Buddhist Practitioner

Giving up the ordinary activities of the mundane world to devote ourselves to spiritual practice alone would create an ideal condition for inner growth. This is possible for very few individuals. For the rest of us who must juggle work, family, friends, and deal with all kinds of emotions, a way to integrate our spiritual practice into daily like is much needed. Bokar Rinpoche gives us this guidance in a variety of situations so we can ground our spiritual practice in every moment of our ordinary life and become more mindful.

For all of us who must juggle work, family, friends, and deal with all kinds of emotions. This wonderful little book give practitioners an outline for meaningful practice moments throughout the day, including morning milestones, meal practice suggestions, and evening practices. Other chapter headings give guidance for using circumstances mindfully (happiness, suffering, illness, small occasions, television) and developing right conduct (the ten positive deeds and the ten negative deeds). An appendix lists a few important mantras (English phonetics only). There is also a short glossary and index. A treasure!

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Buddha from Dolpo: A Study of the Life and Thought of the Tibetan Master Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen (by Cyrus Stearns)

"This book examines the life and thought of the Tibetan Buddhist master, Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen (1292-1361). Known as 'The Buddha from Dolpo,' he was one of the most important and original thinkers in Tibetan history, and perhaps the greatest expert on the tantric teachings of the Kalachakra or 'Wheel of Time.' Based largely upon esoteric Buddhist knowledge believed to be preserved in the legendary land of Shambhala, Dolpopa's theories continue to excite controversy in Tibetan Buddhism after almost 700 years." SUNY Press.


Buddha's Lions: The Lives of the Eighty-Four Siddhas/Abhayadatta (by Abhayadatta, trans. by James Robinson)

"From farmers and wood-gatherers to royal ministers, scholars, and kings, the great siddhas-- bearers of enlightened knowledge-- came from widely divergent backgrounds. Yet each found within his way of life the keys to realization. Abhayadatta's account of eighty-four great siddhas offers insights into the Vajrayana, the path that transforms ordinary experiences into opportunities for awakening. These stories reveal that the doorway to enlightenment is close at hand, and that the freedom found by the siddhas is as available now as in ages past." Dharma Publishers.


Buddhism for Beginners (Thubten Chodron)

Buddhism for Beginners covers the most fundamental questions and issues that arise in the minds of modern Western individuals who are new to this tradition of practical spirituality. Written in clear and engaging language, this book presents the Buddhist approach to the fundamental issues and concerns of daily life. Thubten Chodron guides us through the basic tenets of Buddhism, encouraging and instructing us in how to live a more peaceful, mindful and satisfying life. She untangles our confusions and leads us through the most basic aspects of this rich, living spiritual tradition.

"This book is written for people wanting to understand Buddhist principles and how to integrate them into their lives...it will be of much benefit to its readers."--The Dalai Lama

"In answering the most basic questions, this book will help new practitioners dispel confusion and gain a realistic, down-to-earth approach to the Buddhist path...the perfect gift for family and friends who wish to understand one's engagement with Buddhism."--Alexander Berzin, author of Relating to a Spiritual Teacher and Developing Balanced Sensitivity


Buddhism in Contemporary Tibet: Religious Revival and Cultural Identity (by Melvyn Goldstein and Matthew Kapstein)

Following the upheavals of the Cultural Revolution, the People's Republic of China gradually permitted the renewal of religious activity. Tibetans, whose traditional religious and cultural institutions had been decimated during the preceding two decades, took advantage of the decisions of 1978 to begin a Buddhist renewal that is one of the most extensive and dramatic examples of religious revitalization in contemporary China. The nature of that revival is the focus of this book.

Five leading specialists in Tibetan anthropology and religion conducted case studies in the Tibet Autonomous Region. There they observed the revival of the Buddhist heritage in monastic communities and among lay persons at popular pilgrimages and festivals.


Center of the Sunlit Sky: Madhymaka in the Kagyu Tradition (by Karl Brunnhölzl)                       

Madhyamaka is a potent and universally accessible means of calming our suffering and awakening to our innate wisdom. The Center of the Sunlit Sky artfully rescues this brilliant teaching from its unwarranted reputation for intellectual opacity and reinstates it as a supremely practical tool kit for everyday living. The aim of this book is to take Madhyamaka out of the purely intellectual corner into which it--unjustly--gets boxed. It is an attempt to show how Madhyamaka actually addresses and works with all of our experiences in life.

The book follows the original Indian sources as well as the standard commentaries on Madhyamaka in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. At the same time, these materials are adapted for a contemporary audience, combining the familiar sharpness of Madhyamaka reasonings (launching a massive assault on our cherished belief systems) with exploring the practical relevance of the Madhyamaka way of mind training.

Part One of the book, "The General Presentation of Madhyamaka in the Kagyu Tradition," provides an overview of the transmission of Madhyamaka from India to Tibet and its relation to Vajrayana and Mahamudra, followed by a general presentation of Madhyamaka in terms of ground, path, and fruition. Further chapters are devoted to the Autonomist-Consequentialist distinction, the controversial issue of "Shentong-Madhyamaka," the distinction between expedient and definitive meaning, and a penetrating presentation of the major differences between the Eighth Karmapa's and Tsongkhapa's interpretations of Madhyamaka.

Part Two consists of a brief introduction to the Bodhicaryavatara and a translation of the Pawo Rinpoche's commentary on its ninth chapter (on knowledge).

The Second Pawo Rinpoche, Tsugla Trengwa (1504-1566) received the majority of his education from the Eighth Karmapa and was a teacher to the Ninth Karmapa. He was a master of sutra and tantra, composed many excellent expositions of dharma teachings, and spent his whole life in protecting and furthering the teachings of the practice lineage.

Karl Brunnhölzl, M.D. was trained as a physician and also studied Tibetology. He received his systematic training in Tibetan language and Buddhist philosophy and practice at the Marpa Institute for Translators, founded by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. Since 1989 he has been a translator and interpreter from Tibetan and English. He is presently mainly involved with the Nitartha Institute as a teacher and translator.

"These English translations and the accompanying analysis of the Second Pawo Rinpoche's and the Eighth Karmapa's commentaries explain Madhyamaka in the Kagyu tradition. Therefore, this work will be very important for students of Buddhism."--Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, tutor to the Seventeenth Karmapa

"The first volume of the Nitartha Institute Series, and a study text for Naropa University's Buddhist Studies program, The Center of the Sunlit Sky: Madhyamaka in the Kagyu Tradition presents the tradition of Madhyamaka Buddhism as more than a purely intellectual exercise, showing how it directly addresses daily life experience. Chapters discuss understanding of two realities, Madhyamaka meditation, the distinctions between Autonomists and Consequentialists, and much more. Overall, The Center of the Sunlit Sky is a determined effort to publish a thorough understanding of the Kagyu view of Madhyamaka for Western readers. Though undoubtedly meant for those already familiar with Buddhism's basic tenets, The Center of the Sunlit Sky presents complex philosophical and spiritual precepts in as clear and direct terms as possible for Western minds. A 'must-have' for anyone seeking to better understand the Madhyamaka Buddhism as has been practiced in Tibet for centuries."-- Midwest Book Review

"The book is geared toward the contemporary Buddhist practitioner; Brunnholzl discusses not only Madhyamaka methods of reasoning but also their use in analytic meditation...follows a Tibetan commentarial format in which one raises rhetorical questions, outlines one's own system in response, and supports one's argument with quotes from authoritative Indian sources."-- Buddhadharma

"This book gives, for the first time in Western publications, a comprehensive presentation of the unique Kagyu view of Madhyamaka...In sum, this is a pioneering effort to make Kagyu scholarship on Madhyamaka philosophy known to a wider audience."-- The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, author of Wild Awakening


Chogyam Trungpa: Born in Tibet

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche--meditation master, scholar, and artist--was identified at the age of only thirteen months as a major tulku, or reincarnation of an enlightened teacher. Trungpa Rinpoche's account of his experiences as a young monk, his duties as the abbot and spiritual head of a great monastery, and his moving relationships with his teachers offers a rare and intimate glimpse into the life of a Tibetan lama. The memoir concludes with his daring escape from Tibet to India. In an epilogue, he describes his emigration to the West, where he encountered many people eager to learn about the ancient wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism. Shambhala.


Chogyam Trungpa: Journey without Goal: The Tantric Wisdom of the Buddha

Based on the author's talks at Naropa University in Boulder Colorado, this volume introduces the reader to the principles of tantra, based on the practice of meditation, which leads to the discovery of egolessness. Trungpa Rinpoche provides a direct and experiential picture of the tantric world, explaining the importance of self-existing energy, the mandala principle, differences between Buddhist and Hindu tantra--stressing the non-theistic foundation of Buddhism. The role of the teacher and the meaning of tantric transmission are also presented. Written for the student of Buddhism rather than the scholar, Journey without Goal demystifies the vajrayana and at the same time affirms the power and sacredness of its ancient teaching.


Chogyam Trungpa: Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation

In this book, Chogyam Trungpa explores the meaning of freedom in the profound context of Tibetan Buddhism. He shows how attitudes, preconceptions and even spiritual practices can become chains that bind a person to repetitive patters of frustration and despair. He also explains the role of meditation in bringing into focus the causes of frustration and in allowing these negative forces to become aids in advancing toward true freedom.

Here we can experience through the printed word Trungpa Rinpoche's unique ability to express the essence of Buddhist teachings in the language and compelling imagery of contemporary American culture.

"If you already have your copy of Trungpa Rinpoche's Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, you will want to get this companion volume. If you have not yet discovered the Buddhist psychology and meditative practice of Tibet, this book is a masterful introduction by itself ....These lectures are masterpieces of skillful communication. Trungpa;s style is so simple, yet so precise, that reading the words is like entering into a delightful dance--with one's own basic sanity as partner." Journal of Transpersonal Psychology


Chogyam Trungpa: Rain of Wisdom: Vajra Songs of the Great Kagyu Masters (trans. Nalanda Translation Committee)

The tradition of composing spontaneous songs that express spiritual understanding has existed in Tibet for centuries. Over one hundred of these profound and inspiring songs are found in this collection of the work of some of the greatest teachers of the Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. With their vivid imagery and deep insight, the songs in this book communicate in a very direct way profound and timeless insight. The Rain of Wisdom is read aloud in its entirety by Tibetan Buddhists every year on the New Year.  Listed here because it contains a 35-page glossary of Buddhist terminology which includes the Tibetan for many of the most important terms encountered in reading Vajrayana texts.


Chogyam Trungpa: Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior

In this practical guide to enlightened living, Chogyam Trungpa offers an inspiring vision for our time, based on the figure of the sacred warrior. In ancient times, the warrior learned to master the challenges of life, both on and off the battlefield. He acquired a sense of personal freedom and power--not through violence or aggression, but through gentleness, courage, and self-knowledge. The Japanese samurai, the warrior-kings of Tibet, the knights of medieval Europe, and the warriors of the Native American tribes are a few examples of this universal tradition of wisdom.

With this book the warrior's path is opened to contemporary men and women in search of self-mastery and greater fulfillment. Interpreting the warrior's journey in modern terms, Trungpa Rinpoche discusses such skills as synchronizing mind and body, overcoming habitual behaviors, relaxing within discipline, facing the world with openness and fearlessness, and finding the sacred dimension of everyday life. Above all, Trungpa shows that in discovering the basic goodness of human life, the warrior learns to radiate that goodness out into the world for the peace and sanity of others.

"The basic wisdom of Shambhala," Trungpa writes, "is that in this world, as it is, we can find a good and meaningful human life that will also serve others. That is our true richness."


Clarifying the Natural State: A Principle Guidance Manual for Mahamudra (Dakpo Tashi Namgyal)

A practical manual for both teacher and student alike, Clarifying the Natural State covers the path from mindfulness to complete enlightenment, simply and methodically. Presenting the profound and ultimate instructions of Mahamudra, it embodies the realization of India and Tibet's greatest masters.

"The words of Dakpo Tashi Namgyal are unique. Adorned with plenty of pithy advice out of his personal experience, practitioners are greatly benefited by his instructions on how to remove hindrances and progress further. His methods for practicing Mahamudra are preeminent. This book is indispensable as it focuses exclusively on practice." Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

"Elevate your experience and remain wide open like the sky. Expand your mindfulness and remain pervasive like the earth. Steady your attention and remain unshakable like a mountain. Brighten your awareness and remain shining like a flame. Clear your thought, free wakefulness and remain lucid like a crystal." Dakpo Tashi Namgyal, 16th Century.


Cult of Tara: Magic and Ritual in Tibet (Stephan Beyer)

A wonderful book for those interested in the Tara ritual in particular or Tantric rituals in general. Includes a long bibliography and index.

"Opens a new door for the Western student of religion to the understanding of ritual in one of its most sophisticated and artistic forms....The author provides a precise and descriptive representation of the actual rituals [associated with Tara]. He gives a very readable translation of the important parts of the ritual texts such as the visualizations of the contemplated deity, prayers, praises, offerings and innovations along with a detailed account of what the participants actually do. These descriptions are much aided by simple and comprehensible sketches of the hand gestures to be performed as well as attractive drawings of the different deities involved...and photographs of the preparation of the rituals and ritual in progress." --Artibus Asiae

"The fullest(almost an encyclopedic) description of the Tantric model of religious life yet published. It is an outstanding achievement, from the foreword by Kees W. Bolle to the notes and index." --Times Literary Supplement


Dalai Lama: Buddhism of Tibet (trans and ed. by Jeffrey Hopkins)

"The Buddhism of Tibet consists of four texts that the Dalai Lama specially wrote or chose for Western Readers:

The Buddhism of Tibet by the Dalai Lama is a concise introduction to the principal topics and central practices of Buddhism.

The Key to the Middle Way by the Dalai Lama presents an acute and precise insights into the nature of emptiness.

The Precious Garland by Nagarjuna is a description of the Bodhisattva path of compassion and a clear, concise analysis of the Buddha's teaching on emptiness.

The Song of the Four Mindfulnesses by the 7th Dalai Lama is accompanied by a commentary by the present Dalai Lama.This short poem contains all the essentials of sutra and tantra. It is to be used as a basis for meditations on mindfulness of the guru, altruism, deity yoga and emptiness." Snow Lion

"The book will give the beginner an excellent foundation in Tibetan Buddhism."-- The Tibet Journal


Dalai Lama: Commentary of the Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva

Ngulchu Gyalsas Thogmed Zangmo's The Thirty Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva is one of Tibetan Buddhist's most popular texts, incorporated in the Mind Training text, and also able to be explained according to the Lam Rim tradition. Its advice is timeless and its relevance is universal.

This commentary by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, as expounded during Kalachakra teachings at Bodh Gaya, is characterized by its clarity, practicality and profundity. Each stanza of the root text is elucidated precisely and in accessible language; in addition, His Holiness the Dalai Lama gives introductory talks at the start of each day of teaching in which he touches on every aspects of our daily lives.

Thus, the contents of this book will be beneficial to Buddhist scholars and general readers alike.


Dalai Lama: Dalai Lama at Harvard: Lectures on the Buddhist Path to Peace (trans. and ed. by Jeffrey Hopkins)

"In 1981, His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave an in-depth introduction to Buddhist theory and practice in a series of lectures at Harvard University. Using the foundational Buddhist topic of the Four Noble Truths, he covers a spectrum of topics such as: The Psychology of Cyclic Existence; Consciousness and Karma; Cessation and Buddha Nature; Paths and the Utilization of Bliss; Techniques for Meditation; Altruism; Valuing Enemies; Wisdom." Snow Lion

"The best teachings from the East are the ones given by the Dalai Lama."--Joseph Campbell


Dalai Lama: Dzogchen: Heart Essence of the Great Perfection

These teachings on Dzogchen, the heart essence of the ancient Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, were given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Western students in Europe and North America. His Holiness offers the reader an unprecedented glimpse into one of Buddhism's most profound systems of meditation.

Paying tribute to the uniqueness of Dzogchen, His Holiness sets it within the wider spectrum of Tibetan Buddhism as a whole. He explains the essence of Dzogchen practice and addresses questions such as why Dzogchen is called "the pinnacle of all vehicles," what are its special features, and what are the crucial principles of the other Buddhist paths which a Dzogchen practitioner should know. This is a book of uncommon richness.

Includes extensive English to Tibetan (Wylie) glossary of terms and bibliography.


Dalai Lama: Essence of the Heart Sutra (trans. Geshe Thupten Jinpa)

The Heart Sutra contains Buddhism's most direct, most succinct teaching about the true nature of our own being and of all reality. These subtle and easily misunderstood teachings lie at the very heart of all Buddhist wisdom, and a thorough understanding of them is essential for attaining what the Dalai Lama calls "an unmistaken view of reality"--a view that brings about true liberation from the source of all suffering. These teachings unfold through a series of increasingly subtle presentations, carefully building one atop another, in lucid language that will appeal both to readers with a great deal of familiarity with Buddhism and those with none at all.


Dalai Lama: Healing Anger (trans. by Thupten Jinpa)

Buddhist traditions unanimously state that compassion and love are the foundation of all paths of practice. To cultivate the potential for compassion and love inherent within us, it is crucial to counteract their opposing forces of anger and hatred. The Dalai Lama shows how patience and tolerance overcome the obstacles of anger and hatred. His Holiness presents the practice of the Six Perfections, the central role of bodhichitta, and the twelve links of dependent origination,  and he also offers a clear road map for the practitioner to achieve the goal of liberation. The techniques and methods are relevant for everyone--the Dalai Lama shows the power that patience and tolerance have to heal anger and to generate peace in the world.

"The Dalai Lama teaches with clear and forceful language."--Publishers Weekly

"The theme of healing anger has great relevance to our lives. It is what we all seek."--Values & Visions Magazine

"These teachings help us practice the ideals of the Bodhisattva."--NAPRA ReView

"Healing Anger shows that Shantideva's teaching many centuries ago can still speak to this generation and be a source of strength to change our society."--Asian Thought & Society


Dalai Lama: Kalachakra Tantra Rite of Initiation (trans., ed., and introduced by Jeffrey Hopkins)

The Kalachakra--or "Wheel of Time"--tantra is one of the most detailed and encompassing systems of theory and practice within Tibetan Buddhism. This book contains a complete translation of the Kalachakra initiation ritual interspersed with commentary from the Dalai Lama, a valuable new index, and a comprehensive introduction by Professor Jeffrey Hopkins that explores the Kalachakra's rich symbolism and history.


Dalai Lama: Kindness, Clarity, and Insight (trans. and ed, by Jeffrey Hopkins; co-ed. by Elizabeth Napper )

"This best-selling book contains a collection of talks given by the Dalai Lama to Western audiences during his tours of North America. His talks are arranged so that they become progressively deeper, beginning with Religious Values and Human Society and moving on to Altruism and the Six Perfections; The Luminous nature of the Mind; Deities; Transforming the Mind through Meditation; Om Mani Padme Hum; Tibetan Views on Dying; Self and Selflessness." Snow Lion


Dalai Lama: Path to Bliss (trans. by Geshe Thupten Jinpa).

"One of the most accessible of the traditional introductions to Tibetan Buddhism. Outlines systematic practices which cultivate our true inner potential, not assuming any prior experience on the part of the beginner, while providing rich material for the more advanced practitioner. " Snow Lion

"Path to Bliss sets a new standard for accessibility and sheer pleasure of reading for translations from Tibetan."--Daniel Goleman, Parabola Magazine


Dalai Lama: Path to Enlightenment (trans. and ed. by Glenn H. Mullin).

Continuing the living Tibetan tradition to the present day, the Dalai Lama beautifully elucidates an extensive teaching on the path to enlightenment in Tibetan Buddhism through his own direct spiritual advice and personal reflections. His discourse draws out the meaning of the Third Dalai Lama's famous Essence of Refined Gold and speaks directly to the reader, offering spiritual advice, his personal reflections and scriptural commentary. He elucidates in practical terms what the student must do to attain enlightenment. Snow Lion

Path to Enlightenmentis a new edition of Essence of Refined Gold.


Dalai Lama: A Policy of Kindness (Compiled and ed by Sidney Piburn, foreword by Senator Claiborn Pell)

This is an excellent introduction to the life and teachings of the Dalai Lama.

"...This is a very important collection...the writings are well chosen...most highly recommended."--Library Journal

"The Dalai Lama: A Policy of Kindness brought me gently and pleasantly into the life and mind of this extraordinary spiritual leader and assured the success of my interview with him."--Bill Moyers, PBS Television, Public Affairs TV, Inc.

"The style with which the editor captured the essence of this remarkable individual prevails in the excellent choice of material. A Policy of Kindness is ideal...the selections have substance, are beautifully written, and cultivate a rich sense of depth and versatility on themes that range from an intimate look into the life of the Dalai Lama to his thoughts on an assortment of current topics...elegant, inexpensive and captivating."--The Book Review


Dalai Lama: Transcendent Wisdom (trans and ed. by B. Alan Wallace)

"The Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life is one of the books most highly recommended by the Dalai Lama for Mahayana practice. The ninth chapter of that book, on Transcendent Wisdom, is known among Buddhist scholars as a challenging and profound exposition of Madhyamaka philosophy. This extraordinarily clear exposition by the Dalai Lama with its precise elucidation of core issues of Tibetan Buddhism, stands as a key work in Buddhist literature. B. Alan Wallace has translated, edited and added explanatory notes to this valuable commentary." Snow Lion

"In this work we have the Dalai Lama at full strength ...a profound work." --Parabola Magazine


Dalai Lama: World of Tibetan Buddhism: An Overview of Its Philosophy and Practice (annotated by Geshe Thupten Jinpa)

With characteristic humility, His Holiness the Dalai Lama begins this landmark survey of the entire Buddhist path saying, "I think an overview of Tibetan Buddhism for the purpose of providing a comprehensive framework of the Buddhist path may prove helpful in deepening your understanding and practice.

His Holiness explains the path to enlightenment via a general overview of its basic theories and practices, a commentary on selected readings from Shantideva's Bodhicaryavatara, the practice of love, kindness, and compassion, and lastly, a discussion of Vajrayana Buddhism and the path of tantra. A great book!

"His Holiness offers a clear and penetrating overview of Tibetan Buddhist practice from the Four Noble Truths to Highest Yoga Tantra with, as always, special emphasis on the practice of love, kindness, and universal responsibility." -Richard Gere, from the foreword.


Diamond Cutter: The Buddha on Strategies for Managing Your Business and Your Life (by Geshe Michael Roach)

Geshe Michael Roach, a Western teacher of Tibetan Buddhism, has richly woven The Diamond Cutter in three layers. The first is a translation of selections from the Diamond Sutra itself, an ancient text comprised of conversations between the Buddha and his close disciple Subhuti. Considered a central work by Buddhists throughout the world, the Diamond Sutra has been the focus of much interpretation over the centuries. In the second layer, Geshe Michael quotes from some of the best commentaries of the Tibetan tradition. In the main text, the third layer, he uses both sutra and commentary as a jumping-off point for presenting his own teaching.

Geshe Michael gives fresh insight into ancient wisdom by using examples from his own experience as one of the founders of the Andin International Diamond Corporation, which was started with capital of fifty thousand dollars and which today has annual sales in excess of one hundred million dollars.

Other Buddhist books offer you a path to happiness, Geshe Michael Roach offers a path to wealth. Roach, who while being a monk helped build a $100 million business, demonstrates how ancient notions in The Diamond Cutter sutra can help you succeed. Drawing on lessons he learned in the diamond business and years in Buddhist monasteries, Roach shows how taking care of others is the ultimate path to taking care of oneself, even--especially--in business. As he puts it, you have to engage in "mental gardening," which means doing certain practical things that will form new habits that will create your ideal reality. If this sounds a little outrageous, his very precise instructions are down to earth and address numerous specific issues common to the business/management world. Through this practice, you will become a considerate, generous, introspective, creative person of immense integrity, and that will be the key to your wealth. At first this book seems like a gimmick and the writing isn't without rough patches, but page by page, as Roach introduces you to the practical details and real-life examples, his arguments become more convincing. A cross between the Dalai Lama's ethics and Stephen Covey's Seven Habits, The Diamond Cutter will have you "gardening" a path to the bank. --Brian Bruya


Door to Inconceivable Wisdom and Compassion (Khenpo Palden Sherab Rinpoche, trans. by Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche, foreward by H.H. the Dalai Lama)

Of all the Mahayana Buddhist teachings currently available in the Western hemisphere, none is as seminal as the instruction on bodhicitta, a Sanskrit term symbolizing the union of loving-kindness, compassion, and the wisdom of ultimate reality. Khenpo Palden Sherab Rinpoche opens wide The Door to Inconceivable Wisdom and Compassion by skillfully presenting a full spectrum of understandings and everyday applications regarding this most powerful, immediate and practical means of spiritual transformation and realization.

Bodhicitta has been variously translated as "the state of pure and total presence," "the primordial ground of being," and "the mind or heart of awakening." As both the foundation and ultimate fruit of the path, the informed practice of bodhicitta merges and empowers the activities of our ordinary body, speech and mind with the supreme qualities evinced by all the Buddhas. Both beginners and advanced students of inner transformation will treasure this book for its straightforward explanations and profound insights into the heart of sentient beings, Buddhist practice, and Universal Enlightenment.


Dream Yoga and the Practice of Natural Light (Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, ed. and introduced by Michael Katz)

Secret Tibetan methods for working with dream states.

"Going beyond the practices of lucid dreaming that have been popularized in the West, this groundbreaking book presents the hidden Tibetan methods for manipulating dream states. In this tradition, the development of lucidity in the dream state is seen in the context of attaining greater awareness in the after-death bardo states and ultimately attaining liberation." Snow Lion

"...opens up a whole new world to the serious practitioner of meditation...he offers a tantalizing glimpse of the potential for transformative spiritual experiences while we slumber."--Yoga Journal


Drinking the Mountain Stream: Songs of Tibet's Beloved Saint, Milarepa (trans. Lama Kunga Rinpoche and Cutillo)

Redeemed from a life of evil, Milarepa became one of the most celebrated saints of all time. Known for his penetrating insights, wry sense of humor, and ability to render any lesson into spontaneous song, Milarepa wandered the rugged terrain of eleventh-century Tibet and Nepal guiding countless followers along the Buddhist path through his songs of liberation.

More than any other collection of his stories and songs, Drinking the Mountain Stream reveals Milarepa's actions as scathingly direct, his humor and wisdom more acutely penetrating as he cuts through the veil of illusion. Verse after verse, like Milarepa's original followers, you too will be drawn to the deepest source of inspiration.

With profound insight into the poet-saint himself, Lama Kunga Rinpoche and Brian Cutillo render a faithful and lyrical translation of this precious collection of Milarepa's songs.

"All the water and drink you've consumed/Through beginningless time until now/Has failed to slake thirst or bring you contentment./Drink therefore this stream/Of enlightenment mind, fortunate ones." --Milarepa


Dzogchen Essentials: The Path that Clarifies Confusion (Compiled and ed. by Marcia Binder Schmidt)

Dzogchen Essentials offers an exciting, diverse selection of material, both new and traditional, for study and practice in the Dzogchen tradition. These teachings are principally about clarifying confusion, the mistaken ways we normally relate to our perceptions of environment, body, and senses. Rather than continue the habits of insisting on a solid reality, we are given skillful alternatives and practices and the method to integrate them with the view of the Great Perfection.

Dzogchen Essentials is for the dedicated Vajrayana student. Carrying on from The Dzogchen Primer, it contains a wide range of selections upholding the style of the simple meditator, including pieces by Padmasambhava, Tulku Thondup Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Sogyal Rinpoche, and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Additional sources and facilitator's guidelines enrich study groups and nurture the lone practitioner. ($18.00)

"Dzogchen, also known as The Great Perfection, is arguably the heart of Tibetan Buddhist meditation, and in this impressive collection Schmidt pulls together writings from historic and contemporary masters to facilitate study for serious, committed beginners and longtime practitioners. This sequential manual is designed to aid individuals as well as Sangha or workshop leaders, and offers facilitator guidelines, a glossary, author profiles, and a bibliography....Not a collection of academic ruminations, this important work also stresses application."--Publishers Weekly.



Dzogchen: The Self-Perfected State (by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu,ed. by Adriano Clemente; translated by John Shane).

A clear explanation of Dzogchen teachings and practice.

"As Chogyal Namkhai Norbu explains in this very readable book, our natural condition is self-perfected from the very beginning. What is necessary is that we reawaken and remain in our true nature. Through understanding and practice, we can rediscover the effortless knowledge of the Self-Perfected State that lies beyond our habitual anguish and confusion, and remain in this uninterrupted flow of contemplation, completely relaxed but fully present, through all activities. Rinpoche clearly explains the Dzogchen teachings and practices in a simple and non-intellectual manner." Snow Lion


Eighth Situpa on the Third Karmapa's Mahamudra Prayer (trans. Lama Sherab Dorje, introduction by Thrangu Rinpoche)

Here, in one compact volume, are all the stages of instruction on the path of mahamudra. Included are concise and complete formal instructions on the ground, path, and fruition of this penetrating practice. This vast and profound commentary originates with the Eighth Situpa, a remarkable scholar and practitioner who is considered the most accomplished of all the Situ emanations.

Includes useful appendices: a glossary of technical terms (English, Tibetan phonetics, and Wylie transliterated orthography); a glossary of transliterated Tibetan names and terms (English and Wylie); a bibliography of works cited (mostly Tibetan works), and a copy of the text in Tibetan by the Eighth Situpa (reprint of original text, small print but readable).

The Third Gyalwa Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje (author of the root text) was a central figure in both the Kagyu and Nyingtik traditions of Tibet. He was a highly renowned practitioner of mahamudra and secret mantra.

"Lama Sherab Dorje offers us an accurate and highly readable translation of this masterwork of Kagyu Buddhism ...a text that deserves to be studied in depth."--Matthew Kapstein



Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs (by Robert Beer)

This study of the sacred art of Tibet is the result of eight years of meticulous brush drawing, and a lifetime spent researching and reflecting upon the inner and often hidden meanings and origins encapsulated in this most complex of iconographical traditions. Several thousand individual drawings arranged as a series of 169 plates illustrate the many variations in style and individual expression of these ritual objects. The text interweaves the origins, meanings and functions of these symbols, derived from India, Tibet and China, into a comprehensive tapestry within a Buddhist conceptual framework. This book will become a classic not only for all those interested in Tibetan religious culture, but for artists, designers and others who look eastwards in a search for meaning.

Robert Beer, a British artist, has studied and practised Tibetan thangka painting for the last 30 years. One of the first Westerners to become actively involved in this art form, he initially studied for a period of years in India and Nepal with several of the finest Tibetan artists living at the time. Over the last 18 years he has concentrated on producing an extensive series of iconographical brush drawings depicting the symbols, lineage holders and major deities which occur in the vast spectrum of Tibetan art. This book on symbols and motifs is the first part of this series to be published.


Excellent Path to Enlightenment (by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche)

In this book Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche explains a standard practice text composed by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820-1892) on the Vajrayana preliminaries: taking refuge, generating the thought of achieving enlightenment for the sake of all beings, performing the meditation and recitation of Vajrasattva to remove hindrances on the path to enlightenment, offering the mandala to accumulate merit and wisdom, and developing proper reliance on a spiritual teacher.

Clear, direct and personal, these instructions illuminate the heart of Vajrayana practice. Included here are the Tibetan text as well as the mantras and prayers commonly recited in conjunction with this practice.


Festivals of Tibet (by Tsepak Rigzin)

Tsepak Rigzin's Festivals of Tibet is an invaluable work that captures the true essence of Tibetan festive traditions. Festivals such as Losar (The Tibetan New Year), Monlam (The Great Prayer Festival), Saga Dawa (Buddha's Descent from the Tushita Heaven), and the H.H the Dalai Lama's birthday are each colorfully described with their own special charm. Tibet's rich and diverse festivals are explored, both in its historical and Buddhist context. Festivals of Tibet offers to the reader a glimpse into Tibet, bringing to life its people and its cultural traditions for all to enjoy.

Flight of the Garuda: Dzogchen Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism (by Keith Dowman)

As the mystical teachings of Dzogchen are becoming more widely taught in the West, those who wish to gain further insight into these clear and powerful practices will find Flight of the Garuda to be essential.

The book conveys the heart advice of one of the most beloved masters of Tibet. The itinerant yogi Shabkar communicates the essence of the Dzogchen teachings through songs both poetic and poignant.

Along with Shabkar's songs, Keith Dowman has translated four other seminal Dzogchen texts, including one by Patrul Rinpoche that is new to this edition. Dzogchen practice brings us into direct communion with the most subtle nature of experience, the unity of samsara and nirvana as experienced within our own consciousness, bringing the meditator face to face with the nature of reality. Buddhists of all stripes, including practitioners of Zen and Vipassana, will find ample sustenance in these lyrical explications of the Dzogchen view.

Garland of Mahamudra Practices: A Translation of Kunga Rinchen's Clarifying the Jewel Rosary of the Profound Fivefold Path (trans. Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen Rinpoche)

Mahamudra, or the Great Seal, refers to a path to enlightenment taught by the Buddha and transmitted through the spiritual lineage of Tilopa, Naropa, Marpa, and Milarepa. Gampopa, a disciple of Milarepa who lived in the 11th century, brought together these teachings of the Buddha into one five-fold path consisting of an enlightened motivation, deity yoga, guru yoga, mahamudra and proper dedication. His main disciple, Pakmo Drupa, gave this approach the name "The Profound Five-fold Path of Mahamudra."

Jigten Sumgon, the successor of Pakmo Drupa, founded the Drikung Kagyu order and taught Mahamudra extensively. the 15th successor of jigten Sumgon, Kunga Rinchen, known for the directness and clarity of his teachings, composed the text translated here, Clarifying the Jewel Rosary of the Profound Five-Fold Path.

This text is a manual of practical instructions for students who are, or are thinking about, practicing the path of Mahamudra.

"A translation of an important work of Tibetan Buddhism ...a clear and concise summary of the Vajrayana path as understood in the Kagyu tradition."--Reginald Ray


Gates to Buddhist Practice: Essential Teachings of a Tibetan Master (Chagdud Tulku) (revised edition)

In Gates to Buddhist Practice, His Eminence Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche presents the traditional wisdom of the Vajrayana path. Since its original publication, Rinpoche has continued to teach widely and address the questions of sincere students grappling with the many challenges, concerns, and even skepticism encountered in genuine spiritual practice. These questions, as well as Rinpoche's incisive responses, form the basis of the material added to this revised edition. Rinpoche provides insight into formal meditation practice and demonstrates how spiritual truths can be of immediate help in our daily lives. Thus new readers will benefit from other students efforts to clarify their understanding with an authentic spiritual teacher.

"This is a rare book: a brilliant guide to the spiritual path by a master of outstanding qualities who has taught in the West now for many years. Simple yet profound, intimate and immediate, Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche's words speak to us all. They show how, by bringing the light of wisdom and compassion into every corner of our lives, we can come to understand the mind and transform its emotions, and so discover the boundless freedom of our true nature."--Sogyal Rinpoche



Generation Stage in Buddhist Tantra (Gyatrul Rinpoche)

This book offers an extremely clear and accessible presentation of the generation stage practices of deity yoga. Gyatrul Rinpoche explains the state of mind to be established at the beginning of the practice session, the details of the visualization sequences, the three types of offerings and proper mantra recitation, as well as mudras (ritual hand gestures), tormas (ritual food offerings--the famous butter sculptures), and malas (the Tibetan rosary). Practitioners from all lineages of Tibetan Buddhism will find that these teachings enhance their understanding of sadhana practice. Rinpoche's detailed explanations make it possible to practice these meditations as they were intended and as they were practiced in Tibet and ancient India.

Includes a section with detailed section of black and white photos/plates, a page of mantras, and a section detailing mandalas.

Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche was appointed as spiritual representative for H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche in America in 1976.



Glimpse after Glimpse: Daily Reflections on Living and Dying (Sogyal Rinpoche)

Daily inspiration for the heart, from the living wisdom of Tibet.

Inspired by Sogyal Rinpoche's modern spiritual spiritual classic, the bestselling The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, these thought-provoking reflections and teaching stories are a rich source of contemplation, serenity, and joy throughout the day.

Elegantly illustrated with original calligraphy by Sogyal Rinpoche and rare photographs of great Tibetan masters, Glimpse After Glimpse addresses the trials and rewards of the spiritual path, acceptance of death, meditation, karma, compassion in action, and much more--all with Sogyal Rinpoche's eloquent and engaging warmth, wit, and wisdom.


The Golden Letters: The Three Statements of Garab Dorje, the first teacher of Dzogchen, together with a commentary by Dza Patrul Rinpoche entitled "The Special Teaching of the Wise and Glorious King (foreward by Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, trans., introduction and commentaries by John Reynolds)

According to the Nyinmapa school of Tibetan Buddhism, the teachings of Dzogchen, "the Great Perfection," were first expounded by the Buddhist master Garab Dorje in the country of Uddiyana. This tradition of Buddhist teaching, which directly introduces the practitioner to the nature of mind, was then transmitted to India and later to Tibet.

The essence of Garab Dorje's message is found in "The Three Statements that Strike the Essential Points." In the 19th century, the famous master Patrul Rinpoche wrote a brilliant commentary on these three statements together with the practices relating to them, entitled "The Special Teaching of the Wise and Glorious King." These important Dzogchen texts are here translated from the Tibetan, notes, commentaries, a bibliography of selected books and articles in English, and glossary of Dzogchen terms are also included.



Great Kagyu Masters: The Golden Lineage Treasury (trans. Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen Rinpoche)

"The lives of the great Kagyupa teachers represent a living enactment of their personal trials and triumphs while vividly depicting the transformation of their existential shortcomings into transcendent perfection. With their concern for universal well-being and freedom as the motivating force, these teachers have shown the way to the all-around transformation of one's self-centeredness into universal concern and compassion and of self-delusion into wisdom." Lobsang Lhalungpa


Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life (by Shantideva, trans. and ed. by Vesna A. Wallace and B. Alan Wallace)

In the whole of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition there is no single treatise more deeply revered or widely practiced than A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life. Composed in the 8th century by the Indian Bodhisattva Shantideva, it became an instant classic in the curricula of the Buddhist monastic universities of India, and its renown has grown ever since.

Shantideva's presentation of the methods to harmonize one's own way of life with the Bodhisattva ideal begins with a praise of the spirit of awakening, the Bodhisattva's altruistic aspiration to achieve enlightenment for the sake of all beings. In the chapters that follow, Shantideva inspires the reader to cultivate each of the six perfections that provide the basis for the Bodhisattva way of life--generosity, ethics, patience, zeal, meditative concentration and wisdom.

This authoritative translation by Vesna A. Wallace and B. Alan Wallace is the first English rendering of the original Sanskrit that also takes into account the canonical Tibetan translation.

One of the most important books on Mahayana Buddhism -- a classic.


Guide to the Words of My Perfect Teacher (Khenpo Ngawang Pelzang)

This guide provides readers with essential background information for studying g and practicing with Patrul Rinpoche's'Words of My Perfect Teacher--the text that has, for more than a century served as the reliable sourcebook to the spiritual practices common to all the major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. By offering chapter-by-chapter commentary on this renowned work, Khenpo Pelzing provides a fresh perspective on the role of the teacher, the stages of the path, the view of the Three Jewels, Madhyamika (the basis of transcendent wisdom), and much more.

"The definitive guide to Patrul Rinpoche's classic is now available in English, allowing English-speaking practitioners to deepen their study and understanding of this indispensable collection. This remarkable volume is an important step in the ongoing transmission of buddhadharma to the West."--Khandro Rinpoche, author of This Precious Life (see below for this title)

See also Words of My Perfect Teacher


Guru Rinpoche: His Life and Times (Ngawang Zangpo)

To the Tibetan Buddhists, Guru Rinpoche is a Buddha. This book recounts Guru Rinpoche's historic visit to Tibet and explains his continuing significance to Buddhists. In doing so, it illustrates how a country whose powerful armies overran the capital of China and installed a puppet emperor came to abandon its aggressive military campaigns: this transformation was due to Guru Rinpoche, who tamed and converted Tibet to Buddhism and thereby changed the course of Asian history.

Four very different accounts of his story are presented: two Buddhist (one by Jamgon Kontrul and one by Dorje Tso); one according to the pre-Buddhist religion, Bon; and one based on Indian sources and early Tibetan historical documents. Also included are a set of supplications to Guru Rinpoche, as well as Jamgon Kongtrul's visualizations written to accompany these supplications. The result is the most extensive set of materials on Guru Rinpoche ever to appear in a Western language.

"An important contribution to our understanding of Guru Rinpoche which situates him firmly in Tibet's secular and spiritual history." Ven. Tsoknyi rinpoche, author of Carefree Dignity.

Guru Rinpoche: His Life and Times is part of The Tsadra Foundation Series.


Handbook of Tibetan Buddhist Symbols (Robert Beer)

This book is a portal into the rich, multifaceted , and profound symbolism of Tibetan sacred art. Robert Beer provides a deep and encompassing insight into the vast array of symbols and attributes that appear within the complex iconography of Tibetan Buddhism. The succinct descriptions that accompany his detailed line drawings reveal the origins, meanings, and functions of these symbols. Beer unravels the multiple layers of symbolism and meaning contained within the iconography, affording the reader a panoramic vision into the deeper dimensions of this sacred art.

Drawn largely from Beer's monumental work The Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs (see above), the meticulous brush drawings in this book depict all of the major Buddhist symbols and motifs, including the various groups of auspicious symbols; cosmological symbols; natural and mythical animals, such as the dragon, garuda, and makara; the entire assembly of ritual tantric implements and weapons; magical and wrathful symbols; hand-held emblems, attributes, and plants, esoteric Vajrayana offerings; and mudras, or ritual hand gestures. There are masterful descriptions of the symbols and motifs, with Romanized Sanskrit and Tibetan (Wylie) translations. Four appendices: "The Legend of the Churning of the Ocean," "The five Buddha Families," "The Three Kayas," and "The Channel Wheel System." Detailed glossary.

This book would be useful to artists, those studying comparative mythology, art, art history, philosophy, or Buddhism, those studying the Tibetan language, and, of course, those practicing Tibetan Buddhism.

Robert Beer has studied and practiced Tibetan thangka painting for more than thirty years, and was one of the first Westerners to become actively involved in this art form. Over the last two decades he has concentrated on an extensive series of iconographical drawings depicting the major deities, lineage holders, and symbols that occur in the spectrum of Tibetan art.



Healing from the Source: The Science and Lore of Tibetan Medicine (by Dr. Yeshi Dhonden, trans. by B. Alan Wallace)

In this remarkable, contemporary presentation of the theory and practice of Tibetan medicine, Dr. Yeshi Dhonden, long-time personal physician of H.H. the Dalai Lama, draws from over fifty years' experience practicing and teaching this ancient tradition of healing.

This volume vividly presents a series of lectures Dr. Dhondon gave before a group of health care professionals at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Dr. Dhondon elucidates the holistic Tibetan medical view of health and disease, referring to traditional Tibetan medical sources as well as his own experiences as a doctor practicing in Tibet, India and numerous countries throughout Europe and America. His presentation is delightfully complemented by many anecdotes drawn from the ancient lore of popular folk medicine in Tibet.

For health care professionals, anthropologists, historians of medicine, medical ethicists, and the general public interested in Tibetan medicine, this book is a fascinating contribution by one of the foremost practitioners of Tibetan medicine in the modern world.

"I am very happy to learn about the publication of this book. Dr. Yeshi Dhonden is on e of the most experienced practitioners of the Tibetan medical system." His Holiness the Dalai Lama

See also below: Health Through Balance by Dr. Yeshi Dhonden.


Healing with Form, Energy and Light: The Five Elements in Tibetan Shamanism, Tantra, and Dzogchen (Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche)

In the shamanic world-view of Tibetan Bon, the five elements of earth, water, fire, air, and space are accessed through the raw powers of nature and through non-physical beings associated with the natural world. In the Tibetan tantric view, the elements are recognized as five kinds of energy in the body and are balanced with yogic movements, breathing exercises, and visualizations. In the highest teachings, Dzogchen, the elements are understood to be the radiance of being and are accessed through pure awareness. Healing with Form, Energy and Light offers the reader healing meditations and yogic practices on each of these levels.

Tenzin Rinpoche's purpose in this book is to strengthen our connection to the sacred aspect of the natural world and to present a guide that explains why certain practices are necessary and in what situations practices are effective. This is a manual for replacing an anxious, narrow, uncomfortable identity with one that is expansive, peaceful and capable. And the world, too, is transformed from dead matter and blind processes into a sacred landscape filled with an infinite variety of living forces and beings.

"There is more detailed and at the same time easily understood and useful information about the body and meditative practice here than in any other book I have seen. spoken with an elegance that melts into your mind."--Anne C. Klein, Professor, Dept. of Religious Studies, Rice University


Health Through Balance ( Dr.Yeshi Dhonden, trans. and ed. by Jeffrey Hopkins)

The fascinating Tibetan medical system has never been so clearly explained as in this collection of outstanding lectures presented at the University of Virginian in 1980. Tibetan medicine restores and maintains balance among the three humors of the body through a variety of treatments--diet and behavior modification as well as the use of medicine and accessory therapy. The basic system has been enhanced by the practical findings of Tibetan physicians who have used the system for more than a thousand years.

Dr. Dhonden holistically considers factors of personality, season, age, climatic condition, diet, behavior, and physical surroundings in addressing the means for restoring health. The great strength of Tibetan medicine is that it is delicately responsive to patients' complete symptom pattern--no complaint being disregarded--and its wide variety of curative techniques are described in this book.

"Dr. Dhonden is totally attuned to everything that is going on. He uses all his senses as his medical instrument. Our patients have been very impressed."--Dr. Gerald Goldstein, Univ. of Virginia

"This is the best work on Tibetan Medicine ever to appear in English." - Dr. Barry Clark


Hermit of Go Cliffs: Timeless Instructions from a Tibetan Mystic (trans. Stearns)

"An inspiring collection of autobiographical songs of realization by one of the great hermit yogins of the 12th century, Godrakpa Sonam Gyaltsen. These pared-down verses reflect the refreshing, unmannered honesty and direct style characteristic of early Buddhist masters in Tibet. The lucid translation is enhanced by a learned introduction to Godrakpa's life and milieu, and a helpful set of notes to the songs' religious and historical allusions. An exceptional resource for studying the early yogic tradition of Tibetan Buddhism."--Janet Gyatso, Amherst College

Tibetan on one page with English translation on the facing page making the book useful to the student of the language and translators.


Hidden Teachings of Tibet: An Explanation of the Terma Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism (Tulku Thondup Rinpoche)

Mystical revelations occur in virtually all of the world's religions. On numerous occasions throughout the world, sacred texts and material objects have appeared miraculously to sages and saints. Among the most remarkable of these revelatory traditions is the terma tradition of Tibet. In this tradition, termas, or treasures, are hidden by buddhas and other realized beings to be rediscovered at the appropriate moment by realized masters who have the mystical vision necessary to see them. Sometimes the termas are hidden in such unlikely places as a lake, the sky, or even a disciple's mind. These hidden teachings manifest at unpredictable times and places when sentient beings are in need of their wisdom. As such, the discovery of a terma always creates a fresh opportunity for spiritual renewal.

This significant book is the first of its kind to be published in the West. In it, the renowned Buddhist teacher Tulku Thondup tells the story of the special terma tradition initiated by Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche), the great 9th-century Indian Buddhist saint who established Buddhism in Tibet.

"...the tradition of terma should be of more than passing interest to Western students of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions: a great many of us practice at least some such teachings, and sometimes our practice is entirely based upon them. Despite the proliferation of teachings derived from termas, however, there has been an almost total lack of information concerning the genre of terma itself. This book helps to fill that void."--Professor Matthew Kapstein, translator of The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism (see below)


How the Swans Came to the Lake: A Narrative History of Buddhism in America ( Rick Fields)

This new updated edition of How the Swans Came to the Lake includes much new information about recent events in Buddhist group in America and discusses such issues as spiritual authority, the role of women, and social action. Chapters include the following: the life of the Buddha; the Persians, Alexander the Great, the Gandhara, and the Chinese discovery of America; the "Mine of Sanskrit" with Sir William Jones and the Transcendentalists; the Japanese in America; Colonel Olcott, Madame Blavatsky and the Theosophical Society; the world Parliament of Religions; D.T. Suzuki; the Beats in the Fifties; the Sixties; the Tibetans in the West; Tarthang Tulku in Berkeley; Chogyam Trungpa; and much more! An amazing bibliography.

"This fascinating book delivers more than it promises. It takes the reader from the origins of Buddhism right up to the immediate past, through Buddhism's growth and spread in Asia to the personalities that opened it up to the West and those that brought it to America as well as those who were affected by Buddhism or nurtured it here. Fields possesses a clear style and infectious enthusiasm for his subject."--Library Journal

"The definitive treatment of the impact of Buddhism on American thought."--Roderick Frazier Nash, Professor of History & Environmental Studies, UC Santa Barbara


How to Free Your Mind: Tara the Liberator (Thubten Chodron)

The beloved deity Tara is the feminine embodiment of enlightenment. For centuries, practitioners have turned to her for protection from both external and internal dangers, ranging from fire to anger and arrogance. Any reader interested in pursuing the enlightened qualities of the Buddhist deities will be drawn to this well-written and authoritative book. Presented in a conversational style, How to Free Your Mind will appeal to both a general audience and to those specifically interested in female manifestations of the divine.

"With her usual clarity, Bhikshuni thubten Chodron skillfully weaves the practice and theory of Arya Tara together with the Lam-rim path to provide a fascinating and very helpful guide for those interested in the Tara practice."--Ani Tenzin Palmo, author of Reflections on a Mountain Lake (see below)


Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa, vol. 2 (trans. Garma C. C. Chang)

Volume 2 of the work described immediately below.


Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa, vol 1 & 2 (trans. and annotated by Garma C. C. Chang). Hardcover

Tibetans accord The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa a classic status comparable to that of the Mahabharata and the Bible, and revere its author as probably the best single exemplar of the religious life. Milarepa was an 11th-century Buddhist poet and saint, a cotton-clad yogi who avoided the scholarly institutions of his time and wandered from village to village, teaching enlightenment and the path to Buddhahood through his spontaneously composed songs. Wherever he went, crowds of people gathered to hear his sweet-sounding voice "singing the Dharma."

The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa, says the book's translator, "...has been read as the biography of a saint, a guide book for devotions, a manual of a Buddhist yogi, a volume of songs and poems and even a collection of Tibetan folklore and fairy tales." However they are read, Milarepa's poems are a colorful portrayal of the living quality of Tibetan Buddhism.

With titles like "The Salvation of the Dead," "A Woman's Role in the Dharma," and "Challenge from a Wise Demoness," Milarepa's poems are filled with fascinating tales of miraculous encounters and colorful imagery, and present a valuable insight into the living quality of Tibetan Buddhism. Central as this book is to Tibetan culture, the arcane dialect and obscurity of many original passages daunted translators for centuries; this was the first complete version of the classic to appear in the West.

The translator, Garma C. C. Chang, traveled extensively in Tibet and studies Buddhism in several monasteries there for more than eight years. His translation of The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa is the fruit of many years of extensive study.


Hundred Verses of Advice: Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on What Matters Most (Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Adam Sangye, trans. by the Padmakara Translation Group)

This commentary on Padampa Sangye's classic verses of advice to the Tibetan villagers of Tingri--by renowned and beloved meditation master Dilgo Khyentse--offers guidance for people trying to lead a dharmic life in the workaday world. These hundred verses, studied for centuries by Tibetans and students of Buddhism, contain a complete survey of the Tibetan Buddhist path. Dilgo Khyentse's lively explication of each stanza brings to light subtleties and amplifies the richness of the words and their pertinence to our lives. These two venerable teachers advise us in relating to everyday difficulties such as loneliness, craving, family squabbles, competition in business, disagreements with neighbors, and betrayal by friends--as challenging to us as they have been to meditators for centuries.

"Families are as fleeting as a crowd on market day;/People of Tingri, don't bicker or fight." Padampa Sangye

"Make it your responsibility to be agreeable to all the members of your family, and to try to turn their minds little by little toward the Dharma, simply through kindness and setting a good example." Dilgo Khyentse's commentary on Padampa Sangye's verse 5.

"An extraordinary treasure: a moving and deeply transforming teaching by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, one of the greatest masters of our time."--Sogyal Rinpoche

"In this simple, elegant book, in the eloquent speech of everyday life, the veils of illusion are torn away, revealing pain and pleasure, life and death, as unceasing displays of wisdom and continual opportunities for our own liberation."--Reginald A. Ray


Images of Enlightenment: Tibetan Art in Practice ( by Jonathan Landaw and Andy Weber)

"Images of Enlightenment is an engaging presentation of thirty-two bodhisattvas, buddhas and lineage masters that commonly occur in the four sects of Tibetan Buddhism. The vital inspirational quality of the images is conveyed with information on how each deity exemplifies the Vajrayana path as a whole. Explanations of their symbolic meanings are interspersed with the legends and myths that Vajrayana masters tell about these meditational images." Snow Lion

"Among the few guides we have to the immense richness of Tibetan religious art, Images of Enlightenment stands out. Indeed, this is much more than an art book; it is a potent introduction to Tibetan Buddhism."--Dan Cozort, Dickenson College


In Praise of Tara: Songs to the Saviouress (Martin Willson)

Amongst all Buddhist deities, the most dearly loved is the blissful, beautiful, and often mischievous goddess Tara. As bodhisattva, she defied tradition when she attained omniscience in female form. As mother goddess, she embodies the feminine archetype in us all and shares a close kinship with Demeter, Inanna, and the Virgin Mary. And as deity of tantric Buddhism, she acts with lightning speed to aid those in distress and fulfill her supplicants' wishes. For centuries, Tara has inspired some of the most marvelous Buddhist literature ever written.

This collection includes a history of the origin of the Tara Tantra, canonical and practice texts, and lyrical praises. Line drawings, beautiful color plates, extensive glossary, and a complete bibliography of literature about Tara (Kangyur texts by Sanskrit title, Tangyur texts by author, Tibetan texts by author, and general (Tibetan and Western) texts). This book is useful for those in Women's Studies, Eastern Philosophy, Buddhist Studies, Comparative Cultural Studies, as well as those actively practicing the Tara ritual.

"Delightful, blissful, comforting, protective, and terrifying goddess Tara! Every library--every psyche--should contain these thousand songs, stories, and praises connecting us straight to the sublime feminine. Praise for Martin Willson's meticulous research. This book rewards the lightest as well as the deepest reading."-- Kate Wheeler, author of Not Where I Started From.


Instructions of Gampopa: A Precious Garland of the Supreme Path (Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche)

Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche came to the United States in 1976 at the request of His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa to establish the North American seat of the Karma Kagyu lineage. Under Rinpoche's guidance over twenty-five affiliated centers have formed, and the magnificent Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery in Woodstock, New York was constructed.

In his first book, Dharma Paths, Rinpoche demonstrated his lucid teaching style, which delivers profound insights in language that is direct and inspiring. In this commentary on the Precious Garland, one of the masterworks of Gampopa, Rinpoche outlines in twenty-eight categories what practitioners of varying levels need to know in order to perfect their spiritual practice. He gives precise instructions on the correct view, meditation, and conduct, and offers frank answers to common questions concerning obstacles to Dharma practice. Contains the root text in Tibetan.

Gampopa (1070-1153), the father of the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, was the foremost student of the great yogi Milarepa. Among his many writings the two most influential are The Jewel Ornament of Liberation and A Precious Garland of the Supreme Path.


Introduction to the Middle Way: Chandrakirti's Madhyamakavatara with Commentary by Jamgon Mipham (trans. by the Padmakara Translation Group)

Introduction to the Middle Way presents an adventure into the heart of Buddhist wisdom through the Madhyamika, or "middle way," teachings which are designed to take the ordinary intellect to the limit of its powers and then to show that there is more.

This book includes a verse translation of the Madhyamakavatara by the renowned 7th-century Indian master Chandrakirti, an extremely influential text of Mahayana Buddhism, followed by an exhaustive logical explanation of its meaning of the modern Tibetan master Jamgon Mipham, composed approximately twelve centuries later.Chandrkirti's work is an introduction to the Madhyamika teachings of Nagarjuna, which are themselves a systematization of the Prajnaparamita, or "Perfection of Wisdom" literature, the sutras on the crucial but elusive concept of emptiness. Includes bibliography of Tibetan and Western-language sources.

Chandrakirti's work has been accepted throughout Tibetan Buddhism as the highest expression of the Buddhist view on the sutra level. With Jamgon Mipham's commentary, it is a definitive presentation of the wisdom of emptiness, a central theme of Buddhist teachings. This book is a core study text for both academic students and practitioners of Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism.



Introduction to Tantra: The Transformation of Desire (By Lama Yeshe, ed. by Jonathan Landaw, foreword by Philip Glass)

A thorough and definitive introduction to the subject of tantra.

"No other member of the tradition has ever talked about tantra with such clarity, coherence, and simplicity, and no one has summarized the essence of tantra as well as Lama Yeshe does here."--Religious Studies Review

"The best introductory work on Tibetan Buddhist tantra available."--Janet Gyatso, Hershey Chair of Buddhist Studies, Harvard Divinity School



Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism (John Powers)

This is the first comprehensive introduction to Tibetan Buddhism. Beginning with a summary of the Indian Buddhism and how it eventually was brought to Tibet, it explores Tibetan Mahayana philosophy and tantric methods for personal transformation. The four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism as well as Bon are explored in depth. This book is a systematic and wonderfully clear presentation of Tibetan Buddhist views and practices.

"The most substantive and comprehensive introduction to Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan culture. This engaging book is both thorough and accessible."--David Curtis, executive director of the Tibetan Language Institute

"The vitality of Tibetan Buddhism in exile has exceeded anything anyone could have predicted; hence the need of a book that presents its history, doctrines, lineages, practices, and tantric essence in a comprehensive and cogent overview. John Powers's Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism does this!"--Prof. Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions


Jamgon Kongtrul: Autobiography of Jamgon Kongtrul: A Gem of Many Colors (trans. and ed. by Richard Barron/Chokyi Nyima)

This much-awaited first English translation of Jamgon Kongtrul's autobiography is refreshingly real. In addition to its inspirational value, Kongtrul's story is a rich source of information on the religion, culture , and political climate of Tibet during his times.

Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye (1813-99) was one of most influential figures and prolific writers in the tibetan Buddhist world. He was a founder and the single most important proponent of the nonsectarian movement that flourished in eastern Tibet and remains popular today.

Also included with the autobiography are two additional texts: one, authored by Kongtrul himself, discusses the past masters of whom he was considered to be an emanation; the second was written by one of Kongtrul's close personal students and recounts Kongtrul's final days, his funeral, and the commemorative rites following his death. Taken together, these three texts place Kongtrul firmly within a historical context as one of the most important figures in the history of Tibetan Buddhism.

"More than a biography, the story of the extraordinary Kongtrul is an inspiration to all serious students of Buddhist practice and scholarship. Unparalleled in benefiting beings, his life exemplifies the most noble of human endeavors--the accomplishment of receiving and practicing, codifying and transmitting the entirety of Tibet's spiritual traditions. We are fortunate that one of the most gifted translators of our times, Richard Barron, has brought forth this treasure"--Erik Pena Kunsang, translator of Kongtrul's "Light of Wisdom" series

The Autobiography of Jamgon Kongtrul is part of The Tsadra Foundation Series.


Jamgon Kongtrul: Buddha Nature: The Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra with Commentary by Arya Maitreya (Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamso, trans. Rosemary Fuchs)

All sentient beings, without exception, have buddha nature, the inherent purity and perfection of the mind, untouched by changing mental states.

The Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra, one of the "Five Treatises" said to have bee dictated to Asanga by the Bodhisattva Maitreya, presents the Buddha's definitive teachings on how we should understand this ground of enlightenment and clarifies the nature and qualities of buddhahood. This seminal text details with great clarity the view which forms the basis for Vajrayana, and especially Mahamudra, practice. Thus it builds a bridge between the Sutrayana and Vajrayana levels of the Buddha's teaching, elaborated here in Jamgon Kongtrul's commentary.

Called the Unassailable Lion's Roar, Kongtrul presents Maitreya's text as a background for the mahamudra teachings in a way that is especially clear and easy to understand. Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche provided the annotations and the explanations on which the present translation is based. A renowned scholar and highly accomplished yogi, he is a living example of the ongoing tradition of oral transmission.


Jamgon Kongtrul: Buddhist Ethics

Translated and edited by the International Translation Committee founded by the V.V. Kalu Rinpoche

The fifth part of Jamgon Kongtrul's monumental Encyclopedia of Buddhism (Treasury of Knowledge). This text presents the three major systems of ethics found in the Tibetan tradition.

Buddhist Ethics is part of The Tsadra Foundation Series.


Jamgon Kongtrul: Creation and Completion: Essential Points of Tantric Meditation (commentary by Thrangu Rinpoche, trans. Sarah Harding)

Creation and Completion is a unique guide to the practice of Tibetan Buddhist tantra. Drawing on experiential explanations from two great masters, it is both concise and thorough, both authoritative and clear. In the creation stage of tantra, practitioners visualize themselves in the for of buddhas and other enlightened beings. This meditation practice prepares the mind for engaging in the completion stage, where one comes face to face with the ultimate nature of mind and reality.

Jamgon Kongtrul, a pivotal figure in the Buddhist revival movement of 19th-century Tibet, was a master practitioner and one of Tibetan Buddhism's most prolific writers. His guide to tantric Buddhist meditation, translated here, was written in the style of the Tibetan songs of realization. The commentary by contemporary master Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche (see below) skillfully clarifies the nuances of Kongtrul's text, making the language come alive in a practical way for the modern reader. Harding's excellent introduction distills the essential features of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

These powerful meditation instructions, traditionally reserved for initiates alone, will be of immense value, both to aspiring and experienced practitioners alike.

"Creation and completion meditation is the cornerstone of tantric Buddhist practice, and draws upon a rich array of techniques and presumptions relating to moral cultivation. This book will be of great interest to both scholars and practitioners of tantric Buddhism."--Janet Gyatso, Hershey Chair of Buddhist Studies, Harvard University


Jamgon Kongtrul: Enthronement: The Recognition of the Reincarnate Masters of Tibet and the Himalayas (trans. and introduced by Ngawang Zangpo)

Even the most casual contact with the culture, politics, or religion of Tibet and the surrounding region brings outsiders face-to-face with the institution of reincarnate spiritual masters. In a tradition that is both uniquely Tibetan and genuinely Buddhist, past masters are identified as small children, installed in their predecessor's monastery in a ceremony called enthronement, and educated to continue the work of their former incarnation. This custom has provided a principal source of spiritual renewal for Himalayan Buddhists for the past thousand years.

The introduction places the subject of reincarnate meditation masters within two major contexts--in the activity of bodhisattvas and in modern Tibetan society, where the reappearance of past masters is both perfectly natural and profoundly moving.

Part One contains an interview with Tai Situpa Rinpoche, a contemporary reincarnate master who is often requested to find and recognize other reincarnate masters.

Part Two contains a translation of a text by jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye which offers a traditional view of the enthronement of reincarnate masters.



Jamgon Kongtrul: Great Path of Awakening: The Classic Guide to Using the Mahayana Buddhist Slogans to Tame the Mind and Awaken the Heart (trans. Ken McLeod)

The primary aim of the Mahayana Buddhist practices is the cultivation of bodhicitta--the awakened hear-mind that understands the true nature of all phenomena and that passionately seeks liberation for the sake of all beings.

For eight centuries Tibetans have used a series of fifty-nine slogans as a powerful technique for training the mind and cultivating the limitless compassion of bodhicitta. The Great Path of Awakening is a translation of the classic text on the practice, Chekawa Yeshe Dorje's The Seven Points of Mind Training, accompanied by Jamgon Kongtrul's illuminating commentary. It contains clear, precise instructions, with an emphasis on using the practice to meet the ordinary situations of life with loving-kindness and intelligence. Tibetans often refer to the study and practice of this text as lojong.

Jamgon Kongtrul has been called "the Tibetan Leonardo" because of his important contributions to religion, education, medicine, and politics.



Jamgon Kongtrul: Light of Wisdom, Vol II (root text by Padmasambhava)

The Light of Wisdom Vol II contains the root terma (hidden treasure text) of Padmasambhava, The Gradual Path of the Wisdom Essence and its commentary The Light of Wisdom by Jamgon Kongtrul the Great. Annotations on the commentary Entering the Path of Wisdom spoken by Jamyang Drakpa and recorded by Jokyab Rinpoche are included as well as clarifications from other masters.

Volume II presents in-depth explanations of the Vajrayana Buddhist perspective. It begins with the nature of empowerment and the tantric commitments followed by clarification of the development stage.

"To purify your being prior to entering the path of the natural state, you apply yourself to the development stage as the preliminaries for the path. To train in the actual natural state after having purified your being, the completion stage is the main part of the path."--Jamgon Kongtrul the Great

"The root text of Lamrim Yeshe Nyingpo [The Gradual Path of the Wisdom Essence] , a terma revealed by the great treasure-finder Chogyur Lingpa, and its commentary by Kongtrul Rinpoche, the great translator in person, form together a complete scripture that embodies all the tantras, statements and instructions of the Nyingma School of the early translations, which is most rare to find in the past, present, or future."--Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche


Jamgon Kongtrul: Myriad Worlds: Buddhist Cosmology in Abhidharma, Kalachakra, and Dzogchen

As a prelude to Kongtrul's survey of the entire range of Buddhist teachings, Myriad Worlds describes four major cosmological systems found in the Tibetan tradition--those associated with the Hinayana, Mahayana, Kalachakra, and Dzogchen teachings. To suit the capacities of different grades of beings, Buddha taught four levels of cosmology: the numerically definite cosmology of the individual way(Hinayana); the cosmology of infinite buddhafields of the universal way (Mahayana); the special cosmological system of the Kalachakra Tantra; and the dazzling non-cosmology of the Dzogchen system, which dispenses with the dualistic perspective, revealing the creative principle to be awareness alone.

Each of these cosmologies shows how the world arises from mind, whether through the accumulated results of past actions or from the constant striving of awareness to know itself. This detailed and thorough account of worldviews that present conceptions of space and time which differ significantly from Western ideas is at once illuminating and challenging.

Kongtrul was a pivotal figure in eastern Tibet's nonsectarian movement (Rimay) and was one of the most outstanding writers and teachers of his time. In his monumental Encyclopedia of Buddhism he presents a complete account of the major lines of thought and practice that comprise Tibetan Buddhism. Myriad Worlds

is the first part of that work.

Myriad Worlds is part of The Tsadra Foundation Series.


Jamgon Kongtrul: Retreat Manual (trans. and introduced by Ngawang Zangpo)

The Kagyu and Nyingma traditions of Himalayan tantric Buddhism require a long period of intensive training in meditation--a three-year, three-month retreat--before a practitioner is considered to be a qualified teacher. Jamgon Kongtrul's Retreat Manual was written in the mid-19th century for those who wish to embark on this rigorous training. It guides them in preparing for retreat, provides full details of the program of meditation and offers advice for their re-entry into the world.

This book also introduces us to one of the towering figures of 19th century Tibet: Jamgon Kongtrul the Great (1813-99). The three-year retreat center he describes in this book was his creation, and its program consisted of those practices Kongtrul treasured enough to pass on to future generations through the spiritual leaders he trained.

The translation of this text allows the reader a unique and unlimited view inside the secluded walls of one of Tibet's most influential meditation training centers. Appendices include the following: "Books and Prayers Mentioned in the Retreat Manual" and "Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Deities, and Practices Mentioned in the Retreat Manual."


Jamgon Kongtrul: Sacred Ground: Jamgon Kongtrul on"Pilgrimage and Sacred Geography" (trans. Ngawang Zangpo)

Sacred Ground describes two journeys: a journey outward to specific pilgrimage places in Eastern Tibet; and a journey inward, to the sacred world of tantra, accessible through contemplation and meditation.

It sheds light on Himalayan Buddhists' concepts of sacred land, places of pilgrimage in tantric Buddhism, and how pilgrimage is undertaken. It enhances our appreciation of the world and its sacred aspect everywhere--first and foremost, wherever we sit now.

On the basis of a judicious choice of rare Tibetan Texts, translated here for the first time, correlating inner and outer pilgrimage, this book is of considerable value to the Buddhist practitioner. Includes a four-part appendix: A list of the 25 regions of sacred ground in Kham and Amdo; Translations of the passage from Chokling's first treasure text that mentions Tsadra as sacred Ground; two invitations to Tsadra addressed to pilgrims by Kongtrul and Khyentse Wongpo; and Kongtrul's concise genealogy of the Derge royal family. Also includes a section "Persons Mentioned by Jamgon Kongtrul" and bibliographies of Western-language publications and "Works by Jamgon Kongtrul in Tibetan."````````

"Sacred Ground is like a rich mineral spring bubbling over with important information that will help Buddhists better appreciate the profound spiritual realization of these great lineage holders and their lineages which, through their kindness, have passed into our hands."--Sangye Khandro, translator

Sacred Ground is part of The Tsadra Foundation Series.


Jamgon Kongtrul: Teacher-Student Relationship: A Translation of "The Explanation of the Master and Student Relationship, How to Follow the Master, and How to Teach an Listen to the Dharma (trans. by Ron Garry)

It is crucial for students of Vajrayana Buddhism to find an authentic wisdom teacher, and know how to properly rely upon that teacher in order to awaken to their buddha nature and thereby attain full enlightenment. As Buddhism is still relatively new in the West, one doesn't always know how to go about this essential task. Fortunately, the topic has never been more thoroughly explored, and the ideal relationship more clearly delineated, than by the unsurpassed tibetan teacher Jamgon Kongtrul in the tenth chapter of his monumental Buddhist encyclopedia, The Treasury of Knowledge.

Translated by Dr. Ron Garry, this essential text clearly lays out what credentials and qualities every student should look for in a wisdom teacher, why a wisdom teacher is necessary, and how the relationship between this teacher and disciple best develops once it is established. With chapters such as "How to Seek the Wisdom Teacher," "Why a Wisdom Teacher is Necessary," "Categories and Qualifications of the Master," and "How to Choose a Wisdom Teacher," this authoritative work places into the hands of every student all one needs to know to undertake the most fundamental and important step on the path: finding a qualified wisdom teacher.

This book also includes a teaching by Gyatrul Rinpoche that explains for Western students the critical importance of the teacher-student relationship in Buddhist practice.

"I highly recommend this book because it shows us in a clear and concise way how to create and nurture this relationship..."--from the foreward by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche


Jamgon Kongtrul: Timeless Rapture: Inspired Verse of the Shangpa Masters (trans. and introduced by Ngawang Zangpo)

Boundless awe and rapture are experiences reported again and again by accomplished masters. These qualities of mind are characteristic of the shift from busy, limited consciousness to effortless, panoramic awareness--a shift said to endure after realization on the Buddhist path to awakening. Throughout Buddhist history, awakened ones have celebrated this innate and timeless rapture with inspired verse, sung extemporaneously.

Timeless Rapture offers us a rare glimpse into the mysticism of the Shangpa Kagyu lineage, a tradition based mainly on profound teachings of two Indian women: Niguma and Sukasiddhi. A compendium of spontaneous verse sung by Indian and Tibetan tantric Buddhist masters from the tenth century to the present day, Timeless Rapture includes the translations as well as short descriptions of each poets life, plus an overview of the history of the lineage in Tibet.

"Our lineage's past spiritual masters used songs to express their manifest experience and realization of the spiritual paths vital subjects, such as the trio of basis, path, and result; or view, meditation, and conduct; as well as dispelling hindrances and enriching meditative experience....The blessings of the lineage enter our heart, the very best technique to realize our mind's abiding nature, Great Seal [Mahamudra]."--Bokar Rinpoche

Timeless Rapture is part of The Tsadra Foundation Series.


Jamgon Kongtrul: The Torch of Certainty (trans.by Judith Hanson with foreward by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche)

This translation of a fundamental tantric text reveals the richness and profundity of the great intellectual and contemplative traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.The text describes the four foundational practices that all practitioners of Vajrayana Buddhism must complete. The nature of impermanence, the effects of karma, the development of an enlightened attitude, and devotion to the guru are among the subjects treated in this book.

Three eminent contemporary Tibetan Buddhist masters--Kalu Rinpoche, Deshung Rinpoche, and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche--explain the significance of The Torch of Certainty for modern-day students and practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism.



Jamgon Kongtrul: Trainings in Compassion: Manuals on the Meditation of Avalokiteshvara (trans. Dewar under the guidance of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche)

This work includes translations of key Kagyu lineage meditation manuals for the practice of the deity of compassion Avalokiteshvara, one of the main introductory meditation practices presented in scores of Tibetan Buddhist centers across North America and Europe.

The manuals included in this book were authored by the great Tibetan siddha Thangtong Gyalpo, the renowned nineteenth century master Jamgon Kongtrul, and the Fifteenth Gyalwang Karmapa, Khakhyab Dorje.

The book also includes teachings on the nature of compassion by the highly regarded teacher Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, praises to Avalokiteshvara by the Indian master Chandrakirti, and a fresh translation of the famed Mahayana text The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva.

Tyler Dewar translates for Nalandabodhi Buddhist centers and lives in Seattle, Washington.

See Table of Contents.


Jewel Ornament of Liberation: English Translation (trans. by Khenpo Konchog Gyaltsen)

The Jewel Ornament of Liberation is a masterwork of Tibetan Buddhism. For more than eight centuries, this text has provided a complete foundation for Buddhist study and practice--covering the initial entry into the path and continuing through to the achievement of Buddhahood. It includes teachings on Buddha-nature, finding a spiritual master, impermanence, karma, the cultivation of bodhicitta, the development of the six perfections, the ten Bodhisattva bhumis, Buddhahood, and the activities of a buddha.

Includes very helpful appendices including an outline of the entirety of the text which elucidates the path to Enlightenment. An excellent companion to the JOL Translation Workbooks.

"Anyone who knows the Jewel Ornament well can say that they really understand Buddhism."--Khenpo Konchog Gyaltsen


Kalu Rinpoche: Dharma that Illuminates All Beings Impartially Like the Light of the Sun and the Moon

The Dharma is the first major collection of teachings by Kalu Rinpoche, a great meditation master in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. These discourses were presented in America with a Western audience in mind, and have been specially edited for this volume. The openness, simplicity, and depth of realization in his teachings have brought inspiration to many, and greater understanding of the wisdom Buddhism has to offer. The topics covered range from the most subtle psychology and metaphysics to everyday life and practice. Readers new to Buddhism will find lucid and profound explanations of the fundamental teachings; those already familiar with Buddhism will discover unexpected insights into the heart of the tradition.

Includes detailed glossary and index .

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Kalu Rinpoche: Foundations of Tibetan Buddhism: The Gem Ornament of Manifold Oral Instructions Which Benefits Each and Everyone Accordingly

Foundations presents the fundamental practices of this tradition in a clear and easily accessible manner. Beginning with an overview of the Buddhist path, Kalu Rinpoche goes on to explain the preliminary practices of taking refuge, prostrations, Dorje Sempa purification meditation, mandala practice, guru yoga and the guru-disciple relationship. He then discusses the vows of the lay person, the bodhisattva and the tantric practitioner. The book closes with a wonderful explanation of meditation both with and without an object and the key points of mahamudra meditation. Short glossary of terms with Tibetan transliteration included with English explanation.


Kalu Rinpoche: Gently Whispered: Oral Teachings (compiled, edited and annotated by Elizabeth Selandia, C.A., O.M.D.)

In their directness, depth, and humor, this collection of oral teachings is accessible to all interested in the path to liberation. As the teachings are imbued with the spiritual qualities of a great meditation master, this volume will ge of inestimable value to advanced practitioners of all traditions as well.

Includes black and white photos, a few line drawings, the open letter from Rinpoche's heart sons to all his disciples upon his passing in 1989, the Chenrezig sadhana/practice with commentary adapted from Rinpoche's teachings, a very useful glossary of vajrayana terminology, a multi-page bibliography and detailed index.

"It is therefore possible that you can bring great benefit to all sentient beings through your prayers and good actions. You can be of direct benefit by having contact with beings in the animal realms, especially those that have close contact with the human realms, and you can help these beings progress to a higher rebirth....And of course, by doing. ..virtuous actions you increase your own positive karmic accumulation which helps assure you of future precious human existences." Kalu Rinpoche


Kalu Rinpoche: Luminous Mind: The Way of the Buddha

Comparing Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche with Milarepa, the greatest meditation master Tibet has ever known, His Holiness the Dalai Lama extols the author of Luminous Mind as a "beacon of inspiration" for spiritual practitioners of all traditions. Noting that "there have been few like him before or since," His Holiness urges us to delve into this remarkable anthology of the late Kalu Rinpoche's essential instructions so that we may encounter "the full range of Buddhist practice from the basic analysis of the nature of the mind up to its ultimate refinement in the teachings of Mahamudra."

Drawn from both his lucid writings and his eloquent oral presentations, this unprecedented book lays bare the full grandeur of Kalu Rinpoche's legacy. At the same time, the gentle words and playful stories of this master of meditation are filled with a depth of clarity and warmth that could only arise from a profound realization of both wisdom and compassion.

Includes a very useful glossary of terms in English, Tibetan (Wylie), and Sanskrit; a glossary of proper names; detailed index.


Kalu Rinpoche: Writings of Kalu Rinpoche (by Kenneth McLeod)

Rinpoche discusses the four thoughts which motivate religious practice; the qualities of the Three Jewels and the Practice of the Six Perfections are explained. Includes a short story entitled 'The Prince and the Stallion' which illustrates the magic-show nature of reality. Wonderful little book!


Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche: Beautiful Song of Marpa the Translator

In the first half of this book Khenpo gives a clear explanation of the clear light nature of mind in connection with the buddha nature inherent in all beings. He also explains how to meditate on the clear light, how to develop compassion, the practice of tonglen and some very poignant advice on taking adverse conditions to the path. In the second half Khenpo gives teachings on four songs sung by the Lord of Yogis Jetsun Milarepa. He explains the meaning of Milarepa's own expression of the view, meditation, conduct and fruition, and gives us advice on how to apply the teachings to all aspects of our practice and life.

"Khenpo Tsultrim is one of the Principal teachers of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. As a very learned teacher and also a great meditator, he is very skilled in presenting views on emptiness and also explaining the great songs of realization of Jetsun Milarepa." From the foreward by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche.


Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche: Buddha Nature: The Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra by Arya Maitreya with Commentary by Jamgon Kongtrul (trans. Fuchs)

All sentient beings, without exception, have buddha nature, the inherent purity and perfection of the mind, untouched by changing mental states.

The Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra, one of the "Five Treatises" said to have bee dictated to Asanga by the Bodhisattva Maitreya, presents the Buddha's definitive teachings on how we should understand this ground of enlightenment and clarifies the nature and qualities of buddhahood. This seminal text details with great clarity the view which forms the basis for Vajrayana, and especially Mahamudra, practice. Thus it builds a bridge between the Sutrayana and Vajrayana levels of the Buddha's teaching, elaborated here in Jamgon Kongtrul's commentary.

Called the Unassailable Lion's Roar, Kongtrul presents Maitreya's text as a background for the mahamudra teachings in a way that is especially clear and easy to understand. Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche provided the annotations and the explanations on which the present translation is based. A renowned scholar and highly accomplished yogi, he is a living example of the ongoing tradition of oral transmission.


Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche: Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness (trans. and arranged by Shenpen Hookham)

In this teaching Rinpoche presents the main schools of Buddhist philosophy with their progressively more subtle and refined views of reality. However, it is not just a teaching on the view, but a presentation providing the student the means to realize it through meditation practice. The idea of a series of meditation practices on a particular aspect of the Buddhas's teachings is that by beginning with one's first rather coarse commonsense understanding, one progresses through increasingly subtle and more refined stages until one arrives at a complete and perfect understanding. Each stage in the process prepares the mind for the next in so far as each step is fully integrated into one's understanding through the meditation process.

"The topics contained in the Prajna Editions, which will be teachings of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso are of great importance to all those who seek understanding of the profound view. I pray that this series will be of benefit to all those who can read and meditate on these subjects." Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche


Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche: Two Truths

The way to understand the Buddha's teachings is to see that they are divided into either the three yanas (vehicles), or the four philosophical tenets. For those who wish to know the view or the philosophy of Buddhism then the best way to learn it is to know the differences between the views of the four philosophical tenets. When the Buddha made these presentations of the different philosophical views, the point was to allow people to investigate with their own intelligence the various teachings, and in that way to become very skilled in the different philosophical views and to able to learn how to analyze things for oneself.

Therefore what Khenpo Tsultrim presents here is the path of reason, the presentation of the two truths by the different philosophical tenets which leads one from a common understanding of what is real to ever more subtle understandings which can eventually lead to that which is beyond the intellect. In addition Khenpo presents meditation instructions for the different stages. Prajna Edition



Lamp for the Path of Enlightenment (by Atisha, with commentary Sonam Rinchen, trans. Sonam)

Atisha, the 11th-century Indian Buddhist scholar and saint, came to Tibet at the invitation of the kind of Western Tibet, Lha Lama Yeshe Wo, and his nephew Janchub Wo. His coming initiated the period of the "second transmission" of Buddhism to Tibet, the revival which followed the persecution of Buddhism by the Tibetan king Langdarma in the 9th century, formative for the Sakya, Kagyu, and Gelug traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.

Atisha's most celebrated text, entitled Lamp for the Path of Enlightenment, was written for the Tibetan people at the request of Jangchub Wo. It sets forth the entire Buddhist path within the framework of three levels of motivation on the part of the practitioner. Atisha's text thus became the source of the lamrim tradition, or graduated stages of the path to enlightenment, an approach to spiritual practice incorporated within all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Includes the root text translated into English, as well as the root text in Tibetan.

Geshe Sonam Rinchen's lucid and engaging commentary draws out Atisha's meaning for today's practitioners with warmth and wit, bringing the light of this age-old wisdom into the modern world.


Legend of the Great Stupa & The Life Story of the Lotus Born Guru: Two Termas from the Nyingma Tradition (Padmasambhava and Yeshe Tsogyal)



Life and Revelations of Pema Lingpa (foreward by Gangteng Tulku, trans. by Sarah Harding)

A pithy collection from the discoveries of Pema Lingpa (1450-1521), the greatest master and treasure-revealer of the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. Also included is the life story of Pema Lingpa and his prior incarnations. These revealed treasures provide us with a window into the court of Tibet's great king, Trisong Detsen, and his sublime master, Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche). Princess Pemasel and the ladies of the court persistently query the great master and receive from him quintessential instructions on meditation and the mind. Their doubts, hesitations, and issues of gender are masterfully resolved in this impassioned exchange.

"This is an amazing and precious gift for those who seek enlightenment, a masterpiece on the Dzogchen teachings. There is no doubt this book will bring many people to the profound and authentic path."--Tulku Thubten Rinpoche, Spiritual Advisor, Buddha Mandala Foundation


Life of Gampopa: The Incomparable Dharma Lord of Tibet (by Jampa Mackenzie Stewart)

"The first complete life story of Gampopa, the foremost disciple of Milarepa and the author of The Jewel Ornament of Liberation. Compiled from numerous Tibetan Biographies, this comprehensive and inspiring rendition highlights the extraordinary details of Gampopa's advanced meditative experiences, and presents direct insights in to the practice and realization of Mahamudra. Beautiful drawings by Dutch artist Eva van Dam illustrate this compelling and moving tale.

A history of the Kagyu lineage by Lobsang P. Lhalungpa supplements the story of Gampopa's life, and provides the fullest possible picture of the development of the Kagyu lineages of Tibetan Buddhism." Snow Lion


Like an Illusion: Lives of the Shangpa Kagyu Masters (Foreward by Bokar Rinpoche, trans. Nicole Riggs)

Like an Illusion is the first translation in any Western language of the biographies of a rare Tibetan Buddhist lineage, the Shangpa Kagyu lineage. First recorded by the masters themselves between five hundred and one thousand years ago in West-Central Tibet, these colorful and poignant tales have retained their power to inspire and even emancipate.

Nicole Riggs offers an in-depth introduction which examines the major strands running through the life stories, from the appeal of solitary retreat to the realization of the clear-light nature of mind.

"If on all things, like an illusion,/ One meditates, like an illusion,/ True Buddhahood, like an illusion,/ Will come to pass, due to devotion."--Dakini Niguma

"Simply hearing the life stories of such genuine beings blesses our mindstream. Guided by faith and devotion, our renunciation, compassion, wisdom and so on, grow and flourish."--Bokar Rinpoche


Lives and Liberation of Princess Mandarava: The Indian Consort of Padmasambhava (Lama Chonam and Sangye Khandro)

This lucid translation of a rare Tibetan treasure text makes available for the first time to Western readers the remarkable life story of Princess Mandarava. As the principal consort of the 8th-century Indian master Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) before he introduced tantric Buddhism to Tibet, Mandarava is the Indian counterpart of the Tibetan consort Yeshe Tsogyal. Lives and Liberation recounts her struggles and triumphs as a Buddhist adept throughout her many lives and is an authentic deliverance story of a female Buddhist master. Those who read this book will gain inspiration and encouragement on the path to liberation.

Includes a section "Table of Equivalents" which gives the Sanskrit name or term and the Tibetan equivalent (in Wylie).

"An extraordinary story from the heart of Tibetan religious culture ...replete with messages of encouragement...[that]presents its readers with a complex image of a woman engaged in a difficult process of self-cultivation."--Janet Gyatso, Amherst College


Machik's Complete Explanation: Clarifying the meaning of Chod: A Complete Explanation of Casting Out the Body as Food (trans. and ed. Sarah Harding)

Machik's Complete Explanation is the most famous book of the teachings of Machik Labdron, the great female saint and yogini of 11-12th century Tibet, now finally translated in its entirety into English. Machik developed a system, the Mahamudra Chöd, that takes the Buddha's teachings as a basis and applies them to the immediate experiences of negative mind states and malignant forces. Machik's unique feminine approach was to invoke and nurture the very "demons" that we fear and hate, transforming those reactive emotions into love. It is the tantric version of developing compassion and fearlessness, a radical method of cutting through ego-fixation.

"Sarah Harding's masterful translation is a real gift to students of Chöd and this extraordinary woman teacher. It provides much new material including intimate question and answer sessions between Machik and her disciples. The translation has such a fresh living quality you almost feel you are receiving teachings directly from Machik Labdron herself." -- Tsultrim Allione, author of Women of Wisdom and founder of the Tara Mandala Retreat Center

"In this remarkable work Sarah Harding has combined her well-honed translation skills with her own practice experience to give us the most complete, detailed, lucid, and well-contextualized study to date of the meaning and practice of Machik's Chöd."--Jan Willis, author of Dreaming Me

"A clear translation of a standard Tibetan handbook on the history, practice, and theory of a striking meditation system that is unique to Tibetan religion. The book provides much else besides, not the least of which is an array of Tibetan cultural conceptions about the body, society, and divinity. The translation is complemented by a balanced introduction aimed at lay students and practitioners of meditation alike."-- Janet Gyatso, author of Apparitions of the Self

"An important contribution to an understanding of Tibet's most innovative female saint, revealing her vast diversity of teachings that place Chöd squarely in the mainstream of tantric Buddhist meditation. Harding's translation deftly reveals new and rare biographical, anatomical, philosophic, and meditative lore essential to understanding the tradition as a whole."--Judith Simmer-Brown, professor at Naropa University and author of Dakini's Warm Breath

"Sarah Harding's magnificent translation of this key work of Machik Labkyi Dronma, Tibet's most famous yogini, opens up for Western practitioners the startling world of Chöd practice: severing the devil of ego-fixation. This meditation manual explains how the rich symbolism of tantric yoga can be used in a disturbingly effective way to transform one's life."-- Stephen Batchelor, author of Buddhism Without Beliefs

"It is a very welcome addition to the literature on Tibetan Buddhism in Western languages, opening up the inner world of a fascinating and significant mode of spiritual practice in a way that is respectful, humorous and true to the tradition it presents."-- Geoffrey Samuel, The Middle Way, Journal of the Buddhist Society

"To experienced practitioners, the Tsadra Foundation Series is more precious than gold dust."--Tricycle Magazine

Machik's Complete Explanation
is part of The Tsadra Foundation Series.


New!Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage (by Nyoshul Khenpo, trans. by Richard Barron/Chokyi Nyima)

In this book one finds the spiritual history of the teachings of the Dzogchen tradition (natural great perfection). This is the only comprehensive history of the Nyingtik lineage, which forms the core of teachings known as Dzogchen in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. It was written by the late Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche Jamyang Dorje, one of the most outstanding and knowledgeable exponents of Dzogchen. In this work, framed as a series of biographical accounts, Nyoshul Khenpo provides a wealth of information invaluable to spiritual practitioners, as well as historians studying the cultures of Central Asia.

Includes detailed lineage charts, a few line drawings. Hardback.

" 'There could come a time in the future [Nyoshul Khenpo wrote]when holders of the lineage would profess to transmit the lineage without being able to recall even the names of its masters.' This is why the author considered this history to be 'as indispensable as our eyes or our life force,' providing all the grounds and inspiration ever needed for total conviction. He compared the life stories of the vidhydhara masters in this lineage to a fine chain of gold or a garland of rare gems....With immense attention to detail, Nyoshul Khenpo maps out the 'ultimate lineage of direct transmission,' the heart of all the lines of transmission of Dzogpachenpo from the primordial buddha to the present day, showing the connection between masters and students in an unbroken line of succession. His work stands out because of its completeness, for it includes all of the distinct lineages, along with the lives of the students of the great masters, stories from the oral tradition and the different teaching styles. Anyone who matters is represented here, every link in the chain, including masters of our time....It is a milestone, and I do not feel that it will ever be equaled." --Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying



Masters of Meditation and Miracles: Lives of the Great Buddhist Masters of India and Tibet (Tulku Thondup)

This book presents colorful biographies of 35 realized teachers whose lives were full of peace, enlightenment, and amazing miracles. They flourished in Tibet, the "Roof of the World," in its golden days. These teachers belong to the Longchen Nyingtig lineage of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism, a cycle of mystical teachings revealed by the great scholar and adept Jigme Lingpa.

From the first master, Garap Dorje, to the present, each spiritual personality has his or her own distinctive role to play in this great lineage. In retelling their stories in his own words, the author has sought to bring out their inner feelings as well as their external activities: how they faced and healed physical pain, how they dealt with emotional turmoil, how they overcame spiritual or meditative illusions, and most important, what experiences they had when they awakened their own inner Buddha mind and Buddha qualities. These biographies not only provide great sources of teachings on meditation, but will also kindle a spiritual flame in the hearts of readers.

Tulku Thondup has published many books on Tibetan Buddhism. He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University.


Masters of the Nyingma Lineage (Crystal Mirror Series, vol. 11)

Brief biographical sketches of all the main Nyingma masters, authors in the Great Treasures collection, and a mine of information on the early history of the school.

Part of Tarthang Tulku`s Crystal Mirror Series of volumes from the Nyingma tradition, this inspirational work gives the life stories of all the main Nyingma gurus and Vajrayana lineage masters from Padmasambhava onwards. Additional information is included on the monasteries, sacred and historic sites and some of the early Indian authors and authors of other schools.

Illustrations, maps, line drawings, names of masters in Tibetan. This is a beautiful and useful book.


Medicine and Compassion: A Tibetan Lama's Guidance for Caregivers (by Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche)

This book can help informal caregivers as well as workers in the health and human services "...reconnect with the true spirit of their care giving task. In a clear and very modern voice, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and Dr. David R. Shlim use the teachings of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy to present practical tools for giving more compassionate care with less stress and effort." Wisdom Publications


Milarepa: Songs from the Spot (trans. Riggs)

Nicole Riggs, translator or Like an Illusion: Lives of the Shangpa Kagyu Masters (see above), brings her skillful, clear and vivid style to this daring new translation that most beloved of tibetan Classics, The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa (see above).

"What a great joy to read Nicole Riggs' new translation of Tibet's most revered poet-saint, Milarepa. By means of the most sublime language, these songs show us not only how we can free ourselves from anxiety, but also progress toward ultimate liberation and help others to free themselves from suffering. Milarepa traverses ten centuries to speak directly to us in these inspired translations that resonate deep in the heart." --David Curtis, founder and executive director of the Tibetan Language Institute


Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation (Thich Nhat Hanh)

In this beautiful and lucid guide, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh offers gentle anecdotes and practical exercises as a means of learning the skills of mindfulness - being awake and fully aware. From washing the dishes to answering the phone to peeling an orange, he reminds us that each moment holds within it an opportunity to work toward greater self-understanding and peacefulness.

"Thich Nhat Hanh's ideas for peace, if applied, would build a monument to ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity."--Martin Luther King, Jr.


Mirror of Mindfulness (Tsele Natsok Rangdrol)

This presentation of Tibetan buddhist teachings on the endless cycle of experience, the four bardos--life, death, after-death, and rebirth--is aimed at inspiring and helping the practitioner achieve liberation from deluded existence and awaken to complete enlightenment for the benefit of others.

The author, Tsele Natsok Rangdrol, was renowned as one of the most learned and accomplished masters of 17th-century Tibet. His other books include Lamp of Mahamudra and Empowerment.

This book is the foundation for the commentary Bardo Guidebook by Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and is indispensable for the study of living and dying.



Mo: Tibetan Divination System (by Mipham, trans. and ed. by Jay Goldberg)

"The MO is to Tibet what the I-Ching is to China. It has been relied upon for centuries to give insight into the future turns of events, undertakings, and relationships. It is a clear and simple method involving two roles of a die to reveal on of the thirty-six possible outcomes described in the text. This MO, which obtains its power from Manjushri, was developed by the great master Jamgon Mipham from sacred texts expounded by the Buddha." Snow Lion

"This English translation of a Tibetan divination manual opens a new portal; into the realm of Tibetan studies."--Tsepak Rigzin, Research and Translation Officer at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives.


Music in the Sky: The Life, Art & Teachings of the 17th Karmapa Orgyen Trinley Dorje (Michele Martin)

Music in the Sky offers a series of the Karmapa's profound teachings, an extensive selection of his poetry, and a detailed account of his life and flight from his homeland. The amazing teachings and writing skills evident in this work--particularly in light of the fact that the Karmapa was only 17 years old at the time of publication (2003)--will captivate readers.

The book concludes with brief biographies of all sixteen previous Karmapas, specially composed for this collection by the highly respected Seventh Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. Here, the reader will discover the compelling histories of the first Tibetan masters to be recognized as reincarnate lamas. Music in the Sky presents a definitive portrait of the 17th Karmapa, strengthened and illuminated by an authoritative depiction of his place in one of the world's most revered lines of spiritual teachers.


Naked Awareness: Practical Instructions on the Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen (by Karma Chagme, commentary by Gy Alan Wallace) atrul Rinpoche, trans. by B.

In this classic 17th-century presentation of the union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen, Karma Chagme, one of the great patriarchs of both the Karma Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism, begins with an overview of the spirit of awakening and the nature of actions and their ethical consequences. Then, drawing from his enormous erudition and profound experience, Karma Chagme gives exceptionally lucid instructions on the two phases of Dzogchen practice--the Breakthrough and the Leap-Over--followed by an accessible introduction to the practice of the transference of consciousness at the time of death.

The concluding chapters of this treatise present a detailed analysis of Mahamudra meditation in relation to Dzogchen practice. This tour de force of scholarly erudition and contemplative insight is made all the more accessible by the lively commentary of the contemporary Nyingma Lama Gyatrul Rinpoche. Although this book stands alone, it is the concluding section of a single body of oral teachings by Karma Chagme, the earlier section published under the title .

"...an unusually elegant synthesis of the leading Tibetan approaches to Buddhist meditation."--Matthew Kapstein, Professor of Tibetan Buddhism, University of Chicago


Nalandakirti Journal (Karma Sri Nalanda Institute, #1 1989)

This journal has a distinguished Board of Advisors as well as Editorial Board, and it was published in 1989 in Sikkim. It features scholarly articles and translations from Buddhist traditions, with a particular focus on Tibetan Buddhism. The intent of the journal is to share the knowledge of those teaching, studying, and practicing in the Kagyu tradition.

Introduction by H.E. Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche. Essays include: "The Torch that Clarifies the Essentials of the Ocean of Views" (Khenpo tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche); "On the Meaning of the Three Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma, Showing that They Are Not Contradictory" (Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche); "A Concise Analysis of Differing Approaches to Reality" (Khenpo Chodrak Tenpel); "Shentong: The Tathagaragarbha Sutras and the Buddhist Notion of Self" (Susan Shenpen Hookham); and the translation "The Buddha, the Dharma, the Sangha: A Selection from Jamgon Kongtrul I's commentary on the Mahayanaottaratantrasastra by Maitreya through Asanga" (Kiki Ekselius and Constance Wilkinson).


Natural Great Perfection: Dzogchen Teachings and Vajra Songs (by Nyoshul Khenpo, trans. and ed. by Lama Surya Das)

"Khenpo shows how to understand and how to practice the Dzogchen path. Following his autobiography, he explores with radiant clarity the key points of Buddhism, the inseparability of perfect compassion and the practice of Dzogchen, and the ultimate nature of the mind." Snow Lion

"This book is wonderful--a treasure house of liberating Dharma. Nyoshul Khenpo's heart-songs of wisdom illuminate our minds and inspire our practice."--Joseph Goldstein.


No Self No Problem (Anam Thubten Rinpoche, formerly Tulku Thubten Rinpoche)

Rinpoche's target is always the heart of the matter which he clarifies in simple words accessible to Western thinkers without any knowledge of or commitment to Buddhism….This book, based on talks given in 2005 and 2006 in Berkeley and Point Richmond, California, reflect Rinpoche's profound knowledge and insight into the human condition with clarity, humor and ruthless honesty. He shares his spiritual journey openly and honestly.                                                                                              

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The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism: It's Fundamentals and History (H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche; trans. , ed. and annotated by Matthew Kapstein and Gyurme Dorje)

Written by a great modern Nyingma master, Dudjom Rinpoche's The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism covers in detail and depth both the fundamental teachings and the history of Tibetan Buddhism's oldest school. This, the first English translation of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche's masterwork, constitutes the most complete work of its type in the West. It is an absolute treasure for students of the tradition, it is also an indispensable reference for anyone with an interest in Buddhism. The book includes chronologies and glossaries that elucidate Buddhist doctrine, and it provides fascinating insights into the Buddhist history of Tibet.

Two treatises form the present volume, namely the Fundamentals of the Nyingma School and the History of the Nyingma School. Among the most widely read of all His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche's works, these treatises were composed during the years immediately following his arrival in India as a refugee. His intention in writing them was to preserve the precise structure of the Nyingma philosophical view within its own historical and cultural context.

This is the first time this text has been available in a trade edition. Beautifully presented, this single-volume edition represents a truly wonderful gift, and features illustrations in black and white and in color, plus maps, bibliographic information, and useful annotations.

"H. H. Dudjom Rinpoche (19041987), the supreme head of the Nyingma Order, was unquestionably one of the most extraordinary Tibetan Buddhist masters of the twentieth century. He also was a greatly accomplished scholar, whose numerous writings contributed substantially to the preservation of the Nyingma heritage. This foundational work comprises two "volumes"--texts and the reference materials. Volume One includes two treatises, the first covering the fundamental teachings of the Nyingma Order and the representing the most comprehensive history available for this oldest branch of Tibetan Buddhism. Volume Two, consisting of the reference materials, makes up the rest of this enormous compilation, which includes numerous photographs, line drawings, and maps--an outstanding achievement."--Georg Feuerstein, Traditional Yoga Studies Interactive

"Every once in a while there comes a work which, by its breadth of vision and attention to details, becomes the standard and classic in its field. [This] is such a work."--Tricycle: The Buddhist Review

"A landmark in the history of English-language studies of Tibetan Buddhism."--History of Religions

Open Heart, Clear Mind (by Ven. Thupten Chodron Rinpoche)

This introduction to the Buddhist world-view by Thubten Chodron, an American Tibetan Buddhist nun, focuses on the practical application of Buddhist psychology to modern life. In a straightforward style and with warmth and humor, she sets forth the fundamental points of the path taught by the Buddha for transforming habitual attitudes and realizing our full human potential.

"Will help many on the path of meditation and in dealing with the challenges of everyday life." - Thich Nhat Hanh


Origin of Tara Tantra (Jo Nang Taranatha, trans. David Templeman)

The Origin of Tara Tantra by Taranatha, one of the most accomplished scholars of the unorthodox Jo-nan sect, strings together from various fragmentary sources a mine of legends and episodes on the origin and diffusion of Tara's tantra.

Translated by Templeman, this work is supplemented with voluminous notes, an excellent appendix and an comprehensive bibliography for the serious readers. It also contains the Tibetan text. Similar in style to the author's bkar.babs.bdun.ldan (1600), this work heralded Taranatha's major historic work History of Buddhism in India written four years later in 1608.

The Origin of Tara Tantra, though dependent on legends and largely anecdotal, has nevertheless about it a strong feeling of historic time and provides an important and accurate account of the lineages of the Siddhas (adepts) who worshipped Tara and passed on the Upadesas, revelations and Tantra besides giving a background to the masters of the Tibetan Siddhas who grew from India's rich tantric soil.


Practice of Dzogchen (by Longchen Rabjampa, introduced, trans. and annotated by Tulku Thondup Rinpoche)

The Practice of Dzogchen is an anthology of writings on Dzogpa Chenpo (Dzogchen) by Longchen Rabjam (1308-1363), the most celebrated writer and adept of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism. Dzogpa Chenpo is the innermost esoteric philosophy and meditation training, which until recent decades was only whispered into the ears of heart-disciples by the learned masters.

Dzogpa Chenpo employs a meditative technique which effortlessly uncovers the emotional and intellectual layers of the mind and instantly awakens its essential nature, which is buddha mind or Buddhahood itself.

"...authoritative, comprehensive and clear....This book fills a major gap."--Matthew Kapstein, Columbia University.

In its previous edition, this book was entitled Buddha Mind.



Practice of Mahamudra (Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche, ed. by Ani K. Trinlay Chodron)

Mahamudra represents the highest level of teaching within Tibetan Buddhism. Its study and practice leads to the realization of the very nature of reality itself--there is not a single phenomenon which is not subsumed within the realizations of Mahamudra. In 1994, H.H. Chetsang Rinpoche (head of the Drikung Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism) toured the USA and gave detailed instructions in Mahamudra methods based on the ancient traditions of Tibet and India. He carefully explained each of the five stages of Mahamudra and taught many meditation practices. His Holiness also gave precise instructions on meditative posture and breathing and responded with helpful answers to student's questions using the teachings of Tilopa and Gampopa to illustrate various points. This book is a record o His Holiness' teachings on Mahamudra, and is the clearest presentation of Mahamudra meditation practice available.

Includes a brief biography of H.H. Chetsang Rinpoche, as well as list of suggested further readings for the Western student.


Practice of Vajrakilaya (oral teachings by Khenpo Namdrol Rinpoche)

In this series of teachings, originally given over a three-day period at Kunzang Payul Choling in Poolesville Maryland USA in 1995, Khenpo Namdrol presents a lucid and detailed explanation of the history and practice of Vajrakilaya (Dorje Purba in Tibetan). Chapters include the following: "The Origin of the Vajrakilaya Tantras"; "The Origin of the Deity Vajrakilaya"; and a very detailed section-by-section description of the sadhana entitled "The Practice of Vajrakilaya." Not a mere line- by-line translation of the Tibetan (in phonetics), Rinpoche gives philosophical background to bring out the richness and potential of this practice. Mantras are both presented and given a translation and an explanation. Fantastic!

Not only are these teachings indispensable for those drawn to the practice of Vajrakilaya, but they will be o tremendous interest and inspiration to vajrayana practitioners everywhere.

Khenpo Namdrol is the senior khenpo (abbot) at the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute, which has become the largest Nyingma study college outside Tibet with over 300 monks enrolled in courses and a reputation for outstanding scholarship.


Praise to the Lotus Born: A Verse Garland of Waves of Devotion (Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche, trans. and introduced by Toy-Fung Tung and Marie-Louise Friquegnon)

In 1972, a 21-year old Nyingmapa Buddhist monk was recovering from tuberculosis in a clinic in Switzerland. Turning his mind to Guru Padmasambhava, known to Tibetans as the second Buddha, he wrote these poems in a mere three days. Praise to the Lotus Born is a verse biography of Padmasambhava who, along with Khenchen Shantarakshita and King Trisong Detsen, founded Tibetan Buddhism. Scholars, kings and queens sweep through these pages against a backdrop of philosophy, ritual, myth, and magic. With the poems are notes containing Khentrul's lively commentaries which captivate and enlighten the reader. Tibetan text with facing English translation.

These poems of praise express the author's wonderment at the power, beauty, wisdom and compassion of the buddhas and other great beings. The verses bring readers closer to liberation because the poems themselves are blessings that inspire devotion and meritorious action. On a deeper level, they reveal that these enlightened beings are actually reflections of our higher, unobscured minds.

His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, Supreme Head of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism from 1961 to 1987, praised the poems, saying that they would stand as a "stone monument to Orgyen Padmasambhava."



Quintessence of Tantras of Tibetan Medicine (trans. Dr. Barry Clark)

This book contains the first complete translation of the Root Tantra and Explanatory Tantra of Tibetan medicine. The most thorough, detailed and systematic reference for Tibetan medicine in English, it contains the Tibetan views and defining characteristics of healthy and diseased bodies. The remarkable diagnostic techniques of pulse and urine analysis are presented together with the principles of right diet, right lifestyle and behavioral factors, and a treasury of knowledge about the beneficial applications of herbs, plants, spices, minerals, gems, etc. Also included are the subtle and psychological techniques of therapeutics and the standard of ethics and conduct required of a Tibetan physician--a warrior-like person equipped to overcome even the most formidable internal and external obstacles.

Dr. Clark is the only Westerner as of the publication date (1995) to have undergone the complete theoretical and clinical training of a Tibetan doctor. For almost 20 years, he studied, practiced and taught the ancient science of Tibetan medicine. His primary teacher was Dr. Yeshe Dhonden, the personal physician to HH the Dalai Lama for 18 years.

"Dr. Barry Clark...presents clear and accurate translations of the Root and Explanatory Tantras, tow works of such fundamental importance in the Tibetan medical system that they are commonly memorized by medical students."--H.H. the Dalai Lama


Rain of Wisdom: Vajra Songs of the Great Kagyu Masters (Chogyam Trungpa, trans. Nalanda Translation Committee)

With over a hundred profound poems, this is a very inspirational book of "Songs of Realization" of the great Tibetan masters of the Kagyu lineage, known as the Practice Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

Many readers are already familiar with the colorful life of the yogin Milarepa, an early figure in the Kagyu lineage, some of whose songs are included here. Songs by over thirty other Buddhist teachers are also presented, from those of Tilopa, the father of the lineage, to those of the Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa, as well as several songs by Chogyam Trungpa, the noted teacher of Buddhism in America who directed the translation of the Rain of Wisdom.

A very inspirational book of the realization of great Tibetan masters. Contains a 35 page glossary of Buddhist terminology which includes the Tibetan (Wylie) for many of the most important terms encountered in reading Vajrayana texts.


Reading on the Six Yogas of Naropa (trans. and introduced by Glenn H. Mullen)

The Tibetan tradition known as the "Six Yogas of Naropa" is one of the most popular tantric systems with all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Structured and arranged by the 11th-century Indian masters Tilopa and Naropa from various Buddhist tantric legacies, this system of yogic practice was carried to Tibet by Marpa the Translator a generation later. These "six yogas"--inner heat, illusory body, clear light, consciousness transference, forceful projection and bardo yoga--continue to be one of the most important living meditation traditions in the Land of Snows.

This collection of readings on the six yogas contains important texts on this esoteric doctrine, including original Indian works by Tilopa and Naropa, and Tibetan writings by Tsongkhapa the Great, Gyalwa Wensapa, the First Panchen Lama and Lama Jey Sherab Gyatso. Readings discusses the practices, their context and the historical continuity of this most important tradition, which is said to bring full enlightenment in one lifetime.

Useful for readers in philosophy, religion, and Tibetan Buddhism, as well as those engaged in (or hoping to engage in) the practices of the six yogas.

See below for the Six Yogas of Naropa by Tsongkhapa, trans. by Mullen.


Reflections on a Mountain Lake: Teachings on Practical Buddhism (Ani Tenzin Palmo)

This sparkling collection of Dharma teachings addresses issues of common concern to Buddhist practitioners from all traditions .A fascinating chapter entitled "A Western Yogini" on her experiences during her twelve years in retreat. Personable, witty, and insightful, the author presents an inspiring and no-nonsense view of Buddhist practice.

"Ani Tenzin Palmo presents the most timely, profound, and lucid advice for all Buddhist practitioners. She has torn away the thousand veils that shroud our self-deceptions. She speaks with the humility of experience rather than charisma, her words resonating with the naked simplicity of clarity and wisdom. Her voice constantly reminds me of everything I have ever loved and perceived as truthful in this life." Robert Beer, author of The Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs (see above)


Sacred Calligraphy of the East, 3rd. edition revised and expanded (John Stevens)

Throughout the East, writing is held to be a gift from the gods, and the divinely inspired letters and characters are objects of the highest veneration. The religious significance of calligraphy has thus led to a unique development of the art of brush and ink in Japan, China, India, and Tibet. This beautifully illustrated book covers such topics as the history and spirit of Eastern calligraphy, the art of copying religious texts, the biographies of important Zen calligraphers, and practical instructions on materials and techniques for the contemporary student. No knowledge of the languages discussed is required for the reader to appreciate the study of this ancient practice.

"A stimulating and attractive work bound to encourage the non-specialist interested in widening an appreciation and possibly an actual practice of sacred calligraphy."--Choice


Sacred World: The Shambhala Way to Gentleness, Bravery, and Power (Hayward)



Saint in Seattle: The Life of the Tibetan Mystic Dezhung Rinpoche (by David P. Jackson)

In 1960, the Tibetan lama Dezhung Rinpoche (1906-87) arrived in Seattle after being forced into exile from his native land by the Communist Chinese. Already a revered master of the teachings of all Tibetan Buddhist schools, he would eventually become a teacher of some of Western Buddhism's most notable scholars. This is the inspiring life story of a modern buddha.

"Dezhung Rinpoche was one of the great scholar-yogis of our time."--His Holiness Sakya Trinzin.

"If I were to write my own Meetings with Remarkable Men, the late venerable Dezhung Rinpoche would surely figure high on the list of those to be included. A man of profound and wide-ranging learning, great dignity, and the highest ethical standards, he nevertheless carried these weighty attributes humbly, leavened with great personal warmth, humor, and compassion. For historians of Tibet, Dezhung Rinpoche was a living archive, and demonstrated to all by his example that the rich tree of the religious live must be watered by love. David Jackson's A Saint in Seattle gives us now a meticulously researched biography of this celebrated teacher, who in his life bridged old Tibet and the modern West. It is a gift for which I am deeply grateful."--Matthew Kapstein, Numata Professor of Buddhist Studies, The Divinity School of the University of Chicago

"David Jackson is perhaps the finest and most creative Tibetologist living today, and this biography, over a decade in the making, is a splendid cultural history. A Saint in Seattle will remain as a model of how the lives of modern saints should be approached." E. Gene Smith, founder of the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center

See below the luminous translation by Dezhung Rinpoche entitled Three Levels of Spiritual Perception: A Commentary on The Three Visions (trans. by Jared Rhoton)


Self-Liberation through Seeing with Naked Awareness: An Introduction to the Nature of One's Own Mind from The Profound Teaching of Self-Liberation in the Primordial State of the Peaceful and Wrathful Deities (A terma text of Guru Padmasambhava expounding the view of Dzogchen, rediscovered by Rigzin Karma Lingpa, trans. Reynolds)

A text belonging to the same cycle of teachings 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 later by Karma Lingpa. The commentary by the translator is based on the oral teachings of Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche and Lama Tharchin Rinpoche.

"If you understand intrinsic awareness, all of your merits and sins will be liberated into their own condition.... If he practices, then even a cowherd can realize liberation."

"This important work should be of interest to most Buddhist readers." --Library Journal

"I very much enjoyed this incredible book that provides an in-depth view into dzogchen." --Edward Elliott, New Age Retailer

"This test is perhaps the clearest, most comprehensive and accessible of medium-length writing on rigpa and as such is highly recommended." --Religious Studies Review

John Myrdhin Reynolds (Vajranatha) is a writer, teacher, translator, and scholar/practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism. He was trained and ordained as a Tantric Yogin, or Ngagpa, in the Nyingmapa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He has taught widely in the United States and Europe. He is also the author of The Golden Letters.


Seven Point Mind Training (B. Alan Wallace)

In this society with its hurly-burly pace demanding of our time, it is ever so easy to let life slip by. 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 into that meaning.

The central theme of the Seven-Point Mind Training is to make the liberating passage from the constricting solitude of self-centeredness to the warm kinship with others which occurs with the cultivation of cherishing others even more than oneself.

This mind training technique is especially well-suited for an active life. It does not require that we withdraw into seclusion, but that we re-examine all of our relationships--too family, friends, enemies, and strangers--and gradually transform our responses to whatever life throws our way.

"Alan Wallace is one of the great Western Buddhist thinkers of our day."--Howard Cutler, co-author with H.H. the Dalai Lama of The Art of Happiness at Work


Seven Years in Tibet (Heinrich Harrer, trans. Graves with foreward by H. H. the Dalai Lama)

In 1943, Heinrich Harrer, a youthful Austrian adventurer, mountaineer, and skier, escaped from a British internment camp in India and traveled through the rugged Himalayas to the Forbidden City of Lhasa in Tibet. Although he arrived with no money or permission to be in the country, his curious appearance and the traditional hospitality of Tibetan society soon worked in Harrer's favor, allowing him unprecedented acceptance among the upper class. His intelligence and his European ways also intrigued the curious young Dalai Lama, and he became his tutor and trusted confidant. When the Chinese invaded Tibet in 1959, Harrer and the the Dalai Lama fled the country together.

Now updated with a new epilogue by the author, Seven Years in Tibet is a timeless story that illuminates Eastern culture and the childhood of H.H. the Dalai Lama, and brings attention to the current plight of Tibetans. It is a must read for lovers of travel, adventure, history and culture.

"First there is the incredibly adventurous 21-month trek across rugged mountain and desolate plain to the mysterious heartland of Tibet; then the fascinating picture, rich in amazing detail, of life in Lhasa....Final chapters draw an intimate portrait of the youthful Dalai Lama."--The Atlantic Monthly


Siddhartha (a novel by Hermann Hesse, trans. by Sherab Chodzin Kohn)

This classic of 20th-century literature chronicles the spiritual evolution of a man living in India at the time of the Buddha--a spiritual journey that has inspired generations of readers. Here is a fresh translation from Sherab Chodzin Kohn, a gifted translator and longtime student of Buddhism and Eastern philosophy. Kohn's flowing, poetic translation conveys the philosophical and spiritual nuances of Hesse's text, paying special attention to the qualities of meditative experience. This edition includes an introduction exploring Hesse's own spiritual journey as evidenced in his journals and personal letters.


Six Yogas of Naropa: Tsongkhapa's Commentary Entitled A Book of Three Inspirations: A Treatise on the Stages of Training in the Profound Path of Naro's Six Dharmas Commonly Referred to as The Three Inspirations (by Tsongkapa, trans., ed. and introduced by Glenn H. Mullen)

Anyone who has read more than a few books on Tibetan Buddhism will have encountered reference to the six yogas of Naropa, a preeminent yogic system. The six practices--inner heat, illusory body, clear light, consciousness transference, forceful projection, and bardo yoga--gradually came to pervade thousands of monasteries, nunneries, and hermitages throughout Central Asia over the past five and a half centuries.

Tsongkhapa (1357-1419) was a prolific writer and one of Tibet's great yogis and philosophers. His discussion of the six yogas is regarded as one of the finest on the subject to come out of Tibet. Mullen's study of the history, substance, and philosophical legacy of the yogas, together with his translation of Tsongkhapa's treatise, provides an invaluable guide to this tradition.

Includes a glossary of Sanskrit and Tibetan names and terms, as well as bibliography with the subdivisions of "Tibetan Texts Cited in the Introduction" and "Texts Quoted by Lama Tsongkhapa."

See above for Readings on the Six Yogas of Naropa by Mullen.


Sky Dancer: The Secret Life and Songs of the Lady Yeshe Tsogyal (Keith Dowman)

Yeshe Tsogyal, consort of Guru Padmasambhava, is one of the most famous of the enlightened women of Tibet. Few works deal with the spiritual practices and evolution of female aspirants, and for this reason, Sky Dancer is virtually unique in the biographical literature of Tibet. Women are shown in an eminent position, and a path of practice is presented for initiates to emulate. Tsogyal's experiences and her detailed instructions to her disciples are inspirational for today's practitioners.

Includes two main sections: "The Secret Life and Songs of the Lady Yeshe Tsogyal" and "Commentary." In the later one finds chapters on the path of the inner tantra, women and the dakini , the Nyingma lineages. and useful historical background. Also included are an index of Tibetan words (Wylie), an index of texts, an index to place names, and an index to men, buddhas, gods, and demons.


Studies in Tibetan Medicine (Dr. Elisabeth Finckh)

A short collection of scholarly papers addressing the chief aspects of Tibetan medicine, including comparisons with the Chinese system. An excellent overview, with useful charts and Tibetan (Wylie).

This work contains the following chapters: "Tibetan Medicine: Theory and Practice"; "The System of Tibetan Medicine"; "Notes on Pulsology"; "Characteristics of Pharmacology"; and "Constitutional Types."

"I congratulate the author for her most diligent and laudable efforts to propagate Tibetan medicine."--H.H. the Dalai Lama


The Supreme Source: The Kunjed Gyalpo, Fundamental Tantra of the Dzogchen Semde (Chogyal Namkhai Norbu and Adriano Clemente, trans. by Andrew Lukianowicz)

In this book, the Dzogchen teaching is presented through one of its most ancient texts, the tantra Kunjed Gyalpo, or The All-Creating King--a personification of the primordial state of enlightenment. This tantra is the fundamental scripture of the Semde, or "Nature of Mind" tradition of Dzogchen and is the most authoritative source for understanding the Dzogchen view. In the first part we find a detailed introduction to the historical origins, the lineages of transmission, and the basic principles of Dzogchen, particularly of the Semde tradition. The second part includes an oral commentary by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu which gives insight into the depths of these teachings from a practical point of view. In the third part, Adriano Clemente translates the main sections of the original tantra. The Supreme Source will be of great interest to all students of Tibetan Buddhism.



Taming the Mind (Thubten Chodron)

We all wish to gain greater understanding of ourselves. This ideal follow-up to the author's extremely popular Buddhism for Beginners explains in clear an simple language the essence of Buddhist philosophy and psychology, together with practical tools for its immediate implementation in our daily lives.

We all want to have good relationships with others. Chodron offers practical techniques to help us gain a more spacious perspective on relationships, whether they be between lovers, parent and child, employer and employee, friends, or spiritual teacher and student. Guidelines are given for how to practice, freeing ourselves from habitually blaming others for our problems and learning to be on the spot and take responsibility for our lives. This book describes how our mind/heart, not the external world, is the ultimate source of our happiness. We learn how to look at people and situations in an entirely new light. The book concludes with a discussion of common misconceptions about Buddhism.

The author's down-to-earth language and examples invite us to not only engage the material, but to implement it in our own lives. The author's open-minded approach makes this book suitable for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.

"Ven. Thubten Chodron is someone whose life embodies the virtues of kindness, simplicity and a clarity of vision which lie at the heart of the Buddha's teaching. It is these perennial qualities that shine through her writings and touch the hearts of readers all over the world." Thubten Jinpa, translator for H.H. the Dalai Lama.


Tantric Distinction: A Buddhist's Reflections on Compassion and Emptiness (Jeffrey Hopkins)

Widely recognized as one of the West's leading scholars of Tibetan Buddhism, Professor Hopkins is renowned for his textual translations and original scholarship. For ten years he served as the principal English translator for H.H. the Dalai Lama. The Tantric Distinction is his effort to make accessible the complexities of this highly sophisticated philosophy by sharing his personal, individual experience with Buddhist through and practice. It lays out the entire Buddhist path as a living experience.

"...compact, authoritative and highly readable..."--The Reader's Review


Third Karmapa's Mahamudra Prayer (Tai Situ Rinpoche, trans. Fuchs)

The Mahamudra prayer by the Third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje, is a short yet thorough and profound text which presents all the essential points of Mahamudra teaching in terms of view, practice and fruition. It is a classic that, especially in the tradition of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, has been and is widely used whenever a disciple is given a first introduction into Mahamudra.

The Third Karmapa shows how to recognize our ultimate potential as a buddha. The short root texts is further explained by Khentin Tai Situpa, Pema Donyo Nyingje Wangpo, the twelfth incarnation of the Tai Situpa lineage, which is one of the most important lineages of the Kagyu tradition. His deep understanding of Western culture, especially of the Western psychological perspective, allows him to expound the Dharma with a clarity and directness that is truly inspiring.

"Mahamudra is the ultimate nature of mind--the Third Karmapa's Mahamudra Prayer is both an aspiration that all sentient beings realize the mind's true nature, as well as a clear, concise, and complete explanation of how we can do so. In this book, the brilliant master Tai Situ Rinpoche explains the Mahamudra Prayer to the modern audience directly in English, in a way that is both profound and easy for everyone to understand. Such teachings are priceless, and all who aspire to realize the luminous clarity that is the basic nature of mind would benefit greatly from reading this book." --Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

"H.E. Tai Situ Rinpoche's commentary brilliantly brings to life the ancient wisdom of the Mahamudra lineage with precision, clarity, and directness. All levels of meditation practitioners will greatly benefit from reading this wonderful book." --Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

"I am sincerely grateful for Rosemarie Fuchs for her great assistance in translating and editing this teaching and to Snow Lion Publications for making this teaching available to benefit many beings." --Thrangu Rinpoche

A commentary on the Eighth Situpa on the Third Karmapa's Mahamudra Prayer.


This Precious Life: Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on the Path to Enlightenment (Khandro Rinpoche)

Using the traditional Tibetan Buddhist framework of the Four Reminders--the preciousness of human birth, the truth of impermanence, the reality of suffering, and the inescapability of karma--Khandro Rinpoche, a woman who is one of the most highly trained living Tibetan masters, explains how we all can better use this short life to pursue the spiritual path. With the use of contemplative exercises she focuses on how we can learn to see this life as a gift--and how, by achieving peace ourselves, we can bring a seed of happiness to other people.


Thrangu Rinpoche (commentary): Creation and Completion: Essential Points of Tantric Meditation (by Jamgon Kongtrul, trans. by Sarah Harding)

Creation and Completion is a unique guide to the practice of Tibetan Buddhist tantra. Drawing on experiential explanations from two great masters, it is both concise and thorough, both authoritative and clear. In the creation stage of tantra, practitioners visualize themselves in the for of buddhas and other enlightened beings. This meditation practice prepares the mind for engaging in the completion stage, where one comes face to face with the ultimate nature of mind and reality.

Jamgon Kongtrul, a pivotal figure in the Buddhist revival movement of 19th-century Tibet, was a master practitioner and one of Tibetan Buddhism's most prolific writers. His guide to tantric Buddhist meditation, translated here, was written in the style of the Tibetan songs of realization. The commentary by contemporary master Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche (see below) skillfully clarifies the nuances of Kongtrul's text, making the language come alive in a practical way for the modern reader. Harding's excellent introduction distills the essential features of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.


Thrangu Rinpoche: Essential Practice: Lectures on Kamalashila's Stages of Meditation in the Middle Way School (trans. by Jules B. Levinson)

"Centuries ago, the Indian master Kamalashila taught Tibetans the essential points of Mahayana practice in a clear, step-by-step, and easy-to-follow way. Now, the great scholar and meditation master Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche makes these profound teachings readily accessible to Western students. I encourage all those interested in beginning or deepening their practice of the mahayana path of wisdom and compassion which leads to the highest enlightenment for the benefit of all beings to read this book."--Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

"In presenting the very first meditation instruction crafted for Tibetans by the master Kamalashila, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche distills the wisdom of India in an intimate, personal instruction, as true for the contemporary Western practitioner as it was in eighth-century Tibet. This text is a must for every serious Buddhist meditator."--Judith Simmer-Brown, Professor of Buddhist Studies, Naropa University


Thrangu Rinpoche: Everyday Consciousness and Primordial Awareness(trans. by Susanne Schefczyk)

This introduction to Buddhist Psychology supplies essential instructions for successful meditation practice. It sets forth the nature of mind and human potential and presents meditation practices that can powerfully influence and ultimately transform the mind into the purified mind of a buddha.

Rinpoche clearly describes how consciousnesses operate in everyday perception and how, at the time of Buddhahood, these same consciousnesses express the five primordial wisdoms of the five Buddha families.

"With characteristic cogency, clarity, and precision, Thrangu Rinpoche lays out the Buddhist description of mind, in both its conventional and tantric dimensions. Then he invites us further in, showing how these teachings give voice to the subtlety of meditation experience and can lead us to the profundity of the awakened state itself."--Reginald Ray, Professor, Naropa University


Thrangu Rinpoche: Four Ordinary Foundations of Buddhist Practice (Tib. tun mong gi ngon dro shi) (trans. by Ken and Katia Holmes)

During the fifth century of our era, a tremendous explosion of philosophical thought appeared on the earth. During this time, the Buddha began delivering a remarkable set of teachings. He taught that instead of relying on a god or on materialistic pursuits, one can attain true, permanent happiness by simply examining one's own mind.

When Tibet became a Buddhist nation beginning in the 8th century A.D., the great practitioners and learned scholars who came from India were faced with the problem of how to convey the Buddhist teachings to a large population of traders and farmers who for the most part were illiterate. The great Indian scholar Atisa brought the Four Foundations of Practice to Tibet in the 11th century. These four foundations are identical to the "four thoughts that turn the mind towards dharma" that were taught by the great meditator Gampopa. He elaborated on these, and these four thoughts have served to help thousands of students in Tibet to understand why they should begin dharma practice. Because these four thoughts are the basic reason for practicing dharma, they are said to be the four general foundations of Buddhist practice.

These foundations are general to all levels and all sects of Buddhism and can be contrasted to the four special foundations (Tib. ngondro) which are specific to Vajrayana Buddhism.

Includes beautiful reproductions of Tibetan calligraphic sayings, handwritten by Rinpoche, as chapter introductions. Also a short glossary, appendix of Tibetan terms, and index.


Thrangu Rinpoche:Je Gampopa's Jewel Ornament of Liberation: The Wish-fulfilling Gem of the Noble Teachings

"One of the shining jewels of the Kagyu lineage is the Dharma Lord Gampopa (1079-1153). Among many great accomplishments Gampopa is particularly well known for merging into one river the Kadampa lineage with the Mahamudra lineage he received from his root teacher Milarepa. The Jewel Ornament of Liberation, a text on the graded path and of the sutra tradition, represents the blending of these two traditions and is thus a primary text for all Kagyu students."--Venerable Lama Karma Shedrup

Includes a brief biography of Gampopa and line drawing, plus a very useful "Summary of the Text" section at the end allowing the student to gain an overview of this rich text.


Thrangu Rinpoche: Maitreya's Distinguishing Dharma and Dharmata

This text is very brief and direct in its presentation and is included within the class of oral instructions. It is a work which clearly portrays the character of nothing less than non-conceptual original wisdom, the point of utmost profundity within the Mahayana. With regard to meditation, there are the particular traditions, views and practices of Mahamudra and Dzogchen, the basis of which are the teachings of the Buddha and the commentaries or shastras on those by the great masters. In order to achieve the high view of Mahamudra or Dzogchen, we need to cut our doubts, hindrances and aberrations, which is accomplished by listening to and contemplating the Mahayana dharma.

Realizing dharmata or the nature of mind is what is to be known, and this we understand through hearing and thinking about it. Nevertheless, due to the obstruction of conventional appearances we are not able to realize this. If we can realize this profound nature, then we will naturally separate from confusion and conventional appearances. Thus, this text-- Distinguishing Dharma and Dharmata-- is devoted to identifying exactly what is conventionally true and what is ultimately true. So this text is extremely important for all those who wish to practice the meditations of Mahamudra and Dzogchen.

Includes an outline of the root text (in English), the root text by Maitreya in Tibetan with translation on facing pages. Also, an introduction entitled "Mipham Rinpoche's General Introduction to Distinguishing Dharma and Dharmata"; appendices that include charts of the six realms of samsara, the Five Paths, the Bodhisattva levels, and transformation of consciousness into wisdom; glossary of terms; an index; and a bibliography of the five works of Maitreya.

"The clarity, simplicity, and profoundness of Rinpoche's teaching will bring benefit to many people who are learning and practicing the sacred teachings of Lord Buddha."--H.E. The 12th Tai Situpa


Thrangu Rinpoche: Uttaratantra: A Treatise on Buddha-Essence (Maitreya)

The Uttaratantra elucidates the Third Turning of the Buddha's Teachings on Buddha essence--the inherent qualities and potential for Buddhahood present in all beings.The elucidation of this potential--emptiness and luminosity inseparable--is the bridge between the sutra and tantric paths, the view of Vajrayana and the ground of Mahamudra. Thus it is an essential text for all practitioners of the Buddhadharma.

In addition to the theoretical transmission is the meditative approach to this text, the lineage of which has continued through the Kagyu tradition, received first by the Third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje, and continuing unbroken to the present day. That is what is transmitted here through the great wisdom and compassion of Khabje Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, the supreme abbot, scholar and highly realized master of the Kagyu lineage."--Venerable Lama Karma Shedrup

Includes the Uttaratantra root text in Tibetan with English translation on facing pages, glossary of terms; an index; and a bibliography of the five works of Maitreya.


Thrangu Rinpoche: Medicine Buddha Teachings (ed., introduced and annotated by Lama Tashi Namgyal)

In this rare gem of a book we learn more than just the details of this particular Medicine Buddha practice: Rinpoche has kindly included many basic principles of tantric theory and practice in general. Anyone engaged in any Vajrayana practice will find this teaching extremely useful.

This work is a most thorough presentation of this subject. Medicine Buddha Teachings include the following chapters in Part One: "A Practice That Is Extremely Effective in the Removal of Sickness"; "The Great King of medicine Is Active in Pacifying the Suffering of Beings"; "The Visualization Uncovers the Inherent Purity of Phenomena"; "On the Origin of Auspiciousness in the Substances and Symbols."

Part Two contains the Medicine Buddha Sadhana in Tibetan and English.

Part Three includes the Medicine Buddha Sutra, and a section entitled "Mudras, or Ritual Gestures, Help to Clarify the Visualization." Part Four: "The Twelve Great Aspirations of the Medicine Buddha." Finally, in the appendix we find the Medicine Buddha Sadhana in landscape layout so that one can use this more easily in a daily practice.


Thrangu Rinpoche: Pointing Out the Dharmakaya (introduced by Lama Tashi Namgyal)

At the heart of successful Mahamudra practice is the ability to get directly at 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, practical manual is the shortest. Pointing Out the Dharmakaya is an indispensable companion to The Ocean of Definitive Meaning, the most vast and detailed of the texts. An invaluable guide for Mahamudra practitioners on how to look at the mind, it is clearly laid out so that the instructions are easy to recall and put to use. Includes a chapter called "Outline of the Root Text" to orient the reader.

Brilliant explanations by Khenchen thrangu Rinpoche, tutor of the young 17th Karmapa, make this text vividly relevant for contemporary Western practitioners. For those committed to ascertaining the mind's true nature, checking their experience, an refining and extending their insight, there is certainly no more systematic or comprehensive approach than can be found in this extraordinary set of instructions.

"Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche is one of the most learned and experienced of the senior Karma Kagyu teachers living to day....Readers who are interested in discovering the nature of the mid will find much here in this clear and thorough guide to delight and inspire them."--H. H. the Dalai Lama


Thrangu Rinpoche: Practice of Tranquility and Insight: Guide to Tibetan Buddhist Meditation

This is a practical guide to the two types of meditation that form the core of Buddhist spiritual practice. Tranquility meditation (shamatha in Sanskrit; Shinay in Tibetan) aims at stilling the mind, while insight meditation (vipanshyana in Sanskrit, lhaktong in Tibetan) produces "clear vision," or insight into the nature of all phenomena. With masterful scholarship and the ability to make subtle ideas easy to understand and apply in practice, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche explains this unified system of meditation for students both beginning and advanced. These teachings are based on the eighth chapter of the Treasury of Knowledge by the great 19th-century master Jamgon Kongtrul (see his works above). With Thrangu Rinpoche's commentary, this complete, encyclopedic work is now made accessible to Western students of meditation.


Thrangu Rinpoche: Songs of Naropa: Commentary on Songs of Realization

This translation contains subtle and penetrating wisdom expressed through the age-old tradition of spiritual songs. Two songs by the great Indian master Naropa--"The View, Concisely Put" and "A Summary of Mahamudra"--are explained in detail by Thrangu Rinpoche, a realized Tibetan Buddhist teacher of the present time.

"The basic nature is in itself the state of realization of all buddhas. To fully awaken to this natural state, it is not necessary to go to some other place to reach enlightenment. The state of enlightenment is not extrinsic to ourselves. Buddhahood is not something that will appear suddenly in the future, but exists inherently within ourselves right now."--Thrangu Rinpoche


Thrangu Rinpoche, introduction: Eighth Situpa on the Third Karmapa's Mahamudra Prayer (trans. Lama Sherab Dorje)

Here, in one compact volume, are all the stages of instruction on the path of mahamudra. Included are concise and complete formal instructions on the ground, path, and fruition of this penetrating practice. This vast and profound commentary originates with the Eighth Situpa, a remarkable scholar and practitioner who is considered the most accomplished of all the Situ emanations.

Includes useful appendices: a glossary of technical terms (English, Tibetan phonetics, and Wylie transliterated orthography); a glossary of transliterated Tibetan names and terms (English and Wylie); a bibliography of works cited (mostly Tibetan works), and a copy of the text in Tibetan by the Eighth Situpa (reprint of original text, small print but readable).

The Third Gyalwa Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje (author of the root text) was a central figure in both the Kagyu and Nyingtik traditions of Tibet. He was a highly renowned practitioner of mahamudra and secret mantra. (15.95)

"Lama Sherab Dorje offers us an accurate and highly readable translation of this masterwork of Kagyu Buddhism...a text that deserves to be studied in depth."--Matthew Kapstein


Thrangu Rinpoche: The Five Buddha Families and the Eight Consciousnesses

Thrangu Rinpoche has often taught the transformation of our confused mind, which is full of delusion and defilements, into enlightened mind.
Here he describes the confused mind in terms of the eight consciousnesses, which are the five sensory consciousnesses, the mental consciousness, the afflicted consciousness ( which gives us our sense of "I" and "me") and the alaya or storehouse consciousness. These are described and then Rinpoche describes how these are transformed into the five wisdoms of the five Buddha families. Included is a chart of the five Buddha families listing characteristics of each including their related skandha, klesha, chakra and color.



Thrangu Rinpoche: The Four Ordinary Foundations of Tibetan Buddhist Practice (trans. Ken and Katia Holmes)

During the fifth century before our era, a tremendous explosion of philosophical thought appeared on the earth. During this time, the Buddha began delivering a remarkable set of teachings. He taught that instead of relying on a god or on materialistic pursuits, one can attain true, permanent happiness by simply examining one's own mind.

When Tibet became a Buddhist nation beginning in the 8th century C.E., the great practitioners and learned scholars who came from India were faced with the problem of how to convey the Buddhist teachings to a large population of traders and farmers who for the most part were illiterate. The great Indian scholar Atisa brought the Four Foundations of Practice (Tib. tun mong gi ngon dro shi) to Tibet in the 11th century. These four foundations are identical to the "four thoughts that turn the mind towards dharma" that were taught by the great meditator Gampopa. He elaborated on these, and these four thoughts have served to help thousands of students in Tibet to understand why they should begin dharma practice. Because these four thoughts are the basic reason or practicing dharma, they are said to be the four general foundations of Buddhist practice.

These foundations are general to all levels and all sects of Buddhism and can be contrasted to the four special foundations (Tib. ngondro) which are specific to vajrayana Buddhism.



Three Levels of Spiritual Perception: A Commentary on The Three Visions (by Dezhung Rinpoche, trans. by Jared Rhoton)

The Three Levels of Spiritual Perception is a guide to the main system of meditation in the Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Written by one of the first Tibetan masters to live and teach in the United States, this modern classic entertains, inspires, and motivates readers as it leads them along the entire path to enlightenment.

This book clearly and movingly explains the Lamdre (Path with Its Result) system of meditation, which has been unique to the Sakya tradition for almost nine centuries. According to the Lamdre teachings, there are three main stages, or "levels of perception," on the spiritual path: the perception of ordinary beings, the vision experienced by those who have begun meditation practice, and the pure vision of those who have attained enlightenment. These three levels are ultimately shown to be inseparable.

This new edition of The Three Levels of Spiritual Perception has been revised to make the language and meaning even more clear. Wherever you may be on the path, you will find in this book welcome instructions and motivation for taking the next step.

See above A Saint in Seattle for a beautiful biography of Dezhung Rinpoche.


Tibetan Literature: Studies in Genre (ed. by Jose Ignacio Cabezon and Roger R. Jackson)

This work is an unprecedented survey of the range of literary expressions developed by the Tibetan people. Tibet possesses a literature that stretches back over 1300 years and is one of the great literary traditions of Asia in terms both of its size and range of influence. It is an important repository of Buddhist teachings, but also of lyrical and epic poetry,a novel, biographies, histories, and writings on topics as diverse as law, ritual, medicine, art, poetics and geography. Despite its size and influence and the growing Western interest in Buddhism, the majority of Tibetan literature remains little known in the West.

Dedicated to Geshe Lhundup Sopa, a Tibetan scholar/monk who has done much to open Western eyes to his country's religious and literary treasures, Tibetan Literature is the first book to address the immense variety of Tibet's literary heritage. An introductory essay by the editors attempts to assess the overall nature of "literature" in Tibet, and to understand some of the ways in which it may be analyzed into "genres." The remainder of the book contains articles by nearly 30 scholars from America, Europe and Asia, each of whom addresses an important genre of Tibetan Literature.

Tibetan Literature is the most comprehensive survey of its subject so far attempted, and the access it provides to one of the most important literary traditions of Asia will be appreciated by students of history, religion, and comparative literature alike.



Tibet in Pictures: A Journey into the Past (Li Gotami Govinda)

This wonderful book is a photographic record of expeditions to Central and Western Tibet undertaken by Li Gotami Govinda and her husband, Lama Anagarika Govinda, from 1947 to 1949. The black and white photographs from this journey constitute a unique and significant contribution to the world's understanding of traditional Tibetan culture. In addition to presenting the land and people of Tibet, they also preserve images of over fifty treasures of sacred art, most of which have never been previously photographed and are now largely lost to the world. Captions by Li Gotami and Lama Govinda provide a context for the photos, while a foreward by Tarthang Tulku and Lama Govinda's introduction further illuminate the symbolism of Buddhist sacred art.

Part 1 of Tibet in Pictures records the expedition to Central Tibet, depicting the geography, people, architecture and the statues in temples along the route. Part 2 documents a pilgrimage to Tsaparang in Western Tibet. Here is the author's photographic masterpiece: sacred statures of a thousand-year-old culture that combine the almost abstract qualities of great sculpture with an intense spiritual vision.


Tibetan Arts of Love: Sex, Orgasm, and Spiritual Healing (Gendun Chopel, trans. Hopkins)



Turning Towards Liberation: The Four Reminders (Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche)

A treasure of a shirt pocket-sized book. Ponlop Rinpoche masterfully outlines the Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind. This is excerpted from "The Chariot for Traveling the Noble Path" by Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje.


Two Truths in the Madhyamika Philosophy of the Gelukpa Order of Tibetan Buddhism (Guy Newland) Hardback.

If Bodhisattvas see no real sentient beings, no real suffering, how is it they are moved by great compassion?

Much of Mahayana Buddhist philosophy is a quest to answer this question by articulating a middle way: a view of existence sturdy enough to sustain a coherent ethical system without betraying Buddha 's vision of emptiness (sunyata). Buddhist perspectives on ethics and emptiness center on the distinction between two truths--the conventional and the ultimate. Newland's work lays out the Madhyamika philosophy of two truths as seen through the eyes of Tibetan scholar-yogis of the Gelukpa order. Linking the classical Buddhist philosophy of Nagarjuna with the living tradition of monastic courtyard debate, Gelukpa authors explain the two truths without resorting to mysterious trans-rational paradoxes. Newland exposes their extraordinary efforts to explain emptiness and conventional reality, and thus to build a Madhyamika system that is both ethically salutary and rationally coherent.

Includes an extensive glossary (English-Tibetan (Wylie)-Sanskrit) and bibliography (thorough "Other Works" section).

"An exceptional job...the book is remarkable for the clarity and skill that Newland shows in analyzing the complex relationship between the two truths."-Karen Lang


Vast as the Heavens, Deep as the Sea: Verses in Praise of Bodhicitta (Khunu Rinpoche, foreword by H.H. the Dalai Lama)

Revered by many as the very embodiment of altruism, the late Khunu Rinpoche devoted his life to the development of bodhicitta--the aspiration to achieve enlightenment for the sake of all living beings. Vast as the Heavens, Deep as the Sky is a collection o Khunu rinpoche's inspirational verse--presented here in both English and the original Tibetan.

"Whenever I think of [Khunu Rinpoche], I always say to myself, 'This is what St. Francis of Assisi must have been like."--Sogyal Rinpoche

"Khunu Rinpoche, through his loving presence and great kindness, was one of the most profound influences on me. This book is a wonderful, inspiring evocation of him and of the path of lovingkindness." --Sharon Salzberg

Born in the Indo-Tibetan borderlands at the end of the 19th century, Khunu Rinpoche Tenzin Gyaltsen was revered by Tibetan Buddhists of all spiritual traditions because his life embodied the spiritual practice of compassion. among his many students was H.H. the Dalai Lama.


White Sail: Crossing the Waves of Ocean of Mind to the Serene Continent of the Triple Gems (Thinley Norbu Rinpoche)

Buddhism teaches that enlightenment is our natural state; the problem is that we do not recognize this state, owing to the mind's confusion about its true nature. This book presents the Buddhist view in a way meant to clear up misconceptions and awaken the reader's innate wisdom.

"If we only identify with the coarse energy of substance, we will have fear and misunderstanding. We will believe that death is true because we have no faith in our deathless nature, which is actual Buddha. Mind cannot be awakened by the influence of ordinary phenomena, which only strengthen our useless, old samsaric habit. By practicing, we can increase the wisdom qualities of our natural mind until our karmic cataracts are removed, and with our limitless wisdom eyes, we can see the infinite display of wisdom appearance."--Thinley Norbu Rinpoche


Wild Awakening: The Heart of Mahamudra and Dzogchen (Dzogchen Ponlop, with forewords by the Dalai Lama and the Karmapa)

Seen as the culmination of all practice and study by the New Translation Schools of Tibetan Buddhism, the experience of Mahamudra, or great symbol, is an overwhelming sense of extraordinary clarity, totally open and nondualistic. Dzogchen, or great perfection, is the ultimate teaching according to the Nyingma tradition and also represents the pinnacle of spiritual development.

Both lineages of meditation practice emphasize the ultimate state of awareness within and the clear and luminous nature of the mind. In this book, Dzogchen Ponlop, holder of the wisdom-lineages of both Dzogchen and Mahamudra, presents the view and practices of these two traditions with a pragmatic approach and informal style. He teaches that by applying ourselves to these practices, we can all experience our world more directly.

"I know of no more complete, practical, and accessible guide to the paths of Mahamudra and Dzogchen. One of the most brilliant Tibetan Buddhist teachers of his generation, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche explains with striking clarity and richness the heart of the 'practice lineage,' as, step by step, he leads us through the Sutra, Mantra, and Essence Mahamudra, and the nine vehicles that culminate in the Great Perfection: Dzogpachenpo."--Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan book of Living and Dying



Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of Tibet (Thurman)

Expanded edition of Worlds of Transformation: Tibetan Art of Wisdom and Compassion (Thurman) .



Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving-Kindness (by Pema Chodron)

This book exhorts us to wake up wholeheartedly to everything and to use the abundant, richly-textured fabric of everyday life as our primary spiritual teacher and guide. Shambhala Publications.


Wisdom Nectar: Dudjom's Rinpoche's Heart Advice (Trans. and introduced by Ron Garry)

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 one's experiences onto the path.

Also included in this book in their entirety are the oral instructions, tantric songs, and songs of realization from His Holiness's Collected Works, along with a generous selection of the aspiration and supplication prayers. The "Word List" is a glossary of terms, listing the English, the Wylie transliteration, and the words in the Tibetan script.

"As the representative of the great vajra master Padmasambhava, Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche was himself a great scholar and realized meditation master. In general all of his writings and rediscovered treasures are completely authentic and sublime. In particular his direct spiritual advice from the heart, such as the teachings found in the pages of this book, serve as profound reminders to awaken and seriously pursue the path to fully enlightened Buddhahood."--Lama Chonam and Sangye Khandro, members of the Light of Berotsana Translation Group

"This book reveals the timeless essence of holy Dharma. Every word rings true. This masterpiece will certainly inspire many generations to come."--Tulku Thubten Rinpoche, Spiritual Advisor, Dharmata Foundation

Wisdom Nectar is part of The Tsadra Foundation Series.



Wish-Fulfilling Jewel: The Practice of Guru Yoga According to the Longchen Nyingthig Tradition (Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, trans. Konchog Tenzin)

In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, devotion to the spiritual master and complete confidence in him are considered to be indispensable in the attainment of enlightenment. Based on the teachings of the great 18th-century saint and visionary Rigdzin jigme Lingpa, the instructions of Dilgo Khyentse in this book focus on the devotional practices of Guru yoga, "merging with the Mind of the Guru."



Wish-Fulfilling Wheel: The Practice of White Tara (Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche)

Practiced by all four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, White Tara has been the main deity practice of many well-known Buddhist scholars and siddhas in both India and Tibet, foremost among whom were Nagarjuna and Atisha. White Tara's special function is to promote long life, both for the practitioner and for others. Ultimately, she is the very nature of the dharmakaya, and her practice is a means for attaining realization and accomplishing liberation.

In this book, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche has given a complete and detailed guide to the practice of White Tara based on the commentary of the great 19th-century master, Jamgon Kongtrul the Great. Presenting the various stages of the practice in a warm and straightforward style, he makes this profound practice accessible through a wealth of detailed explanations, poignant anecdotes, and down-to-earth examples. Rinpoche makes it very clear that, if done with sincerity and devotion, this practice "...can lead to the experience of perfect awakening."

Includes many line drawings, photos (of mudras), and an appendix with the Daily Practice of White Tara in English translation, phonetics, and the original text in Tibetan.



Words of My Perfect Teacher (Patrul Rinpoche, trans. Padmakara Translation Group; forewords by the Dalai Lama and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche)

For more than a century, The Words of My Perfect Teacher has served as a guide to the spiritual practices common to all four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. It is the classic commentary on the preliminary practices of the Longchen Nyingthig cycle of teachings--the great spiritual treasure of the Nyingmapa school, the oldest of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions. The author, Patrul Rinpoche, makes his subject accessible through a wealth of stories, quotations, and references to everyday life. His sense of poetry and irony, and his warm, colloquial style infuse the texts with the atmosphere and vitality of an oral teaching.

This second, revised edition is the result of a detailed and painstaking comparison of the original Tibetan text with the English translation by the Padmakara Translation group. The new edition also includes translations of a postface written a century ago by the first Jamgon Kontrul Rinpoche, and a new preface by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Extensive notes, glossary of English and Tibetan (Wylie) terms with definitions, short bibliography, index, and many beautiful line drawings.

See also Guide to The Words of My Perfect Teacher (Khenpo Ngawang Pelzang)


Worlds of Transformation: Tibetan Art of Wisdom and Compassion (Thurman)

Earlier version of Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of Tibet (Thurman)



Year to Live: How to Live This Year As If It Were Your Last (Levine)



You Are the Eyes of the World (by Longchenpa, trans Kennard Lipman and Merrill Peterson; intro by Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche)

Just as the images on television are nothing more than light, so experiences are merely the dance of awareness.

Often one forms attachments to, or feels enslaved by, these experiences. But they are only reflections. As easily as television pictures vanish when the channel is changed, the power of one's experiences fades if penetrated to the heart of reality--the light of the natural mind within everyone.

You Are the Eyes of the World presents a method for discovering awareness everywhere, all the time. This book does not discuss how to turn the ordinary life off, and it does not describe how to create beautiful spiritual experiences; it shows rather how to live within the source of all life, the unified field where experience takes place.

Longchenpa (1308-1363) was one of the most celebrated adepts of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism.


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