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Tibetan Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism From the Ground Up: A Practical Approach for Modern Life
B. Alan Wallace and Steven Wilhelm

Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism
John Powers

Beginning with a summary of the Indian origins of Buddhism and how it was eventually brought to Tibet, this superb overview goes on to explore, in depth, Tibetan Mahayana philosophy; tantric methods for personal transformation; the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism; and Tibet's indigenous, animistic religion, Bon.

How to See Yourself As You Really Are
H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

Like the two wings of a bird, love and insight work cooperatively to bring about enlightenment, says a fundamental Buddhist teaching. In this book the Dala Lama shows readers how to recognize and dispel misguided notions of self and embrace the world from a more realistic -- and loving -- perspective. Step-by-step exercises help readers shatter their false assumptions and ideas and see the world as it actually exists.

How to Practice : The Way to a Meaningful Life
The Dalai Lama and Jeffrey Hopkins

This book answers the question, "How do I practice what the Dalai Lama preaches?" The Tibetan spiritual leaders offers specific, step-by-step counsel on how to live a meaningful life every day; how to practice morality, meditation and wisdom in our daily lives.

Introduction to Buddhism: An Explanation of the Buddhist Way of Life
Kelsang Gyatso

Beginning with the main events of Buddha's life story, Geshe Kelsang explains the central principles behind the Buddhist way of life and what it means to be a Buddhist. Meditation is explained clearly and simply, while topics such as karma and the path to enlightenment are presented in an accessible and inspiring way, as tools for developing qualities such as inner peace, love, and patience. Those developing an interest in Buddhism and meditation will find this book an ideal guide.

Essential Tibetan Buddhism
Robert A. F. Thurman

This wide-ranging introduction to Tibetan Buddhism's vibrant literature includes the hymns to Tara and the songs of Milarepa; instructions for the Bodhisattva Way of Life; selections from The Tibetan Book of the Dead; more.

Awakening the Mind: Basic Buddhist Meditations
Geshe Namgyal Wangchen

The profoundly effective methods of meditation presented here have helped people overcome their problems for centuries. Based on the teachings of the Tibetan saint Tsong Khapa, these techniques help replace depression, anger, and other forms of mental pain with tranquility, compassion, and wisdom.

The Jewel Tree of Tibet: The Enlightenment Engine of Tibetan Buddhism
Robert Thurman

Now, in his first experiential course on the essentials of Tibetan Buddhism, adapted and expanded from a popular retreat he led, Thurman — the first Westerner ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama himself — shares the centuries-old wisdom of a highly valued method used by the great Tibetan masters. Using a revered, once-secret text of a seventeenth-century Tibetan master, along with a thorough explanation for contemporary Westerners, The Jewel Tree of Tibet immerses you fully in the mysteries of Tibetan spiritual wisdom.

Becoming the Compassion Buddha: Tantric Mahamudra for Everyday Life
Lama Thubten Yeshe

The first of a series of books that examine key tantric deity practices in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Lama Yeshe make coherent and understandable to the general reader and those just discovering Buddhism practices that once were considered arcane or hidden.

Lama Yeshe strongly believed that practices that helped develop compassion and wisdom should not be limited to advanced practitioners, but that the man in the street could benefit from them as well. In this book he provides a commentary on a short guru yoga practice written by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. The practice includes visualizations that inspire the development of compassion and wisdom. The final section of the book goes into detail on the subject of Mahamudra, the true nature of all phenomena, another potentially tricky subject. Here again, Lama Yeshe presents the teachings by drawing on examples from daily life and by introducing meditation practices that all can follow.Becoming the Compassion Buddha is an extraordinary book that opens new doors for countless readers.

Compassion: The Key to Great Awakening
Thought Training and the Bodhisattva Practices

Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen

In this inspiring work, a venerable Tibetan monk draws on two classic Buddhist texts to present a range of techniques for transforming our minds. Arguing that one cannot attain awakening without the great key of compassion, Geshe Gyeltsen provides practical advice on how to combat negative mental states and conditioning. His suggestions, which are deeply rooted in the Buddhist culture of Tibet, are often surprising—as when he counsels us to regard a bothersome person as a precious treasure that provides us with the opportunity to engage in the difficult practices of tolerance and patience! Through the rigorous application of "thought training" and the cultivation of the bodhisattva's altruistic attitude, we can learn to transform both ourselves and the environment around us.

Luminous Mind: The Way of the Buddha
Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche

Luminous Mind is a remarkable compilation of the oral and written teachings of the late Kalu Rinpoche - who was called "a beacon of inspiration" by the Dalai Lama. A master of meditation and leader of the Shangpu Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, Kalu Rinpoche taught with an inviting, playful and lucid style that was just one natural manifestation of his own profound realization. The teachings presented in Luminous Mind are immediate and timeless. As the Dalai Lama notes in his foreword, Luminous Mind covers "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." This anthology of Kalu Rinpoche's writings and oral teachings resonates with his wisdom and compassion.

Meaning of Life: The Buddhist Perspectives on Cause and Effect
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Jeffrey Hopkins (translation and commentary)

Each of us struggles with the existential questions of meaning, purpose, and responsibility. In The Meaning of Life, the Dalai Lama examines these questions from the Buddhist perpective, skillfully guiding us to a clearer understanding that can liberate us from the prison of selfishness and suffering. The Dalai Lama bases his explanations on the Buddha's teachings of dependent arising, showing how every aspect of our suffering-unhappiness, pain, even old age and death-is ultimately rooted in our misunderstanding of our true nature.
Through detailed discussion and lively questions-and-answers, the teachings of The Meaning of Life address the myriad challenges we meet daily-dealing with aggression from both within and without; facing illness and helping someone who is dying; expanding our capacity to feel love for all beings; and reconciling personal responsibility with the doctrine of selflessness-all suffused with the Dalai Lama's incomparable intelligence, wit, and kindess. Useful attention is given to our understanding of dependent arising, and the meaning of the Wheel of Life.

Start Where You Are
Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche

Pema Chodron:"This book is about awakening the heart. If you have every wondered how to awaken your genuine compassionate heart, this book will serve you as a guide." This is a savvy, down-to-earth contemporary version of an old Tibetan Buddhist technique for mind training, or "lojong," supported by instructions in basic sitting meditation practice (to cultivate tranquility and insight) and "tonglen"—a meditative technique that involves taking in the dark, heavy, negative emotions and sending out an attitude of light, compassionate embrace, a warm spaciousness, in its place.