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The Life of Chokgyur Lingpa

The Life of Chokgyur Lingpa is the biography told by Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche. Chokgyur Lingpa (1829-1870) was a tibetan terton or treasure revealer, meaning a person who discovers ancient texts or “Termas“. Chokgyur Lingpa is regarded as one of the major tertons in Tibetan history, his termas are widely practiced by both the Kagyu and Nyingma schools. Chokgyur Lingpa means ‘Sanctuary of […]

The Four Dharmas of Gampopa by Thrangu Rinpoche Geshe Lharampa

The Four Dharmas Of Gampopa by Thrangu Rinpoche Geshe Lharampa. Gampopa Sönam Rinchen was born in Nyal, Eastern Tibet, in 1079 and he died in 1153. He formulated his Dharma-lessons around four teachings: Grant your blessing so that my mind may turn towards the Dharma Grant your blessing so that Dharma may progress along the path Grant your blessing so […]

The Instructions of Gampopa : A Precious Garland of the Supreme Path translated by Dr. Konchok Rigzen

The Instructions of Gampopa : A Precious Garland of the Supreme Path is here in a new translation from Tibetan (2010) by Dr. Konchok Rigzen who has received special teachings on The Instructions of Gompopa by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama Stanzin Gyatso. The book is for the preliminary practitioners who understands the practice of the Buddha Dharma […]

A Guide to Shamatha Meditation by Thrangu Rinpoche

Traditionally, it is said that to achieve enlightenment one has to first listen to or study the dharma, next one has to contemplate it, and finally one has to actually practice what has been learned through meditation. All Buddhist schools share and emphasis on meditation, particularly on tranquillity and insight meditation. These are often called by their Sanskrit names: shamatha and vipashyana […]

The Four Mindfulnesses

The Four Mindfulnesses – On the basis of a poem by the seventh Dalai Lama with commentary by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche, written as transcripts of talks held by Gelek Rimpoche in 2005 and 2006. Download the entire ebook here  (193 pages):         The Four Mindfulnesses  

Art of Attention

Art of Attention is written by Pannyavaro, who founded Buddhanet.net back in 1993 – one of the oldest and most comprehensive Buddhist websites. This book was written to be published on the site.  The author states in the foreword that the art of attention is the common thread underpinning all schools of Buddhist meditation: Mahamudra in the Tibetan […]

The Tibetan Book of the Dead

The Tibetan Book of the Dead – or the Bardo Thodol is the English translation of the famous Tibetan death text, The Great Liberation upon Hearing in the Intermediate State. Bardo Thodol means “liberation by hearing on the after death plane”, it was originally written in the Tibetan and is meant to be a guide […]

An Introduction to Mahamudra Meditation by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche Geshe Lharampa

An Introduction to Mahamudra Meditation by The Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche Geshe Lharampa is an important guide to the technique. During the flourishing of the Mahamudra teachings in India  in the 8th to 12th centuries there were innumerable people who practiced Mahamudra and who then attained realization through this practice. Literally Mahamudra means  ”great seal” or “great symbol.” It is […]

A Brief Overview of the Bardo by Thrangu Rinpoche Geshe Lharampa

A Brief Overview of the Bardo by Thrangu Rinpoche Geshe Lharampa is a great companion to The Tibetan Book of the Dead or The Bardo Thodol. In this short text the author gives a modern overview of the bardos and stages we go through during the days after death. At the same time Thrangu Rinpoche Geshe Lharampa outlines what specific meditations […]

Illumination of the Path to Freedom by His Holiness the First Dalai Lama Gyalwa Gendun Drup

Illumination of the Path to Freedom by His Holiness the First Dalai Lama Gyalwa Gendun Drup (1391-1474), is a commentary to a much older Tibetan classic:  The Treasure House of Knowledge, written by the Master Vasubandhu (350 AD). Dalai Lama starts out with an entertaining discussion about Tibetan versus Sanskrit – Tibet versus India: “If a commentary […]

The Sacred Books of the East – all 50 volumes

The Sacred Books of the East is an enormous  project undertaken by Max Müller and various authors from 1879 and 1910. The groups work was published by Oxford University Press and to this day many of the translations are the only ones existing or the most precise. It is not possible to buy the complete set of these works, but Google […]

Dzogchen: Four introductory texts on Dzogchen

These books are meant as introductions to the Mahayana Buddhist system know as Dzogchen. There are indications that Dzogchen is a practice that is hundreds of years older than Buddhism itself, but it has been incorporated as advanced techniques into  the practices of Tibetan Buddhism. The four books are from the Berzin Archiches, you might […]

Living Nonduality – Enlightenment Teachings of Self-Realization by Robert Wolfe

Living Nonduality – Enlightenment Teachings of Self-Realization – is a major modern work on Nondualism by Robert Wolfe. The book is release under a Creative Commons Attribute. See Robert Wolfes website here. From the intro: “The teachings of nonduality have begun to come of age in the West, recognized at last as the central essence […]

The Yellow Book by Zimey Rinpoche

The Yellow Book by Zimey Rinpoche, with the original title: Thunder of the Stirring Black Cloud: The Oral Transmission of the Intelligent Father, was written in 1973 and first published in 1974. The book marks the culmination of the controversy between the Dalai Lama and Shugden-practitioners. In 1996 the Dalai Lama announced that Dorje Shugden was […]

The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep

Hello all, sorry for the 3 weeks break. I have spend some time in Arunachal Pradesh in northeast India, up near the border to China, but now I am back and ready to serve the lions fresh meat. Thanks to all who have signed up for the newsletter, and those of you who have joined […]

The Buddha-Carita or The Life of Buddha by Aevaghosa

The Buddha-Carita, or The Life of Buddha by Aevaghosa edited and translated by Edward B. Cowell is the original biography of the Buddha. The text is translated directly from sanskrift scriptures written in the fifth century. From the translators foreword: The Buddha-carita was translated into Chinese by Dharmarakùa in the fifth century, and a translation of this was […]

G. Gurdjieff’s Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man

The Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man by the G. I. Gurdjieff system is practically the continuation of the Society that went under the name of the “Seekers after Truth.” This Society was founded in 1895 by a group of various specialists, including doctors, archaeologists, priests, painters, etc., whose aim was to study supernatural phenomena. During the existence of […]

Teachings from Tibet by Dalai Lama other Tibetan Lamas

Teachings from Tibet by Dalai Lama. In the 1970s and ‘80s most of the great lamas left Tibet, but were still alive and teaching, mainly in India. Many of the teachings in this book were given at Tushita Mahayana Meditation Center, New Delhi, by lamas in exile. Two of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teachings are also present in […]

How to Practice the Buddhadharma – A Lamp Illuminating the Path to Liberation

How to Practice the Buddhadharma with the subtitle: A Lamp Illuminating the Path to Liberation by Sera Je Lharam Geshe Tsulga is a practical explanation of how to put the Buddha’s teachings into practice, with emphasis on the early stages of the path, guru devotion and the importance of dharma in light of reincarnation. The book gives excellent and throughout instructions […]

Seven Points for Developing a Good Heart by Kadampa Geshe Chekawa Yeshe Dorje (1101-1175)

Seven Points for Developing a Good Heart with the subtitle Advices for Training Oneself in the Greater Way is a root text written down by the Tibetan master Kadampa Geshe Chekawa Yeshe Dorje (1101 – 1175). He was also the the author of the celebrated root text, Training the Mind in Seven Points. The following version […]

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