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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 group’s work was published by Oxford University Press and to this day many of the translations are the only ones existing or the most precise. These translations might be some of the most […]

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 Sanskrit scriptures written in the fifth century. From the translator’s foreword: The Buddha-carita was translated into Chinese by Dharmarakùa in the fifth century, and a translation of […]

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

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 […]

Teachings from Tibet by Dalai Lama and other Tibetan Lamas

Teachings from Tibet by Dalai Lama and other Tibetan Lamas. In the 1970s and ‘80s most of the great Tibetan lamas left Tibet. They continued to teach, 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 […]

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 […]

Two new translations of parts of Songs of Milarepa

Here are two new free translations of parts of Songs of Milarepa from the Tibetan Padma Karpo Translation Commitee. The first is A Song of Milarepa – Milarepa and the Geshe In Drin, a song about the approach of the Kadampa geshe who is stuck at the level of words and the approach of the yogi […]

Unending Auspiciousness – The Sutra of the Recollection of the Noble Three Jewels

I just received a mail from  The Tibetan Padma Karpo Translation Committee announcing the publishing of a major translation. The Sutra of the Recollection of the Noble Three Jewels is a compilation of the Buddha’s teachings called “the recollections”. The recollections are widely used throughout all Buddhist traditions as a way of remembering the Three Jewels and deepening […]

Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior by Shantideva

Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior(sPyod-‘jug, Bodhisattvacharya-avatara) by Shantideva is text translated from Tibetan by Alexander Berzin, 2005. It was composed by the teacher Shantideva (first half of the eighth century C. E.). It was translated into Tibetan,edited, and settled upon from a Kashmiri manuscript by the learned Indian master Sarvajna-deva and the editor-translator monk Peltseg (early ninth […]

SELECTIONS FROM THE BONPO BOOK OF THE DEAD Collected and translated by John Myrdhin Reynolds

Selections form the Bonpo Book of the Dead. The selected translations from the Bonpo tradition of Dzogchen presented here are parts of the translating of all the relevant Tibetan texts from the Zhang -zhung Nyan-gyud collection. From the translator’s foreword: “In these commentaries which I provide to the translations, I elaborate upon the view of Dzogchen in […]

Mirror of Wisdom – Teachings on Emptiness – by Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen

Mirror of Wisdom with the subtitle ‘Teachings on Emptiness’ is Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen commentaries on the emptiness section of ‘Mind Training Like the Rays of the Sun’ and ‘The Heart Sutra’. The subject of emptiness is very profound. Here, Geshe-la gives us clear and extensive instructions on the topic so that we may come to understand and […]

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