GURU RINPOCHE. His Life and Times by Ngawang Zangpo
To 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 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.
THE LOTUS-BORN: The Life Story of Padmasamhava by Yeshe Tsogyal, fore. by Dilgo Khyentse
Titled in the original Tibetan "The Sanglingma Life Story" it was recorded by the dakini Yeshe Tsogyal, concealed in the ninth century at Sanglingma (Copper Temple) in Samye, and revealed by Nyang Ral Nyima Oser in the twelfth century. In addition to narrating the legendary story of a unique spiritual personality, the book contains oral instructions and advice that he left for the benefit of future generations.
BUDDHIST MASTERS OF ENCHANTMENT: The Lives and Legends of the Mahasiddhas trans. by Keith Dowman, illus. by Robert Beer
The lives and Legends of the Mahasiddhas. There is no better illustration of the nature of Tantric Buddhism than the lives of the masters who founded it. These beautifully iilustrated stories of the extraordinary men and women who attained enlightenment and magical powers by disregarding convention and penetrating to the core of life show us a way through human into spontaneous and free state of oneness with the divine. Tradition holds that hte lives of the Mahasiddhas are paradigms for different processes of psychic awakening.
HOLY MADNESS: Portraits of Tantric Siddhas by Rob Linrothe, editor
Holy Madness: Portraits of Tantric Siddhas is a groundbreaking examination of the art and legends of some of the most colorful characters in South Asian and Himalayan civilization. With contributions by ten of the most prominent scholars in the field, this catalog provides both a survey of the topic of mahasiddhas (Sanskrit, "maha" meaning "great" and "siddha" meaning "accomplished one") in art as well as essays on particular aspects of the theme, including literary, religious, sociological, and anthropological dimensions.
Indian Buddhist Pandits, describing the life and works of the major Buddhist Masters of Ancient India, translated from the second volume of The Jewel Garland of Buddhist History, compiled by the Tibetan Masters, will surely serve as an inspiration to all the students and scholars of the Buddhist philosophy. Between the covers of this slim volume, the reader is offered glimpses of the courage, compassion, dedication and the devotion with which luminous Buddhist Masters like Nagarjuna, Aryadeva, Asanga, Chandrakirti, Shantideva, Shantirakshita and Dharmakirti etc. upheld the Buddhist philosophy and contributed to its enrichment and propagation.
MASTERS OF MEDITATION AND MIRACLES: The Longchen Nyingthig Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism by Tulku Thondup
Lives of the Great Buddhist Masters of India and Tibet Presents colorful biographies of thirty-five 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 Nyingthig lineage of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism, a cycle of mystical teachings revealed by the great scholar and adept Jigme Lingpa.
MASTERS OF MAHAMUDRA: Songs and Histories of the Eighty-Four Buddhist Siddhas by Keith Dowman
In Tibetan Buddhism, Mahamudra represents a perfected level of meditative realization: it is the inseparable union of wisdom and compassion, of emptiness and skillful means. These eighty-four masters, some historical, some archetypal, accomplished this practice in India where they lived between the eighth and twelfth centuries. Leading unconventional lives, the siddhas include some of the greatest Buddhist teachers; Tilopa, Naropa, and Marpa among them.
BUDDHA'S LIONS, The Lives of The Eighty - Four Siddhas by Abhayadatta
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 their way of life the keys to realization. Abhayadatta's account of eighty-four great siddhas offers insight into the Vajrayana, the path that transforms ordinary experiences into oportunities for awakening.
BIOGRAPHICAL SCRIPTURE OF KING ASOKA by Li Rongxi, Tr.
In spite of the legendary style of the presentation, this biographical work, of which the original Sanskrit text is little known, gives accounts of the major events in the life of King Asoka that are historically verifiable through comparative studies of reliable written records and arch'ological findings. Although the exact date of the original text is unascertainable, it may be said that it was composed no earlier than 184 B.C.