THE RI-ME PHILOSOPHY OF JAMGON KONGTRUL THE GREAT: A Study of the Buddhist Lineages of Tibet by Ringu Tulku
This compelling study of the Ri-me movement and of the major Buddhist lineages of Tibet is comprehensive and accessible.
It includes an introduction to the history and philosophy of the Ri-me movement; a biography of the movement's leader, the meditation master and philosopher known as Jamgon Kongtrul the Great; helpful summaries of the eight lineages' practice-and-study systems, which point out the different emphases of the schools; an explanation of the most hotly disputed concepts; and an overview of the old and new tantras.
GATES TO BUDDHIST PRACTICE by Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche
This collection of teachings first grounds the practitioner in Buddhist principles and then dives deep into the Vajrayana. It captures the warmth and vastness of Rinpoche's heart-mind, the humor of his stories and the simplicity with which he communicates the spiritual path.
"This is a rare book: a brilliant guide to the spiritual path by a master of outstanding qualities."--Sogyal Rinpoche
TANTRIC DISTINCTION: A Buddhist's Reflections on Compassion and Emptiness by Jeffrey Hopkins
Hopkins explains emptiness, the functions of the guru, meditation, the cherishing of others, and the Bodhisattva ideal. He unravels the differences between Hinayana and Mahayana, and the various schools of Mahayana. He reconciles conventional and ultimate reality, and describes the process of cutting through this craziness of cyclic existence--the final path being the tantric. Enlightenment is demystified and shown to be a possibility for all.
Tantra is an Asian body of philosophy and practices that seeks to channel in liberating ways the divine energy that grounds the universe. The wide geographical and temporal scope of Tantra is examined in 36 texts from Tibet, Nepal, India, Japan, and China, which represent the full spectrum of Tantric experience--Buddhist, Hindu, Jain and even Islamic.
SECRET OF THE VAJRA WORLD: The Tantric Buddhism of Tibet by Reginald Ray
Secret of the Vajra World is the companion volume to the author's earlier book, Indestructible Truth: The Living Spirituality of Tibetan Buddhism. While that book focuses on the history, cosmology, philosophy, and practice of the more public, exoteric side of Tibetan Buddhism, this work treats its lesser-known, esoteric and tantric aspects as they take shape in Vajrayana.
SECRET BUDDHISM: Vajrayana Practices by Kalu Rinpoche
Secret Buddhism reveals the essentials of Vajrayana, mantras, empowerments, the six yogas of Naropa, Chod, Pure Land, and the six Bardos.
A history of the Kagyupa and Shangpa lineages and some explanation of the principles of Tibetan medicine complete this survey of Tibetan Buddhism.
CREATIVE SYMBOLS OF TANTRIC BUDDHISM by Sangharakshita
Tantric Buddhism is concerned with the direct experience of who we are and what we can become. Its sole aim is to help us realize our potential for profound wisdom and unbounded compassion by transforming the energy locked in by old habits, fears, and narrow views. For the Tantra this experience cannot be mediated by concepts; it is beyond words and thought, beyond the everyday mind and personality. But it can be evoked with the help of symbols.
THE PRACTICE OF THE SIX YOGAS OF NAROPA compiled, translated and edited by Glenn H. Mullin
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 eleventh-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.
READINGS ON THE SIX YOGAS OF NAROPA Translated, edited and introduced by Glenn Mullin
The Six Yogas of Naropa are one of the most popular tantric systems with all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. This collection of readings contains 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. Discusses the practices, their context and the historical continuity of this most important tradition, which is said to bring full enlightenment in one lifetime. (This book of teachings on the Six Yogas complements Tsongkhapa's Six Yogas of Naropa.)