Recent Books on Buddhism
- Recommended by Hans-Hinrich Taeger (Champa Legshe), Febr. 99     (Updated June 2000)
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Hans Taeger 1983PREMARK: To choose a variety of Buddhist books, published in the last 10 years, was not an easy task, having a collection of nearly 1000 Buddhist titles in my library (-published from the Midsixties onwards). Unfortunatly many excellent books are out of print or so highly specialized that it would give no sense to mention them here. Anyhow, I hope that this small collection covers most fields and levels of Tibetan Buddhism. At the end of my descriptions I often mention if the book is more Mahayana or more Vajrayana orientated, even though the borders between those two ways of understanding and practicing are fluid. Where ever I could, I also marked which of the four main lineages or traditions (Nyingma, Shakyapa, Kagyu, Gelugpa) this text represents. An Upala flower (Paeonia) marks a book with many eye catching pictures and a good design. I will update this page as often as possible. So revisit from time to time. New titles are marked with this  symbol!
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ARVIDSSON, Frederic
& MORAN, Kerry
The Kathmandu Valley, 144 pp, Shambhala/USA 1998

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An eye-catching photo book covering the beauty, vitality, magic and multireligious activity of Kathmandu and it's neighbouring district. A peaceful coexistence of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Shamanism. ***
AUSTIN, James H. Zen and the Brain. Towards an Understanding of Meditation and Consciousness, 844 pp, MIT Press/USA 1998
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A scientific and philosophical orientated book, building bridges between brain-science and altered states of mind, caused by Zen-Meditation (-and LSD). Highly important for a modern way of understanding meditation, put under a Western microscope. - See also New Age Literature ***
BECKERT, Heinz &
 GOMBRICH, Richard
The World of Buddhism. Buddhist Monks and Nuns in Society and Culture, 308 pp, Thames & Hudson/GB 1991
 

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A history of Buddhism from ancient India to Central Asia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Burma, Cambodia, China, Vietnam, Korea and Japan. With a collection of articles, 300 illustrations and 215 photographs. A very good introduction for the visual orientated reader and a nice present also. ***
BIRNBAUM, Raoul The Healing Journey, 289 pp, Shambhala/USA 1989
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Various text's and images concerning the Medicine Buddha (Bhaishaya Guru) following the Chinese Buddhist Mahayana tradition. *
 BLOFELD, John The Wheel of Life. The Autobiography of a Western Buddhist, 298 pp, Shambhala/USA 1988
 

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The autobiography of one of the most gifted writers and practitioners in the field of esoteric sciences and an experienced expert concerning Taoism and Buddhism. You will enjoy his wisdom and intelligent humour and get a feeling for the vital spirit of Buddhism, filtered by Western eyes. ***
BLOFELD, John Gateway to Wisdom. Taoist and Buddhist Contemplative and Healing Yogas, 214 pp, Unwin/GB 1990
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An easy to follow and practical guide to various techniques of the Taoist and Buddhist traditions (-like breathing, Yoga, diet, meditation). A great book for beginning and advanced practitioners. **
CHÖGYAM, Ngakpa Journey into Vastness, A Handbook of Tibetan Meditation Techniques, 267 pp, Element Books/GB 1988
 

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A fresh and creative introduction to basic meditation techniques and to an easy understanding of the goals of Buddhism by the experienced Western Yogi Ngakpa Chögyam, a follower of the so-called White lineage Tantricians.
- Vajrayana / White lineage
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CHÖKYI NYIMA Rinpoche The Bardo Guidebook, 190 pp, Rangjung Yeshe Publ./Nepal 1991

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About dying, how to dye, the four Bardo-stages and the Bardo of Becoming. An easy to follow interpretation of the Tibetan Book of the Dead. With glossary.
- Vajrayana / Nyingma
**
CORNU, Philippe Tibetan Astrology, 294 pp, Shambhala/USA 1997

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A good, comprehensive, easy to follow, trustworthy (authentic) and solid introduction into the Chinese and Indian Astrology systems used in Tibet, the 5 elements, the 12-year and 60-year cycle, the Mewas, Pharkas, the Lunar mansions, hours, days, weeks etc. - See also Astrology
- Nyingma
***
CONZE, Edward A Short History of Buddhism, 151 pp, Oneworld Publ./GB 1993
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A historical journey through 2500 years of Buddhism, covering Hinayana, Mahayana, Zen and Trantrayana. Very essential and precice. **
deCHARMS, Christopher Two Views of Mind. Abidharma and Brain Science, 242 pp, Snow Lion/USA 1998

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A side-by-side comparance of recent discoveries of Western Neuroscience (-brain activities of human cognition) and the Tibetan Buddhist explanations of perception. Easy to follow. -See also New Age Literature.
- Mahayana, Sutrayana, Vajrayana
**
DORJE, Gyurme Tibet Handbook (-with Bhutan), 768 pp, Footprint Handbooks/GB 1996
 

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A highly informative and reliable travel guide for Tibet, Buthan and Nepal, written by a Tibetan scholar. With detailed maps, travel routes, architectural sketches of all importnat monasteries. Glossaries on Buddhist iconography, terms, history etc. ***
DROLMA, Delog Dawa Delog, Journey to Realms Beyond Death, 161 pp, Padma Publ./USA 1995
 

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Realizations and experiences of a Tibetan worman which was declared dead for 5 days, describing her visions in the realms of Padmasambhava, Chenrezig and Tara. - For my understanding a mixture of beliefs, phantasy and some real mystical experiences. *
EDOU, Jérôme Machig Labdrön and the Foundation of Chöd, 237 pp, Snow Lion/USA 1996
 
 
 
 

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Introduction to the Chöd tradition (Chöd = Tantric meditation training to cut of all fixations of an ego), the Chöd Mahamudra lineage and on the Chöd patron goddess, the 'White Gantha Dakini' (Machig Labdrön). For the initiated Chöd practitioner. - Jérôme is (-like me) a student of Tenga Tulku, Gendün Rinpoche and Kalu Rinpoche.
- Vajrayana / Kagyu
**
FARROW, G. W. &
MENON, I. (eds.)
The Concealed Essence of the Hevajra Tantra, 308 pp, Motilal/India 1992
 
 

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An extensive and detailed commented translation of the Hevajra sadhana (-meditation instruction) with Sanskrit and English side-by-side. For the initiated and highly advanced Vajrayana follower, who has no chance to get these instructions by his teacher.
- Vajrayana
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FRÉDÉRIC, Louis Buddhism, 357 pp, Flammarion/F 1995
 
 

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An Iconographic Guide on Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism with many photos and illustrations. The author puts a special emphasis on the Japanese and Chinese Iconography, but covers also deities and Buddhas as described in the Tibetan pantheon. *
GAMPOPA The Jewel Ornament of Liberation. The Wish-Fulfilling Gem of the Noble Teachings, 520 pp, Snow Lion/USA 1998
 

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A new translation of the famous standard work of Tibetan Buddhism by Gampopa, founder of the Kagyu lineage. An equivalent to the Lam Rim teachings of the Gelugpa lineage. A complete introduction to practice and philosophy of the Mahayana vehicle. Highly recommended.
- Mahayana / Kagyu
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 GOLDBERG, Jay &
 NARDIN, Doya (eds.)
MO, the Tibetan Divination System, Snow Lion/USA 1998

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The famous Tibetan oracle (- based on the Manjushri-Mantra OM AH RA PA TZA NA DHI) with dice, 36 Mo-Cards and a manual (120 pages). An entertaining way to learn a little bit about Buddhism. Also nice as a present. *
GYALTSAB, Zhechen &
NAMGYAL, Padma Gyurmed
Path of Heroes, Birth of Enlightenment, Vol. 1, 251 pp, Dharma Publ./USA 1995
& Vol. 2, p. 257-666, Dharma Publ./USA 1995
 
 

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A traditional introduction to Buddhism with emphasis on Guru Yoga, the realms of rebirth, Refuge and Bodhicitta (Vol. 1) and on the Enlightened Mind, meditative action, tranquility, death, commitments and self-mastery (Vol. 2). Based on a script of 12th century Kadampa master Chakhawa Yeshe. For the beginning practitioner.
- Mahayana / Vajrayana / Gelugpa
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GYATRUL Rinpoche Generating the Deity, 139 pp, Snow Lion/USA 1996
 

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A helpful and easy to follow introduction to Deity Yoga: visualization sequences, offerings, mantra recitation, Mudras, Tormas etc. With some photos and illustrations. For the beginning practitioner of Deity Yoga.
- Vajrayana / Nyingma
**
HOLMES, Ken His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, 152 pp, Altea Publ./GB 1995
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A history of the Karmapa reincarnation lineage, the Karma Kagyu tradition and esp. on the late 16th and the newly discovered 17th Karmapa reincarnations. With b/w and color photos.
- Karma Kagyu
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HOPKINS, Jeffrey Emptiness Yoga, The Middle Way Consequence School, 510 pp, Snow Lion/USA 1987
 

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The philosophy of Emptiness and Depending Arising, following the Prasanghika and Madhyamika School. Be surprised by the sharp and analytical thinking, offered and trained by Buddhism. Recommended for the beginner and the advanced student.
- Sutrayana
***
HOPKINS, Jeffrey
Sex, Orgasm and the Mind of Clear Mind, The Sixty-four Arts of Gay Male Love, 123 pp, North Atlantic Books/USA 1998  (with photo illustrations)
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A gay alternative to the heterosexual love techniques, described in Gedün Chöpel's book 'Tibetan Arts of Love'. Tibetan tantra and gay sex, Buddhism and sex, tantric psychology, Enlightenment & Homosexuality.
- Tantrayana
***
HOPKINS, Jeffrey
Emptiness in the Mind-Only School of Buddhism, Dynamic Responses to Tzongkhapa, 528 pp, University of California Press/USA 1999

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Asanga's 'Grounds of Bodhisattvas' & 'Compendium of Ascertainments', Maitreya's 'Ornament for the Great Vehicle Sutras' & 'Differentiation of the Middle and the Extreme', the 'Sutra Unraveling the Thought'. A scientific study on the Mind-Only Philosophy. For the intermediate and advanced student of Sutra.
- Sutrayana / Gelugpa
**
JACKSON, David &
 JACKSON, Janice
Tibetan Thangka Painting, Methods & Materials, 202 pp, Serinda Publ./GB 1998 (- with illustrations of R. Beer)

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The best, most detailed and authentic instruction book on thangka painting I know. With hundreds of sketches and some thangka reproductions. Equally recommended for the student of thangka painting and the art collector. ***
JACKSON, David
A History of Tibetan Painting, 456 pp, Österr.Akademie der Wissenschaften/A 1996

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A richly illustrated book on Tibetan Art from the 13th to the 20th century. About the various painting traditions (schools), iconography and famous artists. 210 photos, graphics and full color prints. For the Art Historian and collector. **
JONES, Ken The Social Face of Buddhism, 415 pp, Wisdom Publ./GB 1989
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A book by social activist and Zen Buddhist Ken Jones on Engaged Buddhism, morality and the dynamic aspects of a modern global Buddhism. *
KALU Rinpoche The Dharma, That Illuminates All Beings Impartially Like the Light of the Sun and the Moon, 222pp, State University of New York/USA 1986

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Some lectures of my teacher, the great Tibetan Vajra Master Kalu Rinpoche, who spent more than 30 years in various retreat-caves and heritages. Essays on the 4 Noble Truth, Bardo, Mandala, Vows, Women, Siddhis, Mahamudra... Easy to understand.
- Vajrayana / Shangha Kagyu
***
KALU Rinpoche Gently Whispered, Oral Teachings by the Very Venerable Kalu Rinpoche, 292 pp, Station Hill Press/USA 1994
 

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A collection of teaching given by the great Yogi and Tibetan master Kalu Rinpoche on: Nature of Mind, Refuge, Bardo, Mantrayana, Bodhisattva Vows, Mahamudra, Samaya and Dharma. A wonderful book with some photos and illustrations.
- Vajrayana / Shangha Kagyu
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KALU Rinpoche
Foundations of Tibetan Buddhism, The Gem Ornament of Manifold Oral Instructions, 196 pp, Snow Lion/USA 1999

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A collection of teachings, given in Oregon/USA in 1982: The 3 Yanas, Preliminary Practices (Ngöndro), Bodhisattva vows, Vajrayana Commitment, Shamatha Practice, Mahamudra, Lay Vows etc. For the practicing Vajrayana Buddhist.
- Vajrayana / Shangha Kagyu
**
KONGTRUL, Jamgön Creation and Completion. Essential Points of Tantra Meditation, 129 pp, Wisdom Publ./USA 1996

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A text of the eighteenth-century Tibetan master Jamgön Kongtrul about the basic aspects of Tantra: Deity Practice, Creation Stage, Completion Stage. Tibetan text with English translation and comments.
- Vajrayana / Kagyu
**
LAMRIMPA, Gen
Transcending Time, An Explanation of the Kalachakra Six-Session Guru Yoga, 317 pp, Wisdom Publ./USA 1999

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Overview of the Kalachakra Tantra and Tantra in general, Receiving Initiations, Guru Yoga, Generating Oneself as Kalachakra, Bindu Yoga and Subtle Yoga, Mantra Recitation, Completion Stage, Nature of Phenomena
- Vajrayana / Gelugpa
**
LEIDY, Denise & THURMAN, Robert
Mandala. The Architecture of Enlightenment, 174 pp, Shambhala/USA 1998
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A colorful artbook with wonderful reproductions of Tibetan Mandalas and deities, presenting some basic principles of the Mandala archetype. Learning by seeing.- For the Tantric practitioner and the art expert. **
LESSING, F. D. &
WAYMAN, Alex
Introduction to the Buddhist Tantric System, 383 pp, Motilal/India 1998 (Reprint)
 
 

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A commented translation of a 14th century script, written by Khadrup Rinpoche, one of the two famous chief disciples of Tzongkhapa. On the 5 Buddha Families, the 4 Tantra Classes, the Mantrayana, the Mandala and the initiation. Even if it might have some slight translation errors of great value for the Vajrayana practitioner.
- Vajrayana / Gelugpa
**
 MacKENZIE, Vicki Reincarnation. The Boy Lama, 183 pp, Bloomsbury/GB 1988

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A short biography, his death and the rebirth of my beloved teacher Lama Thubten Yeshe, who's reincarnation was discovered in the Spanish boy Osel Hita Torres. An exciting documention. Was once a book bestseller. **
MARINANGELI, Luciana
Tibetische Astrologie, Das verborgene Wissen der kosmischen Ordnung, 226 pp, Fischer Media/D 1998, illustriert
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Eine gründlich recherchierte Einführung in die Tibetische Astrologie, basierend auf dem Bönpo Schamanismus, der chinesischen u. altindischen Astrologie und des buddhistischen Kalachakra Tantra. Grundlegendes über buddh. Ethik, Astro-Medizin, Zeitzyklen, Sternbilder, Stundenastrologie, Körperzeichen etc. Eingefügt sind Tafeln zur Berechnung des eigenen tib. Horoskops. Empfehlenswert. **
MIDDLETON, Ruth Alexandra David-Neel, Portrait of an Adventurer, 206 pp, Shambhala/USA 1989
 

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A thrilling biography on the remarkable Tibet explorer, Buddhist, adventurer and bestseller author Alexandra David-Neel (1868-1969). Even though her understanding of Tibetan Buddhism was limited, her books on Tibet were a huge success in the past. *
 MULLIN, Glenn &
 KUBLER-ROSS, Elisabeth
Living in the Face of Death. The Tibetan Tradition, 300 pp, Snow Lion/USA 1998

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A collection of  9 important Tibetan text's by early Dalai Lamas, their Gurus and disiciples on a Tantric understanding of living and dying. Philosophical training (Karma and reincarnation), meditation practice, Tantric ritual and inner Yoga.
- Mahayana / Vajrayana / Gelugpa
**
 NAMDROL, Khenpo
The Practice of Vajrakilaya, Oral Teachings by Khenpo Namdrol Rinpoche, 87 pp, Snow Lion/USA 1999

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Script of a teaching on the Vajrakila Tantra, given in Maryland/USA in 1995: The Origin of the Vajrakilaya Tantras, The Origin of the Deity Vajrakilaya, The Practice of Vajrakilaya, Palace, Deities, Mandala, Vizualizations, Emptiness, Mantras, Concluding Phase
- Vajrayana / Nyingmapa
**
 NAPPER, Elizabeth Dependent-Arising and Emptiness, 847 pp, Wisdom Publ./GB 1989
 

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A profound introduction to the Madhyamika School of Buddhist philosophy, explained following the view of the Gelugpa tradition. For advanced students of Buddhist philosophy (Sutrayana) highly recommended.
- Sutrayana / Gelugpa
***
 NISKER, Wes
Buddha Nature, Evolution as a Practical Guide to Enlightenment, 243 pp, Bantam Books/USA/GB 1998
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On Mindfulness, Consciousness, Body and Breath, States of Mind, Thinking about Thinking, Evolving towards Enlightenment. A modern approach to Buddhism by American meditation teacher Wes Nisker **
 NYDAHL, Lama Ole Riding the Tiger. Twenty Years on the Road: The Risks and Joys of Bringing Tibetan Buddhism to the West, 507 pp, Blue Dolphin Publ./USA 1992
 

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The adventurous travel tours of the 16th Karmapa and of Kalu Rinpoche through Western countries in a vital description of the Danish Buddhist, translator and tour manager Ole Nydahl. Basically an authobiography of Ole himself. Many photos. -An interesting time document and I was part of it too.
- Kagyu
**
 PABONGKA Rinpoche Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. A Concise Discourse on the Path to Enlightenment, 978 pp, Wisdom Publ./USA 1991
 
 
 

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The complete and famous Lam-Rim course (-fundamentals of Mahayana Buddhism), given by Gelugpa Master Pabongka Rinpoche in 1921. The course was given in 24 days and covers all aspects of Buddhism (esp. Hinayana and Mahayana). With some text illustrations. - I followed four full and a couple of short Lam-Rim courses in the Midseventieth. A great experience and highly recommended!
- Mahayana / Gelugpa
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 PADMASAMBHAVA, Guru Dakini Teachings. Padmasambhava's Oral Instructions to Lady Tsogyal, 190 pp, Shambala/USA 1990
- Tenporarily out of print

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A collection of teachings given by the famous 8th century Guru Padmasambhava to one of his chief disciples and female consorts, the Dakini Yeshe Tsogyal. On: Refuge, Bodhicitta, Secret Mantra, Vajra Master and Yidam, Mind Training and more. With glossary. Highly recommended.
- Vajrayana / Nyingma
**
 PERDUE, Daniel E. Debate in Tibetan Buddhism, 938 pp, Snow Lion/USA 1992
 

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A highly recommended book on Buddhist logic, philosophy, the art of debate and the sharp and detailed analytical thinking, how it is trained in Buddhist monasteries. For advanced students and 'professionals'.
- Sutrayana / Gelugpa
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 POWERS, John Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism, 500 pp, Snow Lion/USA 1995

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History and a comprehensive introduction to Tibetan Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism as well as to the four major lineages (schools) and the Bön Religion. A good and reliable starter for the seriously interested beginner. **
RABTEN, Geshe Echoes of Voidness, 147 pp, Wisdom Publ./GB 1986
 
 
 
 

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This is a book I recommend to all my friends. It contains some important and deep lectures, given by my teacher Geshe Rabten. A sharp thinker and excellent philosopher. The teachings are on the 'Heart of Wisdom Sutra', the analysis of phenomena and voidness (commentaries on Chandrakirti's 'Guide to the Middle Path') and on Mahamudra.
- Sutrayana / Vajrayana / Gelugpa
***
 RABTEN, Geshe Treasury of Dharma. A Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Course, 255 pp, Tharpa Publ./GB 1988
 

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An easy to understand and clearly formulated introduction to Buddhism, given by my teacher Geshe Rabten. On: Mental Factors, the 12 links, Nature of Mind, Mahayana, Loving Kindness, the 6 Perfections, the Perfection of Wisdim... Highly recommended for Mahayana students.
- Mahayana / Gelugpa
***
 RABTEN, Geshe
The Essential Nectar, Meditations on the Buddhist Path, 306 pp, Wisdom Publ./USA 1992 (ed. & translated by M. Wilson)

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A lam rim course on the basics of mahayana Buddhism: rebirth, death, suffering, refuge, samsara, bodhicitta, 6 perfections, quietude, shine meditation, bodhisattva attitude etc. Manuscript of 32 discourses at Tharpa Choeling monastery, Switzerland, between 1981 and 1982.
- Sutrayana, Mahayana / Gelugpa
**
 RABTEN, Geshe
The Mind and its Functions, 189 pp, Editions Rabten Choeling/CH 1992  (ed. & translated by St. Batchelor)
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A mahayana Buddhist interpretation and analysis of the mind, based on the pramana and abhidharma literature, based on manuscripts of two lectures given at Rikon monastery / Switzerland (1976-77). On perception and conception, the ideal mind, the non-ideal mind, objects, primary minds and mental factors, the omnipresent, object-ascertaining and variable mental factors, the wholesome mental factors, the unwholesome mental factors. For the slightly advanced beginner.
- Sutrayana, Mahayana / Gelugpa
**
 Rabten, Geshe
Song of the Profound View, 94 pp, Wisdom Publ./GB 1989 (ed. & translated by St. Batchelor)

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Two texts and commentaries on shunyata (emptiness), written by Geshe Rabten in the late sixties, during a long retreat and in the early eighties. The commentaries are entitled 'Some reflections on the Meaning of the Profound View'.
For the higher advanced beginner.
- Sutrayana, Vajrayana / Gelugpa
*
 RANGDROL, Tsele Natsok Lamp of Mahamudra, 108 pp, Shambhala/USA 1989
 

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A short but condensed introduction to the highest of all Buddhist teachings or state of mind: Mahamudra. With articles on Shamatha (Shine), the 4 Yogas, the 5 paths, the 10 Bhumis and the 3 Kayas. Easy to follow. With a glossary.
- Vajrayana / Kagyu / Nyingma
**
 REYNOLDS, John Myrdhin Self-Liberation Through Seeing with Naked Awareness, 170 pp, Station Hill Press/USA 1989
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A good commented translation of the 'Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation'. A book on Dzogchen and Mahamudra, written by the great Padmasambhava (8th century). A highly condensed text on the highest aspects of Tibetan Buddhism.
- Vajrayana / Nyingma / Kagyu
***
 RHIE, Marylin &
 THURMAN, Robert
Wisdom and Compassion. The Sacred Art of Tibet, 406 pp, Thames & Hudson/GB 1991
 
 

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A book on Tibetan Culture, Art, Iconography, history, the 4 major lineages, the main Bodhisattvas and Buddhas as well as on techniques of thangka painting and sculpture. A reliable introduction for the Art Historian, collector and Buddhist student. 278 illustrations (263 in color). The prints have a reasonable quality. *
 SADOKATA, Akira Buddhist Cosmology. Philosophy and Origins, 223 pp, Kosei Publ./Japan 1997

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On the structure of matter, the realms of rebirth, Karma, Cosmos and time, Buddhist deities etc., described from the view of Indian and Japanese Mahayana Buddhism.
- Mahayana
*
 SCHUHMACHER, Stephan &
 WOERNER, Gert (eds.)
The Rider Encyclopaedia of Eastern Philosophy and Religion, Buddhism, Taoism, Zen, Hinduism, 468 pp, Rider/UK 1999   - illustrated
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The famous and quite reliable encyclopedia, now in a paperback edition. More than 4,000 entries and 100 illustrations on important terms, meditation masters, basic texts, sects and schools, mythology etc. on basic Eastern wisdom sytems. In lack of a better informed encyclopedia highly recommended. ***
 SHARPA Tulku Meditation on Vajrabhairava, 143 pp, Library of Tibetan Works/IND 1990
- Maybe out of print
Preliminaries, practice and Sadhana of the one-faced Vajrabhairava (Yamantaka). For the initiated and highly advanced Vajrayana practitioner.
- Vajrayana / Annutara Tantra / Gelugpa
**
 SHEARER, Alistar
Buddha. The Intelligent Heart, 96 pp, Thames & Hudson/GB 1992

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A general introduction to Buddhism of all traditions (Hinayana, Mahayana, Vajrayana). With 166 illustrations and 19 color prints. Nice as a present. *
 SNELLING, John The Sacred Mountain. The Complete Guide to Tibet's Mount Kailas, 457 pp, East-West Publ./GB 1990
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A richly illustrated travellers guide to Mount Kailas, who is equally holy to Hindus, Buddhists and Bön Po's. With many beautiful color photos. *
 SNELLING, John The Elements of Buddhism, 136pp, Element Books/GB 1990

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A short introduction to basics of Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism. - A quick information reference for people who are in a hurry. **
 SOGYAL Rinpoche The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, 425 pp, Rider/GB 1992
 
 

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A more modern orientated introduction on how to practice meditation and with teachings on compassion, Karma, rebirth, near-death experiences, the Bardo's, Spirituality... An easy to understand book by the popular Nyingma teacher Sogyal Rinpoche.
- Mahayana / Nyingma
**
 SONAM RINCHEN, Geshe The Six Perfections. An Oral Teaching, 186 pp, Snow Lion/USA 1998
 

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A Mahayana teaching on Buddhist ethics: the perfections of generosity, ethical discipline, patience, enthusiastic effort, concentration and wisdom. Basic virtues to become a Bodhisattva for the sake of all beings.
- Mahayana / Gelugpa
**
 St. RUTH, Diana Experiences Beyond Thinking. A Practical Guide to Buddhist Meditation, 122 pp, Buddhist Publ. Group/GB 1993
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A very simple guide to Buddhist meditation with some cartoon illustrations. Also nice as a present. *
 TENGA RINPOCHE Transition & Liberation, Explanations of Meditation in the Bardo, 116 pp, Khampa Buchverlag/D 1999 - illustrated
 

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Tantric teachings (given in Germany in 1994) based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead: the 6 bardos and how consciousness can be guided on all the various stages. The 6 elements and Buddha families and their magical emanations during the after death experiences. The formation of the human body, the bardo of dream, the bardo of samadhi, the bardo of the time of death, the bardo of dharmata, the bardo of becoming.
- Vajrayana / Kagyu
**
 TENZIN WANGYAL Rinpoche Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep. 220pp, Snow Lion/USA 1998 An easy to follow introduction to Dzogchen, states of dream and sleep, explanations of Karma and non-duality, Dream-Yoga (- how to stay conscious during deep sleep). A teaching by a Tibetan Bonpo Lama.
- Vajrayana level / Bonpo
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 THONDUP Tulku (tr.) Enlightened Living. Teachings of Tibetan Buddhist Masters, 156 pp, Shambhala/USA 1990
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Some poetic and vital stories, written by some prominent contempary Tibetan teachers on their day-to-day spiritual life.
- Nyingma
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 THURMAN, Robert (ed) The Central Philosophy of Tibet. A Study and Translation of Jey Tsongkhapa's 'Essence of True Eloquence', 442 pp, Princeton University/USA 1991
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A fundamental philosophical script on relativity by the great Tibetan Master Tsongkhapa (1357-1419) with an introduction and some detailed annotations of Tibetologist Robert Thurman.
- Sutrayana / Gelugpa
**
 THURMAN, Robert (tr)
The Tibetan Book of the Dead, Liberation  Through Understanding In The Between, 278 pp, Bantam/USA 1994  - illustrated

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The famous Tibetan Book of the Dead in a translation by R. Thurman. With commentaries on Buddhism, rebirth inthe 6 realms, the 3 kayas, the death preparations, the various bardos, the peaceful and wrathful barado deities, the various lights and elements, the process of rebirth or the liberation in the state of bardo. (Compare the Bardo-Teachings by Kalu Rinpoche) ***
 TRIMINGHAM, Forest
Buddha, the Living Way, 206 pp, Random House/USA 1998
 

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A colorful photo trip through various Buddhist countries like: Tibet, Thailand, Indonesia, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Japan. With some small essays by PicoIyer. Also nice as a present. ***
 TRONGE, Jane (ed) Ngondro Commentary. Instructions for the Concise Preliminary Practices of the New Treasure of Dudjom, 124 pp, Padma Publ./USA 1995
- Maybe out of  print

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A short introduction to Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism and the four Preliminary Practices (Ngondro): Refuge, Mandala Offering, Vajrasattva, Guru Yoga. Following the Nyingma lineage as explained by Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche. For intitiated Vajrayana practitioners.
- Vajrayana / Nyingma
**
 TSOKNY Rinpoche Carefree Dignity. Discourses on Training in the Nature of Mind, 236 pp, Rangjung Yeshe Publ./USA 1998
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An easy to follow introduction to Dzogchen with witty comments and guided meditations. Tsoknyi's father was the famous teacher Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. Also articles on shine and Vajrasattva meditation. Highly recommended for the beginning practitioner.
- Nyingma
**
 TSOMO, Karma Lekshe (ed) Daughters of the Buddha, 346 pp, Snow Lion/USA 1988
 

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This book is the result of the first international conference of Buddhist nuns from both, East and West and from various Buddhist traditions. Participants came from Burma, China, Japan, Korea, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tibet, Vietnam, USA, Germany and other countries. *
 TSULTRIM GYELTSEN, Geshe Keys to Great Enlightenment, 176 pp, Thubten Dhargye Ling/USA 1989
- Maybe out of print

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Commentaries on 2 important Mahayana text's: 'The Eight Verses of Thought Training' and 'The 37 Bodhisattva Practices'. For students of Tibetan philosophy.
- Mahayana / Gelugpa
**
 WAYMAN, Alex The Buddhist Tantras. Light on Indo-Tibetan Esotericism, 247 pp, Motilal/India 1993  (Reprint)
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An informative and well researched introduction to the fundamentals of Tantra. With texts on Initiation, Mandala, Twilight Language, The Inner Zodiac and The Ritual.
- Vajrayana / no special tradition
**
 WHITFIELD, Roderich &
 FARRER, Anne
Caves of the Thousand Buddhas. Chinese Art from the Silk Route, 208 pp, British Museum/GB 1990

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Paintings, textiles and manuscripts from the Dunhuang Cave in Western China. With more than 150 color and 75 b/w illustrations. For Art Historians and anybody who is interested in early Chinese Buddhism. **
 WILSON, Martin In Praise of Tara. Songs of the Saviouress, 487 pp, Wisdom Publ./USA 1996
 

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Sadhanas, songs and stories about one of the most important female Buddhist deities: Green Tara. A collection of various texts with excellent comments by Martin Wilson. With glossary and bibliography. For all followers and practitioners of the Tara-Path highly recommended.
- Vajrayana / Mahayana / mainly Gelugpa
***
 YESHE, Lama Thubten Introduction to Tantra. A Vision of Totality, 173 pp, Wisdom Publ./USA 1989
 

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A collection of lectures on purity, desire, pleasure, heart opening, mind, inspiration, entering the Tantric path, arising as a deity, given by beloved teacher Lama Thubten Yeshe. Easy to follow. Also for the beginner. 
- Vajrayana / Gelugpa
***
 YESHE, Lama Thubten The Bliss of Inner Fire, Heart Practice of the Six Yogas of Naropa, 224 pp, Wisdom Publ./USA 1998

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A commentary on the renowned Six Yogas of Naropa, based on a commenting text of Gelugpa founder Thongkhapa ('Having the Three Convictions'). Main emphasis on the practice of inner fire (Tummo). For the Tantric student.
- Vajrayana / Gelugpa
**
 YESHE, Lama Thubten The Tantric Path of Purification. The Yoga Method of Heruka Vajrasattva (including complete retreat instructions), 311 pp, Wisdom Publ./USA 1994
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For Tantric and initiated practitioners of the purification practice, using the Heruka-Vajrasattva deity yoga. With detailed retreat instruction, a brief commentary on the sadhana and the Heruka Vajrasattva tsok.  For the advanced student easy to understand.
- Vajrayana / Gelugpa
**
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