Books

red taraPLEASE keep in mind that these books are very helpful and give information about dharma but that the traditional way teachings are given is through an oral lineage of teachings directly from teacher to disciple. So, though you can get information from books the way to practice and gain realization is only through the instructions of the teacher which are like the key to understanding and experience. Especially do not read books about esoteric practices involving deities, Dzogchen (great perfection), or Mahammudra without the oral transmission, and in the traditional manner in which these teachings are preceded by preliminary mind trainings and practice as well as empowerment.

Basic books that one can read without transmission (Note that this list is received from Kentrul Lodro Thaye Rinpoche with our deep gratitude).

Basic Dharma Books

  • Gates to Buddhist Practice By Chagdud Rinpoche, Padma Publishing
  • Change of Heart, Bodhisattva Peace Training of Chagdud Tulku By Lama Shenpen Drolma, Padma Publishing
  • A Hundred Verses of Advice By Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
  • This Precious Life By Khadro Rinpoche
  • The Thiry-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattava By Gyalse Togme, translated by Susanne Fairclough, Padma Publishing
  • The Twelve Links of Interdependent Origination By Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, from Ocean of Dharma Series, ISBN #1-877294-13-6
  • Buddhist Himalayas Photographs by Mathieu Ricard, Harry Abrams ISBN# 0-8109-34-89-2
  • Life in Relation to Death By Chagdud Rinpoche, Padma Publishing
  • Old Path White Clouds By Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Reflections on a Mountain Lake By Ani Tenzin Palmo
  • When Things Fall Apart By Pema Chodron
  • The Monk and the Philospher By Mathieu Ricard and Jean-Francois Revel

Dalai Lama Books
(Dalai Lama’s autobiography listed below in Life Stories and Examples of past Saints)

  • An Open Heart, Practicing Compassion in Every Day By the Dalai Lama
  • A Simple Path: Basic Buddhist Teachings by His Holiness the Dalai lama
  • How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life by the Dalai Lama
  • The Four Noble Truths: Fundamentals of the Buddhist Teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • Healing Anger, The Power of Patience from a Buddhist Perspective By the Dalai Lama,
  • The Path to Enlightenment by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • Ethics for the New Millenium by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Science, Psychology and Buddhism

  • The Universe in a Single Atom By the Dalai Lama
  • New Physics and Cosmology By the Dalai Lama, Mind and Life conference 1997
  • Destructive Emotions Conversations with the Dalai Lama, Mind and Life Conference 2000
  • Healing Emotions Conversations with the Dalai Lama, Mind and Life conference 1990
  • Visions of Compassion Conversations with the Dalai Lama, Mind and Life conference 1995
  • Conciousness at the Crossroads Conversations with the Dalai Lama, Mind and Life Conference 1989
  • Gentle Bridges Conversations with the Dalai Lama, Mind and Life Conference 1987
  • Sleeping, Dreaming, and Dying Conversations with the Dalai Lama, Mind and life Conference 1992
  • The Quantum and the Lotus By Mathieu Ricard

Life Stories and Examples of past Saints

  • Freedom In Exile: An Autobiography of the Dalai Lama By the Dalai Lama
  • The Life of Milarepa; a new translation from the Tibetan By Anonymous, translated by Lobsang P. Lhalungpa
  • Lord of the Dance: Autobiography of a Tibetan Lama By Chagdud Rinpoche
  • Women of Wisdom By Tsultrim Allione
  • Delog, Journey to Realms Beyond Death Delog Dawa Drolma by Padma Publishing
  • Blazing Splendor, Memoirs of Tulku Orgyan Rinpoche By Eric Pema Kunzang and Marcia Binder, Rangjung Yeshe Publications
  • Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems By Nyoshul Khenpo, translated by Richard Barron, by Padma Publishing
  • Journey To Enlightenment Photographs and narrative by Mathieu Ricard (about Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche)
  • Cave in the Snow By Vickie Mckenzie, RR Donelly and Sons Company
  • Autobiography of Jamgon Kongtrul Translated by Richard Barron
  • The Life of Marpa; Seeing Accomplishes All By Chogyam Trungpa

Historical Books and Linneage

  • The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism—Its fundamentals and History By Dudjom Rinpoche, translated by Gyurmed Dorje and Mathew Kaptsein Published by Wisdom
  • Masters of Meditation and Miracles, The Longchen Nyinthig Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism By Tulku Dondup, Published by Shambhala