Eminent Nuns - Women Chan Masters of Seventeenth-Century China ― by Beata Grant
An important perspective on female monasticism in China, and the contribution of Buddhist nuns to the history of Chinese women's writing.
The Life of Shabkar - Autobiography of a Tibetan Yogin by Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangdrol
The King of Wash-granting Jewels That Fulfills the Hopes of All Fortunate Disciples Who Seek Liberation.
The detailed narration of the life and liberation of the great vajra-holder Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangdrol, refuge and protector for all sentient beings of this dark age.
The Great Kagyu Masters - The Golden Lineage Treasury — translated by Konchog Gyaltsen
This important and very readable volume tells the extraordinary tales of the greatest teachers of the Kagyu the lineage.
Masters of Meditation and Miracles - Lives of the Great Buddhist Masters of India and Tibet — by Tulku Thondup
The Longchen Nyingthig Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. This book presents colorful biographies of thirty-five realized teachers whose lives were full of peace, enlightenment, and amazing miracles.
Timeless Rapture - Inspired Verse of the Shangpa Masters — by Jamgon Kongtrul
This book offers a rare glimpse into the mysticism of the Shangpa Kagyu lineage - a tradition based mainly on the profound teaching of two women.
Buddha's Lions - The Lives of the Eighty-Four Siddhas — by Abhayadatta
Life stories of eighty-four Tantric masters who achieved the highest results of the Vajrayana. Excellent introduction to the Vajrayana and a good resource for the study of Tibetan.
Masters of Mahamudra - Songs and Histories of the Eighty-Four Buddhist Siddhas — by Keith Dowman
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.