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.
Pointing Out the Great Way - The Stages of Meditation in the Mahamudra Tradition — by Daniel P. Brown
This book is a spiritual manual that describes the Tibetan Buddhist meditation known as mahamudra from the perspective of the 'gradual path'. Represents the needed alternative by integrating material from a variety of root texts and practical manuals.
Speech of Delight — Mipham's Commentary on Santaraksita's Ornament of the Middle Way
Treasured dearly as "The Eyes of Ju Mipham Rinpoche" - this commentary is a key element in the curriculum of many of the monastic colleges in Tibet and South Asia. Simultaneously direct and profound, it displays the hallmarks of Mipham's accomplished authorship.
Highest Yoga Tantra - An Introduction to the Esoteric Buddhism of Tibet — by Daniel Cozort
This extraordinary book clearly outlines and discusses the methods for transforming both body and mind through the highest forms of tantric practice.
Balancing the Mind - A Tibetan Buddhist Approach to Refining Attention — by B. Alan Wallace
This book explains the methods and experiences of Tibetan practitioners and compares these with investigations of consciousness by Western scientists and philosophers. Includes a translation of the classic discussion of methods for developing exceptionally high degrees of attentional stability and clarity by fifteenth-century Tibetan contemplative - Tsongkhapa.
Tsongkhapa's Final Exposition of Wisdom — by Jeffery Hopkins
This book presents the final exposition of special insight by Tsongkhapa on the object of negation and on the two truths. It brilliantly explicates ignorance and wisdom, explains relationship between dependent-arising and emptiness, shows how to meditate on emptiness, and explains what it means to view phenomena as like illusions.
The Bliss of Inner Fire - Heart Practice of the Six Yogas of Naropa — by Lama Yeshe
The author follows Je Tsongkhapa's (1357-1419 a.d.) text - Having the Three Convictions - and introduces the renowned Six Yogas of Naropa, focusing mainly on the first of these six - the practice of "inner fire".
Nagarjuna's In Praise of Dharmadhatu - with 3rd Karmapa's commentary
This book explores the scope, contents, and significance of Nagarjuna's scriptural legacy in India and Tibet, focusing primarily on the title work. It also provides an overview of the Third Karmapa's basic outlook, based on seven of his major texts. Very finely tuned synthesis of the two great traditions of Indian mahayana Buddhism - Madhyamaka and Yogacara.
Master of Wisdom - Writings of the Buddhist Master Nagarjuna
An excellent introduction to Madhyamika. This book contains two hymns of praise to the Buddha, two treatises on Shunyata, and two works that clarify the connection of analysis, meditation, and moral conduct. Includes Tibetan verses in transliteration and critical editions of extant Sanskrit.
The Great Secret of Mind - Special Instructions on the Nonduality of Dzogchen — by Tulku Pema Rigtsal, translated by Keith Dowman
Weaving in personal stories and everyday examples, Pema Rigtsal leads the reader to see that all phenomena are the spontaneous display of mind, a magical illusion, and yet there is something shining in the midst of experience that is naturally pure and spacious.