Introduction to the Middle Way — Chandrakirti's Madhyamakavatara
This work presents an adventure into the heart of Buddhist wisdom through the Madhyamika, or Middle Way - teachings, which are designed to take the ordinary intellect to the limit of its powers and then show that there is more.
The Practice of Mahamudra — The Teachings of His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche
Explanation of the five stages of Mahamudra. Probably the clearest presentation of Mahamudra meditation practice available in English.
The Mahamudra - Eliminating the Darkness of Ignorance — by 9th Karmapa Wangchug Dorje
One of the most famous expositions of the Mahamudra meditational system concerning the true nature of mind. Accompanying the root text is a commentary given orally by Beru Khyentze Rinpoche, based on the teachings of his guru - His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa.
Women of Wisdom — by Tsultrim Allione
This book explores and celebrates the spiritual potential of all women, as exemplified by the lives of six Tibetan female mystics. These stories of great women who have achieved full illumination, overcoming cultural prejudices and a host of other problems which male practitioners do not encounter, offer a wealth of inspiration to everyone on the spiritual path.
Buddhism for Beginners — by Thubten Chodron
This user’s guide to Buddhist basics takes the most commonly asked questions - beginning with "What is the essence of the Buddha's teachings?" - and provides simple answers in plain English. This is an ideal first book on the subject for anyone, but it's also a wonderful resource for seasoned students.
The Life of Gampopa — by Jampa Mackenzie Stewart - introduced by Lobsang P. Lhalungpa
Here is the first complete life story of Gampopa - foremost disciple of Milarepa and a forefather of the Kagyu lineages. Compiled from numerous Tibetan biographies, this comprehensive and inspiring rendition highlights the extraordinary details of Gampopa's meditative experiences and presents direct insights into the practice and realisation of Mahamudra.
The Jewel Ornament of Liberation - The Wish-Fulfilling Gem of the Noble Teachings — by Gampopa · translated by Konchog Gyaltsen
A masterwork of Tibetan Buddhism. This text has provided the backbone of study particularly in the Kagyu tradition – covering the initial entry into the path and continuing through finding a spiritual master, teachings on impermanence, karma, bodhicitta, Buddha nature, six perfections, bodhisattva bhumis, Buddhahood and the activities of Buddha.
Penetrating Wisdom - The Aspiration of Samantabhadra — by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
This is a book of teachings on the Buddhist paths of Dzogchen and Tantra by an innovative Tibetan master who is both authoritative and modern. Basing himself on The Aspiration of Samantabhadra - a proclamation in the Buddhist tantras of the Buddha Samantabhadra - Ponlop Rinpoche illuminates the philosophy and meditation practices of Dzogchen.