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Ascertaining Certainty About the View
Ascertaining Certainty About the View
By: Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche
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A detailed line by line commentary by Khenpo Tsultrim on the seventh chapter of Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye's Treasury of Knowledge which covers seven points on gaining  certainty of the correct view. It is explained from the perspective of the different Buddhist schools. Included are Jamgon Kongtrul's root verses of the text and his commentary along with several songs by Khenpo Tsultrim and Jetsun Milarepa on the views and approaches of the schools.
Aspiration of Kuntu Zangpo
Aspiration of Kuntu Zangpo
By: Tai Situ Rinpoche
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The aspiration of Kuntu Zangpo, the prayer of the Primordial Buddha, is one of the deepest and most profound Buddhist texts. It is also a prayer of aspiration on the path of awakening to the true nature of reality. It expresses the different forms in which primordial awareness appears and helps us to understand that it is only our clouded understanding that makes things appear as other than they really are.

 Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpas line by line teaching is based on the commentary by the 15th Gyalwa Karmapa.

Aspiration Prayer of Mahamudra
By: Tai Situ Rinpoche / Rangjung Dorje
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" The essence and pith of the Lord Buddha's teachings is Mahamudra, which is the jewel of contemplative practice and the profound instruction of the Kagyu lineage. The Third Karmapa's influence and benefit to the Kagyu Lineage is incalculable and one of the many profound texts he composed is the Aspiration Prayer of Mahamudra, which arose from his own realisation. The prayer contains the entire path and view of Mahamudra, and its depth and beauty is unveiled in this line by line commentary."
Aspirational Prayer for Mahamudra
Aspirational Prayer for Mahamudra
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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The Third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje wrote a commonly recited vajra song or doha expressing his understanding of Mahamudra meditation and the path which leads to it.
This spiritual song consists of twenty-five verses and in this book is a translation of the verses along with a verse-by-verse commentary by Thrangu Rinpoche. If one wants an excellent overview of the profound method of Mahamudra meditation, this book is a very good place to start.


Beautiful Song of Marpa the Translator
By: Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche
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Khenpo Tsultrim gives a clear explanation of the clear light nature of mind in connection with the buddha nature inherent in all beings. He also explains how to meditate on the clear light, how to develop compassion, the practice of tonglen (giving and taking) and some very poignant advice on taking adverse conditions to the path.
Buddhist Conduct: The Ten Virtuous Actions
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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This book is an extensive examination of how Buddhists of all traditions should conduct themselves as well as guidelines for determining if an action will lead to a positive or negative karmic result.
Cho: The Garden of All Joy & Generosity of the Body
By: Ven. Tenga Rinpoche
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Lord Buddha turned the wheel of dharma three times, with the second turning revealing the true nature of all things, Prajnaparamita, of which Chö is a means to practice and realize this.
The teachings on true nature were what the great siddhas of India practiced and passed on through their different traditions. The supreme Tibetan female master and saint Machik Lapdron, prophesized by the Buddha as an emanation of the Great Mother Prajnaparamita, received these transmissions from many siddhas and formulated them into what we know as Chö, which means to “cut” or “severe.” What is cut is ego grasping, the root of our suffering, through the realization of our true nature, which is the essence of all the Buddha’s teachings.
This is a detailed commentary on the practice of Chö which includes detailed drawings of the practice and offerings and the complete sadhana in Tibetan and English.
Distinguishing Dharma and Dharmata, Commentary on Treatise of Maitreya
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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Distinguishing Dharma and Dharmata is a text that is very brief and direct in its presentation and is included within the class of oral instructions. It is a work which clearly portrays the character of nothing less than non-conceptual original wisdom, the point of utmost profundity within the Mahayana.

With regard to meditation, there are the particular traditions, views and practices of Mahamudra and Dzogchen, the basis of which are the teachings of the Buddha and the commentaries or shastras on those by the great masters. In order to achieve the high view of Mahamudra or Dzogchen we need to cut our doubts, hinderances and aberrations, which is accomplished by listening to and contemplating the Mahayana dharma.
Dorje Chang Thungma, Tai Situpa Rinpoche
Dorje Chang Thungma
By: Tai Situpa Rinpoche
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This prayer was written by Benkar Jampal Zangpo and somewhat represents the teachings and the gurus of the Dagpo Kagyu. This prayer can be divided roughly into two parts: to whom you are praying and; the essence of the prayer, which includes verses on turning the mind away from samsara, devotion and aspiration, non-distraction and insight meditation. The second half of the book is a teaching on the guru-disciple relationship, which covers the importance of a guru, four types of guru, the qualities of a guru. There is also a very good question and answer session.
Essential Teachings of Gampopa
Essential Teachings of Gampopa
By: Tai Situ Rinpoche
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Gampopa's teachings can be summarized into four ways or particulars of
how a practitioner gradually progresses, as well as what it really takes
for a dharma practitioner who has the aspiration to really become a
successful dharma practitioner and get closer to realization. This is
known as Dhakpo cho jye, which means something like four dharmas of
Gampopa or four teachings of Gampopa. The first teaching is our mind
turns towards the dharma, the second, our dharma practice is without
obstacle, then the third, the path, the practice of dharma is to clear
delusion or illusion. Then the last or conclusion of the four teachings
is delusion dawns as wisdom.
Five Buddha Families and the Eight Consciousnesses
Five Buddha Families and the Eight Consciousnesses
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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Thrangu Rinpoche has often taught the transformation of our confused mind, which is full of delusion and defilements, into enlightened mind.
Here he describes the confused mind in terms of the eight consciousnesses, which are the five sensory consciousnesses, the mental consciousness, the afflicted consciousness ( which gives us our sense of "I" and "me") and the alaya or storehouse consciousness. These are described and then Rinpoche describes how these are transformed into the five wisdoms of the five Buddha families. Included is a chart of the five Buddha families listing characteristics of each includig their related skandha, klesha, chakra and colour.
Jewels of Light Vol.1:
Jewels of Light Vol.1: A Collection of Teachings by Karma Kagyu Scholars
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Volume one of the Jewels of Light contains transcripts of seven seminars by five renowned scholars of the Karma Kagyu Lineage. Each one provides a clear instruction on developing compassion and loving kindness towards all sentient beings. Although lacking poetic eloquence, this is the first volume in the collection of five volumes that consist of teachings for reference and study that we hope will help Buddhist practitioners progressively accomplish benevolence and thus contribute to peace in the world.

Volume one commences with the fundamental teaching by Choje Lama Phuntsok on the four preliminary contemplations to correctly practice mind training. Secondly are his teachings on the actual practice of Lojong, "mind training," then followed by his remarkable instructions on entering the path of Tantrayana. The fourth wonderful teaching in this volume is on the three principal aspects of the path that were kindly presented by Drupon Khenpo Lodro Namgyal. Fifth is the teaching on the wheel of conditioned existence in the context of the Four Noble Truths that every disciple of Buddhism should know and reflect on and that was generously offered by Khenpo Karma Namgyal. Sixth is a modern presentation by Acharya Lama Kelzang Wangdi on dealing with stress through mindfulness meditation practices according to the Satipatthana-Sutta. Seventh is a teaching on The Short Dorje Chang Lineage Prayer which is paramount to disciples of the Karma Kagyu Lineage and that was kindly presented by Acharya Lama Sonam Rabgye.
Life and Teachings of Gampopa
Life and Teachings of Gampopa (including the Four Dharmas)
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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To read spiritual biographies of the Kagyu lineage masters is a great inspiration to enter the path and also provides encouragement and enthusiasm to continue when circumstances become difficult. The spiritual biography of Gampopa, covered in the first half of this book, is a very good example of avoiding the extremes in practice and of showing how we should correctly practice.

Gampopa was the main disciple of Milarepa and one of the founders and shining jewels of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism from which originate the four greater and eight lesser schools.

Besides writing the Jewel Ornament of Liberation, Gampopa distilled the Buddhist path into four short lines or truths, called dharmas. These lines became known as the "Four Dharmas of Gampopa." The second half of this book translates these four lines along with a detailed commentary on each by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche.
Life of the Buddha
Life of the Buddha and the Four Noble Truths
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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This book begins with a brief description of the twelve major events in the Buddha's life. The next section covers the first discourse that the Buddha gave after reaching enlightenment which outlines the Buddhist path. This is the Four Noble Truths.

The Buddha taught that the universal experience of beings is that of dissatisfaction and suffering. He further taught that the way to end this suffering is not found outside ourselves, but by examining our mind through meditation to discover the root of this suffering.

Mahamudra: EMAHO - How Amazing
Mahamudra: EMAHO - How Amazing
By: His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche
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There is a formal, precise sequence of contemplations and practices within all of the four major lineages of Vajrayana Buddhism, usually referred to as the graduated path.

Although it has different names in each lineage - Lam rim, Path and Fruition, Words of my Perfect Teacher, and The Jewel Ornament of Liberation, this path incorporates the same sequence. All the paths begin with the contemplation on the four thoughts that turn the mind, then bodhichitta, then the meditation on the yidam deity, then a meditation on devotion to the guru, then the ultimate truth, Mahamudra, and finally the dedication.

These five elements constitute the Five-fold Path of Mahamudra by Lord Jigten Sumgon, which is the root text for this extensive commentary by His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche. This is an eloquent, clear and systematic explanation of the path, covering not only the essentials, but also providing wide ranging and contemporary examples and exposition. For example, karma, the kayas, the six perfections, sleep yoga, the bardo and the benefits of yidam practice are some of the topics beautifully and clearly explained.

There is also a comprehensive commentary on the Ganges Mahamudra, which is the advice given to Naropa by the MahasiddhaTilopa.

Mahamudra: EMAHO - How Amazing, His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche, Zhysil Chokyi, Paperback, 2011, 135 Pages, $20.00

The book also benefits from the friendly and accessible vocabulary of Ina Bieler, the translator, and thus provides a valuable and authentic resource for both the beginning and the more mature student of Vajrayana Buddhism.
Nectar of Dharma,  Volume Four
Nectar of Dharma: The Sacred Advice, Volume Four
Tai Situ Rinpoche
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One of the greatest contributors to Buddhism was the first Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, who in the nineteenth century, along with Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa, were the heart of a Buddhist renaissance that revived the dying lineages of Buddhism. Jamgon Kongtrul gathered together all these lineage transmissions and teachings into what is known as The Five Treasures of Jamgon Kongtrul: 1. The Treasury of Hidden Treasure Teachings (Rinchen Terzod), a collection of all the termas; 2. The Treasury of Kagyu Mantra Teachings (Kagyu Ngakzod), a collection of all the tantras, practices and empowerments of the Kagyu lineage; 3. The Treasury of Spiritual Instructions (Dam Ngakzod), a collection of all the essential teachings, practices, tantras and sacred instructions of the eight lineages of Vajrayana Buddhism; 4. The Treasury of Vast Teachings (Gyachen Kardzo), the collected writings of Jamgon Kongtrul; 5. The Treasury of All-Encompassing Knowledge (Sheja Kunkhyap Dzo), a collection of his writings on the ten traditional fields of knowledge.
Praises & Prostrations to the Twenty-one Taras
By: Tai Situ Rinpoche
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Born from a tear drop of Chenrezig, and a vow to be a mother to serve all sentient beings until they reach Buddhahood, the female bodhisattva Green Tara is one of the most well known and practiced figures in Tibetan Buddhism.

The twenty-one manifestations of Green Tara each represent a certain aspect of sentient beings' fear and suffering in order that people can pray and honour Tara for protection and liberation from different fears. While Tara's relative blessing is protection from fear and suffering the ultimate blessing is to become Tara.
Written by Buddha Vairochana, a very well known and well-practiced Tara praise is the 'Praises and Prostrations to the Twenty-one Taras'. Contained herein is a detailed commentary on this by Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa. Rinpoche goes through each of the twenty-one Taras, describing how each appears and what fears they protect from.
Primordial Essence Manifests
Primordial Essence Manifests
By: Tai Situ Rinpoche
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Teachings on the six bardos and the book 'Bardo Thodrol', commonly translated as 'The Tibetan Book of the Dead' by Padmasambhava. The book includes teachings on the five strengths.
Shangpa Kagyu Teachings
Shangpa Kagyu Teachings
Tai Situ Rinpoche
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One of the greatest contributors to Buddhism was the first Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, who in the nineteenth century, along with Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa, were the heart of a Buddhist renaissance that revived the dying lineages of Buddhism. Jamgon Kongtrul gathered together all these lineage transmissions and teachings into what is known as The Five Treasures of Jamgon Kongtrul: 1. The Treasury of Hidden Treasure Teachings (Rinchen Terzod), a collection of all the termas; 2. The Treasury of Kagyu Mantra Teachings (Kagyu Ngakzod), a collection of all the tantras, practices and empowerments of the Kagyu lineage; 3. The Treasury of Spiritual Instructions (Dam Ngakzod), a collection of all the essential teachings, practices, tantras and sacred instructions of the eight lineages of Vajrayana Buddhism; 4. The Treasury of Vast Teachings (Gyachen Kardzo), the collected writings of Jamgon Kongtrul; 5. The Treasury of All-Encompassing Knowledge (Sheja Kunkhyap Dzo), a collection of his writings on the ten traditional fields of knowledge.
Teachings on the Practice of Meditation Thrangu Rinpoche
Teachings on the Practice of Meditation
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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The essence of the teachings of the Buddha, is practice. The reason we practice meditation is to attain happiness. This means happiness in both the short term and the long term.
The short-term benefits of meditation are more than merely peace of mind, because our physical health as well depends to a great extend upon our state of mind. The ultimate or long-term benefit of the practice of meditation is becoming free of all suffering, which means no longer compelled to experience the sufferings of birth, aging, sickness and death.
In this remarkable teaching Thrangu Rinpoche presents all the important aspects of Buddhist meditation in general and from the vajrayana perspective in particular. In it are covered motivation, posture, mental technique, consciousness and wisdom, as well as creation and completion stages and mahamudra