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Arya Dravida Vidyaraja: `Phags pa' gro ldin ba'i rig snags kyi rgyal po
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This text belonged to an obscure cult among the Indian Tantra practitioners. Arya Dravida Vidya-Raja is one of the new Tantra Texts of unique Nature having its Dharani in order to save the practitioners from the evils ahead. This book throws more light in application of the sono-efficacy of mantra syllables in Dharani. The collection and explanation of the Dharani-mantras in this volume constitute a valuable contribution to Tibetan studies.

Tibetan text with tr. into English and introduction
Aryadeva's Lamp that Integrates the Practices (Caryamelapakapradipa): The Gradual Path of Varjayana Buddhism According to the Esoteric Community Noble Tradition
By: Christian K. Wedemeyer
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Simultaneously exegetical and apologetic, the Lamp that Integrates the Practices is a systematic and comprehensive exposition of the most advanced yogas of the Esoteric Communion (Guhyasamaja) Tantra as espoused by the Noble Tradition, an influential school of interpretation within the Mahayoga traditions of Indian Buddhist esoterism.
As Long As Space Endures: Essays on the Kalacakra
As Long As Space Endures: Essays on the Kalacakra Tantra in Honor of the Dalai Lama
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The Kalachakra Tantra--Kalachakra means "wheel of time"--is a tradition of Buddhist theory and practice whose root text treats a fantastic expanse of knowledge ranging from observations of the cosmos to investigations of meditative states and vital bodily energies. In the Tibetan-speaking world, a public Kalachakra initiation remains the most sought-after eveny in the life of a devout Buddhist. The Fourteenth Dalai Lama has long had a strong connection with the Kalachakra Tantra and brought the initiation to the West in 1981, performing it in the U.S., Switzerland, Spain, and Australia. This volume has been created to celebrate his long involvement with the Kalachakra teachings.
Becoming Vajrasattva: The Tantric Path of Purification
Becoming Vajrasattva: The Tantric Path of Purification
By: Lama Yeshe
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The practice of purification is one of the most important solutions to life''s problems." -Lama Zopa Rinpoche Common to all four traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, the practice of Vajrasattva is used to purify obstacles to spiritual development, negative karma and illness. Lama Yeshe, the inspirational teacher who strongly influenced the development of Buddhism in the West, found that the practice of Vajrasattva brought dramatic results for his Western students. Becoming Vajrasattva, is a complete guide to this purification practice, providing instruction on the method, commentary on the traditional texts, and insight into tantra. Also included is an entire section of complete retreat instructions-required reading for anyone undertaking a meditation retreat in the Tibetan tradition.
Bliss of Inner Fire
Bliss of Inner Fire: Heart Practice of the Six Yogas of Naropa
By: Thubten Yeshe
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Following Je Tsongkhapa's ( 1357-1419 A.D.) text Having the Three Convictions, Lama Yeshe introduces the renowned Six Yogas of Naropa, focusing mainly on the first of these six, the practice of inner fire (tummo). Mastery of inner fire quickly brings the mind to its most refined and penetrating state-the experience of clear light, an extraordinarily powerful state of mind that is unequaled in its ability to directly realize ultimate reality.
Bolt of Lightning from the Blue
By: Martin Boord, tr.
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The vast commentary on Vajrakila that clearly defines the essential points
The Phur 'grel 'bum nag is a series of explanations from Padmasambhava, Vimalamitra and Shilamanju. It was created by the three Acarya in Nepal more than twelve-hundred years ago, during a concentrated religious retreat, and was transmitted to Yeshe Tsogyal. This remarkable encyclopedic text marks the beginning of the tantric Buddhist practice of the wrathful deity Vajrakila. It is the most important commentary to the rites of Kila.
Brilliant Illumination of the Lamp of the Five Stages (rim lnga rab ti sgal ba'i sgron me): Practical Instruction in the King of Tantras: The Glorious Esoteric Commnuity
by Tsong Khapa
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The present work is the cornerstone of our Jey Yabsey Sungbum Collection, a subset of our Treasury of the Buddhist Sciences series. Compromised of the collected work of Tsong Khapa Losang Drakpa (1357-1419) and His Spiritual Sons, Gyaltsap Darma Rinchen (1364-1432) and Khendrup Gelek Pelsang (1385-1438), this Collection is a voluminous set of independent Tibetan treatises and super commentaries, all based on the thousands of works contained in the Kangyur and Tengyur Collections.
Buddhist Tantras, Light on Indo-Tibetan Esoterism
By: Alex Wayman
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This book has been divided into four sections. Part One is an Introduction which places the position of the Buddhist Tantras within Mahayana Buddhism and recalls their early literary history, especially the Guhyasamajatantra. In Part Two the author discusses the foundations of the Buddhist Tantras. Part Three is devoted to Special Studies which are very rarely available to the general public, such as the nine orifices of the body and the Tantric teachings of the inner Zodiac; female energy and symbolism in the Buddhist Tantras; and the five-fold ritual symbolism of passion and Part Four is the Bibliographical Research which contains a correlation between the trantric portions of the Kanjur and the Tanjur.
Cakrasamvara Tantra (Sriherukabhidhana) Discourse of Sri Heruka
Cakrasamvara Tantra (Sriherukabhidhana) Discourse of Sri Heruka
By: David Gray
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A Study and Annotated Translation of the Cakrasamvara Tantra (Treasuries of the Buddhist Sciences). This is the first complete, critical English translation of the Cakrasamvara Tantra, also known as the Sriherukabhidhana and Laghusamvara. Composed in India during the eighth century, this text is a foundational scripture of one of the most important Indian Buddhist tantric traditions, as evidenced by the vast number of commentaries and ritual literature associated with it.


Cakrasamvara Tantra (The Discourse of Sri Heruka): Editions of the Sanskrit and Tibetan Texts
By: David B. Gray
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This is a companion volume to the author's study and translation of The Cakrasamvara Tantra (AIBS 2007). It includes an introductory essay on the textual history of the Cakrasamvara Tantra, a critical edition of the Sanskrit text, based upon available manuscripts, commentaries, and intertexts in the Buddhist explanatory tantras; a critical edition of the standard Prajakrti-Mardo revised Tibetan translation, based upon seven print redactions; a diplomatic edition of the Sumatikrti-Malgyo revised translation, as preserved in the Phug-brag manuscript Kangyur; and an edition of the extracanonical Sumatikrti-Mardo translation, based upon two surviving prints.

Please note: Sanskrit and Tibetan in Roman characters.
Chinese Hevajratantra
By: CH. Willemen
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The Hevajratantra, the well-known Anuttarayogatantra, about 'unsurpassed yoga', is a direct successor of the Tattvasamgraha, a Yogatantra. It was translated from Sanskrit into Chinese in the eleventh century. The Tibetan version dates from that same period. During the Yuan Dynasty in China (1279-1368), the Mongol emperor Qublai was initiated into this tradition.
Cloud of Nectar: The Life and Liberation of Nyagla Pema Dudul <br> By: Yeshe Dorje
Cloud of Nectar: The Life and Liberation of Nyagla Pema Dudul
By: Yeshe Dorje
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The Cloud of Nectar is Oriol Aguilar's annotated translation of the biography of Nyagla Pema Ddul, a 19th century master, terton, and well-known exponent of the practice and realization of Total Perfection (Dzogchen) written by Yeshe Dorje.

Collected Works of Chogyam Trungpa, Vol. 4
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Volume Four presents introductory writings on vajrayana tantric teachings, clearing up Western misconceptions about Buddhist tantra. It includes three full-length books,(Journey without Goal; The Lion's Roar; The Dawn of Tantraand a 1976 interview in which Chogyam Trungpa offers penetrating comments on the challenging of bringing the vajrayana teachings to America.
Collected Works of Dilgo Khyentse
Collected Works of Dilgo Khyentse, Volume 2
By: Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
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This three-volume set presents the collected works in English of one of the great luminaries of Tibetan Buddhism in our time, published to mark his centennial celebration. A complete exposition of the stages of the Buddhist path is presented through Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoches commentaries on the root texts of classic Tibetan masters including Patrul Rinpoche, Jigme Lingpa, Shechen Gyaltsab, and Mipham Rinpoche.
Concealed Essence of the Hevajra Tantra
By: Farrow
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Book The origins of the tantric Buddhist -Wisdom and Means method exposed in the Hevajra Tantra can be traced to the views found in the 1 st century A.D. Madhymaka works of Nagarjuna and the works of other Mahayana schools as well as through the tenets of the later, 6th-7th century A.D. Yoga tantra tradition. The method of the Hevajra Tantra was especially evolved from the views on the tantric Buddhist method found in the Guhya Samaja Tantra, the Manjusri Mulakalpa, the Tattva Samgraha and other Yoga tantra works.
Creation and Completion
Creation and Completion
By Jamgon Kongtrul & Thrangu Rinpoche
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Creation and Completion is a unique guide to the practice of Tibetan Buddhist tantra. Drawing on experiential explanations from two great masters, it is both concise and thorough, both authoritative and clear. In the creation stage of tantra, practitioners visualize themselves in the form of buddhas and other enlightened beings. This meditation practice prepares the mind for engaging in the completion stage, where one comes face to face with the ultimate nature of mind and reality.
Creative Symbols of Tantric Buddhism
By: Sangharakshita
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Tantric Buddhism is concerned with the direct experience of who we are and what we can become. Its sole aim is to help us realize our potential for profound wisdom and unbounded compassion by transforming the energy locked in by old habits, fears, and narrow views. For the Tantra this experience cannot be mediated by concepts; it is beyond words and thought, beyond the everyday mind and personality. But it can be evoked with the help of symbols.
Creative Vision and Inner Reality <br> By: Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye
Creative Vision and Inner Reality
By: Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye
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Written in verse by the amazing nineteenth century realized master and profound scholar Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye at the age of twenty-seven, this book offers advice based on his own experiential understanding of these two basic methods of Tibetan Buddhist tantric meditation.

Crystal and the Way of Light
Crystal and the Way of Light: Sutra, Tantra and Dzogchen
By: Namkhai Norbu, Chogyal
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Chogyal Namkhai Norbu examines the spiritual path from the viewpoint of Dzogchen. He interweaves his life story with Dzogchen teachings, making them accessible through his living example. He discusses his education and how he met his principal master who showed him the real meaning of "direct introduction to Dzogchen."
Cult of Tara: Magic and Ritual in Tibet
By: Beyer
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Going beyond the irreducibly Tibetan flavor that pervades this material, Beyer’s presentation propels the reader over the “ocean of Tantra” in the direction of a more general theory of religious ritual, within whose confines the socio-dynamics of magic and mysticism, the history and philosophy of religion, epistemology, psychology, and semiotics all play important roles.
Cult of Tara: Magic and Ritual in Tibet
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Magic and Ritual in Tibet

Going beond the irreducibly Tibetan flavor that pervades this material, Beyer's presentation propels the reader over the "ocean of Tantra" in the direction of a more general theory of religious ritual, within whose confines the socio-dynamics of magic and mysticism, the history and philosophy of religion, epistemology, psychology, and semiotics all play important roles.



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Dalai Lama's Secret Temple
By: Dalai Lama, Ian Baker
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Tantric Wall Paintings From Tibet
This book introduces an extraordinary series of paintings on the walls of the Lukhang, the Dalai Lamas private meditation chamber in Tibet. The spiritual practices illustrated in these murals belong to the highest level of Buddhist Tantra and, in particular, to Dzogchen, the teachings of the "Great Perfection."
Dalai Lamas on Tantra
By: Glenn H. Mullin
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Over the past five hundred years the Dalai Lamas have contributed works of vital importance to the library of tantric literature. Glenn Mullin, a translator and scholar of Tibetan texts and acknowledged authority on the Dalai Lamas, has collected many of these writings here for the first time. His introduction situates the tantric tradition within overall Buddhist practice. The sweeping survey by the Thirteenth Dalai Lama which follows treats all the principal Tibetan Buddhist tantric systems found in all four categories of tantras.
Dancing Tara: A Manual of Practice, How to Live the Dream
Dancing Tara: A Manual of Practice, How to Live the Dream
By: Prema Dasara
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In 1986, Prema Dasara created the Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara. The traditional Tibetan prayer used in this dance offering is a practice of personal transformation. In this book, Prema elaborates on the meaning behind the movements and texts of the dance. She explains the philosophy that lays the groundwork of the practice.
Dawn of Tantra
Dawn of Tantra
By: Guenther / Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
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Westerners wanting to know about tantra - particularly the Buddhist tantra of Tibet - have often had to work with speculation and fancy. In The Dawn of Tantra the reader meets a Tibetan meditation mastre and a Western scholar whose grasp of Buddhist tantra is real and unquestionable. In their collaboration - based on a seminar given in Berkeley, California - Herbert V.
Deity Yoga
By: Dalai Lama / Tsong-Ka-pa
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Deity Yoga describes the profound process of meditation in Action and Performance Tantras. It is a invaluable book for anyone who is practicing or interested in Buddhist tantra.
Deity, Mantra, and Wisdom: Development Stage Meditation in Tibetan Buddhist Tantra
By: Jigme Lingpa, Patrul Rinpoche, and Getse Mahapandita
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Deity, Mantra, and Wisdom contains four of the most cherished Tibetan Buddhist commentaries on the practices of visualization, mantra recitation, and meditative absorption. These three elements form the core of development stage meditation, one of the most important practices of Buddhist Tantra. The authors of these timeless classics--Jigme Lingpa, Patrul Rinpoche, and Getse Mahapandita--have all profoundly shaped Tibetan Buddhism with their vast scholarship and deep spiritual realization. In these eloquent and inspiring writings, they explain the fundamental philosophy of the development stage, showing not only its profound insights into the nature of reality, but also how to make this view a living experience through the practice of meditation.
Double Mirror
By: Butterfield, Steven T.
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A Skeptical Journey into Buddhist Tantra
The Aim of the Buddhist path is to free ourselves from the confusion of the ego. Tibetan tantric, or Vajrayana, Buddhism seeks to accelerate this process through practices that bring about a total involvement of body, speech, and mind. Vajrayana Buddhism has in recent history taken root strongly in the West, carrying with it the imprint of Tibetan sociopolitical and cultural elements.
Encyclopaedia of Buddhism : A World Faith (Kalachakra Tantra), Vol. XX
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A Significant element in Tantrism, one of the basic components Mahayana Buddhism, is "Kalachakra" or the "Wheel of Time". Tantraraja is an important work on Kalchakra. The Sanskrit title of the book is "Paramadibuddodhhrita Sri Kalchakra name tantraraja". Tantraraja is an essential work on Tabntrism, the origin of the concept of the "Kalcharka" wheel of time, is said to be supernatural and mysterious.
Encyclopedia of Buddhist Tantra, Vol. 1
By: Santideva Sadhu ed.
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The text guides the reader towards a greater understanding of the secrets, explaining various important and key facets in language simple enough for a general reader to understand the mystery of Buddhist Tantras and clear enough for a student to provoke him to further research on the subject.
This is probably the first and the only such Encyclop'dia available on Buddhist Tantra and will be welcomed by all classes of readersùgeneral, researches, teachers, and students alike. It will particularly be interesting for the western readers as it provides him an opportunity to get important information on this branch of Buddhist philosophy at one place
Encyclopedia of Buddhist Tantra, Vol. 2
By: Santideva Sadhu ed.
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The text guides the reader towards a greater understanding of the secrets, explaining various important and key facets in language simple enough for a general reader to understand the mystery of Buddhist Tantras and clear enough for a student to provoke him to further research on the subject.
This is probably the first and the only such Encyclop'dia available on Buddhist Tantra and will be welcomed by all classes of readersùgeneral, researches, teachers, and students alike. It will particularly be interesting for the western readers as it provides him an opportunity to get important information on this branch of Buddhist philosophy at one place
Encyclopedia of Buddhist Tantra, Vol. 3
By: Santideva Sadhu ed.
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The text guides the reader towards a greater understanding of the secrets, explaining various important and key facets in language simple enough for a general reader to understand the mystery of Buddhist Tantras and clear enough for a student to provoke him to further research on the subject.
This is probably the first and the only such Encyclop'dia available on Buddhist Tantra and will be welcomed by all classes of readersùgeneral, researches, teachers, and students alike. It will particularly be interesting for the western readers as it provides him an opportunity to get important information on this branch of Buddhist philosophy at one place
Encyclopedia of Buddhist Tantra, Vol. 4
By: Santideva Sadhu ed.
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The text guides the reader towards a greater understanding of the secrets, explaining various important and key facets in language simple enough for a general reader to understand the mystery of Buddhist Tantras and clear enough for a student to provoke him to further research on the subject.
This is probably the first and the only such Encyclop'dia available on Buddhist Tantra and will be welcomed by all classes of readersùgeneral, researches, teachers, and students alike. It will particularly be interesting for the western readers as it provides him an opportunity to get important information on this branch of Buddhist philosophy at one place
Encyclopedia of Buddhist Tantra, Vol. 5
By: Santideva Sadhu ed.
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The text guides the reader towards a greater understanding of the secrets, explaining various important and key facets in language simple enough for a general reader to understand the mystery of Buddhist Tantras and clear enough for a student to provoke him to further research on the subject.
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Esoteric Mudras of Japan
Esoteric Mudras of Japan
By: Gauri Devi
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Mudras or postures of the hands have been central to the iconography and ritual of the esoteric Mantrayana and Vajrayana denominations of the Tantras. They accompany the mantras in rites, so that the verbal plane of the mantras and physical plane of the mudras harmonise to interiorise the cosmic and spiritual forces. They lend efficacy and transcendance to the processes of realisation or Sadhana.
Four Dharmas of Gampopa
By: Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
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[...] The Four Dharmas of Gampopa is an important set of teachings that were made available to us by Lord Gampopa. These teachings cover essential topics of the hinayana, mahayana, and vajrayana, and have been taught and studied extensively since his time. [...] excerpt from page 1. Gampopa taught vastly, covering almost all of athe subjects from the vinaya, sutrayana, abhidharma, mahayana, and tantrayana. The collection of his teachings we will now study, is known as the Four Dharmas of Gampopa.
From Ogress to Godess Hariti, A Buddhist Deity <br>By: Madhurika K. Maheshwari
From Ogress to Godess Hariti, A Buddhist Deity
By: Madhurika K. Maheshwari
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From Ogress to Godess Hariti, A Buddhist Deity
By: Madhurika K. Maheshwari
From the Heart of Chenrezig: Dalai Lamas on Tantra
From the Heart of Chenrezig: The Dalai Lamas on Tantra
By: Glenn H. Mullin
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Over the past five hundred years the Dalai Lamas have contributed works of vital importance to the library of tantric literature. Glenn Mullin, a translator and scholar of Tibetan texts and acknowledged authority on the Dalai Lamas, has collected many of these writings here for the first time. His introduction situates the tantric tradition within overall Buddhist practice. The sweeping survey by the Thirteenth Dalai Lama which follows treats all the principal Tibetan Buddhist tantric systems found in all four categories of tantras.
Generation Stage in Buddhist Tantra
Generation Stage in Buddhist Tantra
By: Gyatrul Rinpoche
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This book offers an exceptionally clear and accessible presentation of the generation stage practices of deity yoga. Gyatrul Rinpoche explains the state of mind to be established at the beginning of the practice session, the details of the visualization sequences, the three types of offerings and proper mantra recitation, as well as mudras, tormas and malas. Practitioners from all lineages of Tibetan Buddhism will find that these teachings enhance their understanding of sadhana practice. Rinpoche's detailed explanations make it possible to practice these meditations as they were intended and as they were practiced in Tibet and ancient Tibet.

Guide to the Deities of the Tantra
By: Vessantara
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A Guide to the Deities of the Tantra is a fascinating insight into a subject that has captivated the imagination of many but remains mysterious and exotic to all but a few. Tantric deities? Who are they and what do they do?

This volume focuses on the deities whose mantra recitation and colorful visualizations lie at the heart of the Tantra. We meet goddesses of wisdom, the prince of purity, the lotus-born guru Padmasambhava, and dakinis- wild-haired women who dance in the flames of freedom. All of them, peaceful and wrathful alike, urge the reader to break through to wisdom, pointing out the true nature of reality with uncompromising vigor.

Devoid of pop culture misperceptions, this guide is a window into the sometimes mysterious world of Buddhist Tantra. Vessantara explores the key characteristics of the Tantra in this magical fusion of the practical and the imaginative-giving us a direct insight in into the poetry and the power of the Tantra.

Guru Puja
By: First Panchen Lama
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Within the Tantra tradition, reliance upon and devotion to one's Guru are of paramount importance - without them progress on the path to Enlightenment cannot be made. Thus, Guru Yoga is the foundation of Mahayana tantric practice, and gives vitality to the serious practitioner's meditation. This fifth reprint of The Guru Puja and The Hundred Deities of the Land of Joy provides the student with two essential prayers for such practice, and the juxtaposition of the Tibetan transliteration and English translation of these prayers is intended to facilitate their use by non-Tibetan Buddhist practitioners.


Guru Puja, First Panchen Lama, LTWA, Paperback, 57 pages, $5.00
Healing Power of Mantra: The Wisdom of Tibetan Healing Science
By: Drungtso, Tsering Thakchoe
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This book provides a fascinating insight into Tibetan Medicine and Introduces the reader to a little known area of spiritual practice and healing. Never before has this subject been published in such comprehensive detail. This book has the potential to profoundly transform your world-view. The writer discusses where destructive emotions come from, how the human mind is shaped and how theses impulses can be transformed. According to Tibetan medicine, illness is viewed as an imbalance not only within the physical body but also within the spiritual body. The author emphasizes the power of healing achieved through the means of meditation, breathing exercises, prayer and the chanting of mantras. The implications of the many Mind-Body researches found in this book creates a new awareness of how we can positively impact our own personal health, both on a physical and spiritual level. In this book, Dr. Drungtso offers readers a clear understanding of authentic Tantra and appropriate guidance on how to create wholeness in Mind, Body and Spirit and the attainment of higher consciousness.
Hevajra and Lam Bras Literature of India and Tibet as Seen Through the Eyes of A-Mes-Zhab
Hevajra and Lam Bras Literature of India and Tibet as Seen Through the Eyes of A-Mes-Zhab
By: Jan-Ulrich Sobisch
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The Hevajra Tantras and teachings of the 'Path with Its Fruit' (lam 'bras) that originated in India have been central practices of Tibetan tantric Buddhism for a millenium. The Tibetans translated eight Hevajra transmissions with their tantras, commentaries, rituals, and instructions and authored countless scriptures in the context of the tantra and the 'Path with Its Fruit' that originated with the Indian Mahasiddha Virupa. Drawing on title lists (dkar chag), colophones, and commentaries authored between the 11th and 17th centuries, the author attempts a reconstruction of the Indian and Tibetan corpora of these transmissions, its literary history and relations to one another.
Hevajra Tantra: A Critical Study
Hevajra Tantra: A Critical Study
By: Snellgrove
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In this groundbreaking work, the author presents us with a full translation of, and commentary on, the Hevajra tantra, providing not only deep insight into arguably the most important surviving tantric Buddhist text but also placing the entire corpus of such works into a more accurate context.
Snellgrove presents the Hevajra tantra, and tantric texts of this class, not as a degenerate product of a faith at the time in terminal decline in India "as has often been claimed by puritanical scholars" but rather as a wholly legitimate expression of esoteric ritual and meditative practice developed as a natural evolution within the madhyamika tradition.
While based primarily on Nepalese manuscript editions of the text, Snellgrove makes extensive reference to the Tibetan translation as well as to extant Indian commentaries. The first half of the work comprises an introduction and the actual translation with detailed annotations, while the second consists of the Romanized original Sanskrit and Tibetan texts and an extensive glossary.
Highest Yoga Tantra
Highest Yoga Tantra: An Introduction to the Esoteric Buddhism of Tibet
By: Daniel Cozort
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This presentation of the stages of Highest Yoga Tantra is based on a famous Tibetan text by the yogi/scholar Nga-wang-bel-den entitled Presentation of the Grounds and Paths of the Four Great Secret Tantra Sets, and oral commentary by the former Ganden Tri Rinpochay, H.H. Jambel Shenpen.

Part One discusses the practices common to sutra and tantra.

Part Two presents the generation stage of Highest Yoga Tantra.

Part Three covers the entirety of the completion stage yogas, i.e., physical isolation, verbal isolation, mental isolation, illusory body, clear light, and union.

Part Four compares the Kalachakra and Guhysamaja stages of completion.

Remarkable for its definitive clarity, this exposition of the stages of Highest Yoga Tantra is the first of its kind in the English language and a must for anyone interested in these highest tantras.
In Praise of Tara
In Praise of Tara: Songs of Saviouress
By: Wilson, Martin
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Songs of Saviouress. This collection includes a history of the origin of the Tara Tantra, canonical and practice texts, and lyrical praises.
Indian Esoteric Buddhism: A Social History of the Tantric Movement
By: Ronald Davidson
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Despite the rapid spread of Buddhism -especially the esoteric system of Tantra, one of its most popular yet most misunderstood forms -the historical origins of Buddhist thought and practice remain obscure. This groundbreaking work describes the genesis of the Tantric movement in early medieval India, where it developed as a response to, and in some ways an example of, the feudalization of Indian society. Drawing on primary documents -many translated for the first time -from Sanskrit, Prakrit, Tibetan, Bengali, and Chinese, Ronald Davidson shows how changes in medieval Indian society, including economic and patronage crises, a decline in women´s participation, and the formation of large monastic orders, led to the rise of the esoteric tradition in India that became the model for Buddhist cultures in China, Tibet, and Japan.
Initial Practices of Vajrayogini
Initial Practices of Vajrayogini
Konchog Gyaltshen
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Who is Vajrayogini? She is the ultimate flowering of female energy that lies within all of us, a fully enlightened Buddha, essence of totality-beyond duality, beyond ego, fully controlled. Emphasizing wisdom, the yoga method of Vajrayogini trains us to identify with her divine qualities, leads us on the quickest path to enlightenment. Text includes short, middle, long sadhanas, instructions on how to enter into and abide in retreat, a tea offering, two tsog offering texts, hand offering practice as well as several color images. Three further volumes will follow: Fire Ritual of Vajrayogini includes Peaceful fire puja text, altar set up. Intermediate Practices of Vajrayogini includes long sadhana, self initiation, tsog, short self initiation text. Secret Advanced Practices of Vajrayogini includes instructions for great retreat, various great retreat fire pujas, sindhura, langali practice Contents: -List of Color Plates -Acknowledgments -Dedication -Introduction -A Short Practice of Venerable Vajrayogini -Middle-Length Sadhana of Vajrayogini -Nearing Path to Great Bliss: Uncommon Sadhana of Venerable Vajrayogini Naro Khacho -Vajrayogini Tsog Offering -Extremely Abbreviated Tsog Offering -Tea Offering to Vajrayogini -Vajrayogini Hand Offering Practice -Messenger Invoking Hundred Blessings of Vajra: How to Prepare for Vajrayogini Retreat -Two Commentaries by Pabongkha Dechen Nyingpa -How to perform Hand Gestures (Mudras) for Vajrayogini Practice -Pledge Substances of Highest Yoga Tantra -Bibliography, Resources Spiral bound-267 pages
Inner Kalacakratantra: A Buddhist Tantric View of the Individual
By: Vesna Wallace
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The Kalacakratantra, the latest and most comprehensive Buddhist Tantra available in its original Sanskrit, has never been the topic of a full scale scholarly study. This fascinating volume fills that gap, concentrating on the inner Kalackaratantra and discussing the nature of human beings.

Introduction to Buddhism and Tantric Meditation
By: Dalai Lama
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"Introduction to Buddhism" is intended for beginners interested in this subject. The first half is an excerpt from the Dalai Lama's book "My Land and My People." The section incorporated is the appendix entitled "An Outline of Buddhism in Tibet." Concise notes expounding the significance of the Refuge, the Law of Karma and its fruits, Trishiksha and Bodhichitta have been added.
Introduction to Buddhist Esoterism
By: Benoytosh Bhattacharyya
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In spite of the prevalent view against Tantricism and Tantric literature, Hindus in general are in the grip of this very Tantra in their daily life, customs and usages with all the attendant good and evil. The present work investigates and places before the scholars a dispassionate account of the Tantras in general and Buddhist Tantras in particular. The author traces its origin to primitive magic and its development. Narrating the rise of Vajrayana and its place of origin, along with the Tantras and Mantras Buddhism has given to the world, he records the accounts of prominent authors. Aims and objects, the leading tenets, the procedure for worship are elaborated together with a description of the Buddhist deities and its Pantheon. The influence of Buddhist Tantraicism on Hinduism is logically evaluated. Contains Index and illustrations.
Introduction to Tantra
Introduction to Tantra: The Transformation of Desire
By: Lama Yeshe
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Introduction to Tantra
A Vision of Totality
What is tantra? Who is qualified to practice it? How should it be practiced:? What are the results? According ro Buddhism, every human being has the potential to achieve profound and lasting happiness. And according to the tantric teachings of Buddhism, this remarkable transformation can be realized very quickly if we utilize all aspects of our human energy-especially the energy of our desires.
Introduction to the Buddhist Tantric Systems
Introduction to the Buddhist Tantric Systems
By: Lessing & Wayman
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The survey of Buddhist Tantras by Mkhas-grub-rje (1385-1438 A.D.) is a sample of the rich literature on this topic in the Tibetan language.  In accordance with Tson-kha-pa's tantric reform (the Gelugpa), after the theory about how Gautama Buddha became enlightened the author presents the non-tantric materials stipulated as preliminary for tantric study and practice.  He then sketches the Kriya, Carya, Yoga, and Anuttarayoga tantra divisions, showing the generation of self into deity and generation of deity in front, the remarkable meditations of dwelling in the flame and in the sound, numerous definitions of tantric terms, the rich correspondence system of the Yogatantra, the difference between 'Father Tantra' and "Mother Tantra', mandala ritual including the various kinds of 'initiation' or 'consecration'.  A severe contraction of ritual detail allows the Tibetan author room to go into the theory at each step, including the mysterious beings called samayasattva and jnanasattva, states of 'Bliss-Void', the four Voids including the Clear Light, and the three kinds of 'Evam'.  The translation was collaborated in the 1950s between F.D. Lessing and Alex Wayman at Berkeley, California.  After Lessing's death, Wayman annotated and published the text in 1968, and has provided a new introduction for the present reissue of this seminal treatise.  Lessing was the first professor to offer courses in the Tibetan language at an American University.
Introduction to the Kalachakra Initiation
Introduction to the Kalachakra Initiation
By: Alexander Berzin
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Kalachakra tantra practice overcomes the obstacles to spiritual development. Since 1970, the Dalai Lama and other great Tibetan masters have given the initiation to over 1.5 million people worldwide. Introduction to the Kalachakra Initiation expands oral teachings Alex Berzin gave during several Kalachakra initiations to deepen participants' experience before and after the initiation. He explains the tantric theory, vows, commitments, how to visualize, and the thoughts and feelings participants need to generate at each step of the empowerment. It presents the variations in the Kalachakra initiation for the four lineages of Tibetan Buddhism, and relates Kalachakra teachings to karma, astrology, Tibetan medicine, the fabled land of Shambhala, and world peace.

Journey into Consciousness
By: Breaux, Charles
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The Chakras, Tantra and Jungian Psychology
Each chapter includes a meditation practice employing Tibetan Tantric Deities and procedures. Although not a substitute for a genuine Tantric teacher, the book will enable readers to experience the Tantra through suggested meditation.
Journey Without a Goal, The Tantric Wisdom of the Buddha
By: Chogyam Trungpa
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Based on the author's talks at Naropa University, this volume introduces the reader to the principles of tantra, based on the practice of meditation, which leads to the discovery of egolessness.  Trungpa Rinpoche provides a direct and experiential picture of the tantric world, explaining the importance of self-existing energy, the mandala principle, differences between Buddhist and Hindu tantra -- stressing the nontheistic foundation of Buddhism.  The role of the teacher and the meaning of tantric transmission are also presented.  Written for the student of Buddhism rather than the scholar, Journey Without Goal demystifies the vajrayana and at the same time affirms the power and sacredness of its ancient teachings.
Kalacakratantra and the Tibetan Calendar
By: Edward Henning
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Kalacakra and The Tibetan Calendar describes the contents of current Tibetan almanacs, from basic mathematics to symbolic and historical information. Essential for understanding the Kalacakra Tantra's first chapter, this book describes the origin of the calendrical systems in this Tantra and translates and elucidates the relevant sections from its famous commentary, the Vimalaprabha. The main calendars in use in Tibet today have remained unchanged since the 15th century, when lamas i several different traditions tried to make sense of the calculation systems they had inherited from India, and to adjust them to remove increasingly obvious errors. This book analyzes the main systems that survive today, assessing their accuracy and comparing them with the methods described in the original Tantra.
Kalacakratantra: The Chapter on the Individual  together with the Vimalaprabha
Kalacakratantra: The Chapter on the Individual together with the Vimalaprabha
By: Vesna Wallace
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This is the first complete English translation of the fourth chapter of the esoteric Buddhist Kalacakratantra text, and its eleventh-century commentary, the Stainless Light (Vimalaprabha), often accorded pride of place as the first volume of the Tibetan Tanjur. This chapter describes in detail the Buddhist tantric practice of the stage of generation, including the instructions on the protection of the place of practice, the meditative practices of the origination of the body and the deities abiding in the body, the yogic practices of the stage of generation, and diverse mundane sadhanas designed to induce the mundane siddhis. The translation is supplemented with copious annotations and references to Tibetan commentaries and other esoteric Buddhist works. It also includes the first critical edition of the Mongolian version of the fourth chapter.
Kalachakra Tantra
Kalachakra Tantra
By: Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey
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The Kalachakra initiation has now been given in the
West on a number of occasions, yet authentic teachings of this ancient tradition remain rare. The present book is a commentary by Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey, which contains explanations and advice concerning the various commitments and initial practices peculiar to the Kalachakra system within the context of Highest Yoga Tantra and Mahayana Buddhism in general.
Kalachakra Tantra: Rite of Initiation
Kalachakra Tantra: Rite of Initiation
By: Dalai Lama
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Of the hundreds of Buddhist tantras, the Kalachakra is one of the most important. In Tibet-where these esoteric teachings have been practised purely for a thousand years-and now in the West, this tantra has come to be especially associated with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, one of the greatest Buddhist teachers alive today.
The Dalai Lama has given the initiation into the practice of Kalachakra a number of times, and this book is based on the first that he gave in the West, in Madison, USA in 1981. It presents the series of initiations that authorize practice of the first of the two stages involved in tantra-the stage of generation, in which the practitioners visualize themselves as an ideal being, a Buddha. The initiation ritual is translated and interspersed with commentary from the Dalai Lama.
In the first part of the book the Dalai Lama's translator, Professor Jeffrey Hopkins, explains the tantric techniques of deity yoga and how it is possible, by practising them, to transform oneself into a Buddha. He discusses the importance of having an altruistic motivation for practising these techniques, and includes the marvellous stanzas of Tok-may-sang-bo, The Thirty-seven Practices of a Bodhisattva. He describes the Kalachakra mandala and how it relates to the initiation, discusses the procedure of the initiation itself, recounts in brief the lives of the authors, both the Dalai Lama and Kay-drup, and outlines a short history of the Kalachakra Tantra.
Also included are three versions of the Six-Session Yoga, the rites for daily practice.
This is the first time that a tantric initiation ritual has been explained in detail and published in a Western language. The special techniques for transforming body, speech and mind into completely altruistic expression are presented for the benefit of not only those who intend, after taking the initiation, to practise these techniques, but also for those who want to learn about this remarkable system of spiritual practice.
Karma Chakme's Mountain Dharma, Volume One
By: Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
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Karma Chakme's Mountain Dharma as taught by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche at KTD from 1999 to 2003. Five-volume set. Translations by Lama Yeshe Gyamtso and Chojor Radha. His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa (Rangjung Rikpe Dorje, 1923-1981) indicated that it was his wish that Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche present Karma Chakme's Mountain Dharma to Western students. In accordance with this wish, Khenpo Rinpoche began teaching this text in the Year of the Earth Rabbit, February 1999, at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, the North American seat of His Holiness, located in Woodstock, New York.
Karma Chakme's Mountain Dharma, Volume Three As Taught by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
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Volume Three opens with concise bardo teachings as well as instructions on benefiting people in the bardo state. The book continues with instructions and advice for the practitioner including protecting oneself from potential threats with loving-kindness and compassion; purifying obscurations through invoking wisdom deities; learning the signs that arise during practice; recognizing when your practice gets off track and eradicating the causes; utilizing methods to develop one’s practice; and bringing the five mental afflictions (desire, anger, ignorance, jealousy, and pride) to the path.
Kilaya Nirvana Tantra and the Vajra Wrath Tantra: Two Texts from the Ancient Tantra Collection
Kilaya Nirvana Tantra and the Vajra Wrath Tantra: Two Texts from the Ancient Tantra Collection
By: Cathy Cantwell, Robert Mayer
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The (rNying ma'i rgyud 'bum) contains many of the oldest examples of Tantric literature in Tibetan. It also contains many of the most important examples of Buddhist Tantric literature surviving in any language. Its contribution to Tibetan religion and culture over the last 1,200 years has been incalculable, and remains undiminished today. Yet, like most manuscript traditions of such great antiquity, centuries of accumulated scribal corruption have reduced them in a great many cases to near incomprehensibility, even for the most learned Tibetan lamas.
Lama Chopa: The Guru Puja
Lama Chopa: The Guru Puja
Composed by Panchen Lozang Chkyi Gyaltsen
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Lama Chopa is a practice of guru devotion special to the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. In the Gelugpa tradition, there are many guru yoga sadhanas, but Lama Chopa is the most popular and sacred text. A special practice of Je Tsongkhapa (1357-1419), the founder of the Gelugpa School, Lama Chopa was compiled by the first Panchen Lama, Panchen Lozang Chokyi Gyaltsen (1570-1662), who was the teacher of the fifth Dalai Lama (1617-1682). Lama Chopa became so popular in Tibet and Mongolia that almost every monk of the Gelugpa tradition had it memorized, and recited it on a daily basis, both in the temple as a group practice, and individually. Lama Ch pa is considered to be an Anuttarayoga Tantra or Highest Yoga Tantra practice. As indicated by the opening words, "Arising within the sphere of great bliss, I manifest as a Guru Yidam," it contains the idea of personal transformation through the practitioner merging his or her mind with the guru as the meditational deity. The essence of the practice is to see the guru as an Enlightened Being, a Buddha, and to receive his or her blessings in return. This new translation by Rob Preece, with a preface by HH the Dalai Lama's official translator and a foreword by Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, contains all the traditional melodies and sacred hand gestures required to perform the prayer in its traditional form.
Lamp to Illuminate the Five Stages: Teachings on Guhyasamaja Tantra
Lamp to Illuminate the Five Stages: Teachings on Guhyasamaja Tantra
By: Tsongkhapa, Gavin Kilty (Translator)
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Tsongkhapa's Lamp is one of the most comprehensive and detailed presentations of the highest yoga class of Vajrayana Buddhism, especially the key practices in the advanced phase of Guyhasamaja tantra. Tsongkhapa draws extensively from Indian sources, especially the writings of Nagarjuna, Aryadeva, Candrakirti, and Naropa, to systematize this quintessential practice of Buddhist esoterism. Traditionally the work belongs to a class of hidden texts that are to be read only by those who have received initiations. Of the two stages of generation and completion, this volume focuses on the latter stage. In the generation stage, meditators visualize the Buddha in the form of the deity Guhyasamaja residing in a mandala palace. In the completion stage, meditators transcend ordinary consciousness and actualize the state of a buddha themselves. In tantra, this is achieved through manipulation of a subtle physiology of internal winds, or prana, and the channels they run through, and the highest realization occurs when the wind energies dissolve in the central channel at the heart chakra. For on the winds ride the consciousness, like a rider on a horse, and this dissolution initiates a dissolution of ordinary conceptuality and the dawning of the intrinsic nature of the mind, which is empty and luminous. Other topics, such as the Buddhist understanding of the process of death and dying, the intermediate state of existence, and rebirth, as well as complex theories of human psychology such as the scope and dynamic of the emotions, dream states, and near-death experiencesare also addressed in detail in this work. This work was Tsongkhapa's last major composition, completed in 1419, the year of his death.
Life and Teaching of Naropa
Life and Teaching of Naropa
By: Guenther, Herbert V., tr.
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Translated from the Original Tibetan with Philosophical Commentary Based on the Oral Transmission

In the history of Tibetan Buddhism, the eleventh-century Indian mystic Naropa occupies and unusual position, for his life and teachings mark both the end of a long tradition and the beginning of a new and rich era in Buddhist thought. Naropa's biography , translated by the world-renowned Buddhist scholar Herbert V. Guenther from hitherto unknown sources, describes with great psychological insight the spiritual development of this scholar-saint. It is unique in that it also contains a detailed analysis of his teaching that has been authoritative for the whole of Tantric Buddhism.
Lion's Roar
Lion's Roar: An Introduction to Tantra
By: Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
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An Introduction to Tantra. This book is based on two historic seminars of the 1970s, in which Chogyam Trungpa introduced the tantric teachings of Tibetan Buddhism to his Western students for the first time.
Luminous Essence
Luminous Essence: A Guide to the Guhyagarbha Tantra
By: Jamgon Mipham
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Luminous Essence is a complete introduction to the world of tantric thought and practice. Composed by the renowned Tibetan master Jamgon Mipham (1846-1912), the text provides an overview of the theory and experiential assimilation of a seminal tantric scripture, the Tantra of the Secret Essence (Guhyagarbha Tantra). Embodying the essence of tantric practice, this text has been a central scripture in Tibetan Buddhism for well over a thousand years.

Mipham's explanation of this text, here translated for the first time, is one of the most celebrated commentaries on the Tantra of the Secret Essence, which today occupies an important place in the tantric curriculum of Tibetan monastic colleges. Luminous Essence is a specialized guide meant for initiated tantric practitioners. To fully appreciate and assimilate its message, it should be studied under the guidance of a qualified teacher by those who have received the appropriate empowerments, reading transmissions, and oral instructions.
Maha Vairocana Abhisambodhi Tantra
By: Hodge, Stephen, Tr.
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With Buddhaguhya's Commentary

During the last thirty years there has been a revolution in the understanding and appreciation of the Buddhist tantras in the West. [...] This new interest in the Buddhist tantras still has many limitations and unfortunately a detailed description of the development of tantric thought and practices is far from being complete. [...]
Making Sense of Tantric Buddhism
Making Sense of Tantric Buddhism: History, Semiology, and Transgression in the Indian Traditions
By: Christian K. Wedemeyer
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Christian K. Wedemeyer's systematic investigation into Buddhist Tantric traditions fundamentally rethinks the nature of its transgressive theories and practices and situates them firmly within larger trends in learned Indian culture. Challenging the notion that such phenomena are "marginal" or primitive, Wedemeyer demonstrates these antinomian "rituals of rebellion" were integrally related, ideologically and institutionally, both within the Buddhist mainstream and Indian culture.

Revisiting various interpretations of esoteric Buddhism from the early-nineteenth century to the present, Wedemeyer demonstrates the fallacies of attributing Tantric transgression to either the passions of lusty monks, primitive tribal rites, or slavish imitation of Indian Saiva traditions. He likewise interrogates the narratives that depict Tantrism as a degenerate form of Buddhism, as a primal religious undercurrent, or as medieval ritualism, exposing these as stock patterns in the European historical imagination. Surveying indigenous Buddhist accounts of the history of their traditions, he reveals the lived world of Tantric Buddhism as largely continuous with the Indian religious mainstream and deploys contemporary methods of semiotic and structural analysis to make sense of its seemingly repellent and immoral injunctions. Conducting the first-ever semiological reading of the influential Guhyasamaja Tantra, Wedemeyer underscores the text's overriding concern with purity, pollution, and transcendent insight -- issues that are shared by all Indic religions. He also conducts a large-scale, quantitative study of Tantric literature, showing the radical antinomianism that has been taken generically as Tantric "practice" ( carya) is instead a rarefied and highly managed ritual observance restricted to a sacerdotal elite. These insights into Tantric scripture and ritual enable a better appreciation of the continuities between South Asian Tantrism and broader currents in Indian religion, and Wedemeyer successfully illustrates how thoroughly these "radical" communities were integrated into the intellectual, institutional, and social structures of South Asian Buddhism.


Christian K. Wedemeyer, Columbia University Press, Hardcover, 2012, 310 Pages, $50.00
Marvelous Primordial State: The Mejung Tantra, a Fundamental Scripture of Dzogchen Semde <br> Trans by: Elio Guarisco, Adriano Clemente and Jim Valby
Marvelous Primordial State: The Mejung Tantra, a Fundamental Scripture of Dzogchen Semde
Trans by: Elio Guarisco, Adriano Clemente and Jim Valby
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The Marvellous Primordial State (rDzog pa chen po byang chub kyi sems rmad du byung ba) is a profoundly important root text of Dzogchen semde (Mind Series).

Meditation on Vajrabhairava
Meditation on Vajrabhairava
By: Sharpa Tulku / Guard, tr.
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In response to increasing interest in the study and practice of Highest Yoga Tantra, many highly qualified Tibetan Lamas have given teachings and initiations into the mandalas of Highest Yoga tantric deities throughout the world. They strongly emphasize that the best way to make these teachings meaningful is to put them into practice through meditation. This retreat manual is presented here in order to enable people to do these meditations, as well as to dispel misconceptions about tantric practices.
This important deity Vajrabhairava, with its five unique features is widely acclaimed as a crucial practice for our degenerate times. Therefore, those who have trained in the common paths and received the initiation of Vajrabhairava should be encouraged to do the retreat of this deity as often as possible and wherever possible, and to integrate this retreat practice into ordinary life. For this purpose, these instructions, given by Kyabje Phabongkha (1878-1941) to a cabinet minister in the Tibetan government in order to facilitate his practice in the midst of his pressing governmental duties, seems highly relevant to the busy lives of Dharma practitioners in these times.
In order to make the retreat practice complete, an extensive sadhana of the Solitary Hero Vajrabhairava is included here, as well as other relevant materials for the accomplishment of the retreat. The texts have been clearly presented in English so that people with the necessary qualifications may understand the procedures of this practice to achieve the supreme goal.
Meditations on the Lower Tantras
Meditations on the Lower Tantras
By: Dalai Lamas 2,5,7,13th
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A Stairway for Ascending to Tusita Buddha-field
This work entitled "Meditations on the Lower Tantras" from the collected works of the II. V, VII & XIII Dalai Lamas makes no attempt to deal with the philosophical aspects of the Lower Tantras. Rather, its aim is simply to present a range of meditation manuals from the first stage of these systems. It should be noted here that most practitioners of the Higher Tantras also practice the Lower Tantras either from time to time or as a lifetime daily meditational endeavor. The First Dalai Lama, for example, a renowned practitioner of the Kalachakra Tantra, was even more famous for his applications to the Tara and Amitayus systems. Almost every Tibetan Yogi today practices a daily sadhana of one or more of the Lower Tantra deities dealt with within the covers of this work.
Opening the Wisdom Door of the Outer Tantras
Opening the Wisdom Door of the Outer Tantras: Refining Awareness Through Ascetic Ritual and Purification Practice
By: Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche
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According to the Outer Tantras, one's own awarenessknown as "self-suchness"is ultimately beyond all the aggregates, beyond conceptuality, and beyond self-identity. It is free from all dualistic notions. This is the basis of visualizing oneself as the deity. If we don't maintain such a view in our practice of the tantras, we are simply imagining ourselves to be putting on the ornaments, or facade, of the deity. In other words, we are holding on to our sense of self as well as our strong emotions and limited conceptions. This means our practice is not really coming along. By harmonizing our practice of all the precious Dharma teachings, rather than focusing on their differences, the Outer Tantra techniques will activate and ignite our visualization and meditation practice of the Inner Tantras.
 
The Samten Chima, or Grand Samadhi Tantra, is among the most important of all the Outer Tantras in general and the Kriya Tantras in particular. It is called "grand" because it describes in detail exact instructions on how to practice with mantras according to the Secret Vajrayana. When we study, contemplate, and meditate on these teachings, we should always recognize that what we are discussing does not just apply to Kriyatantrait also applies to Upatantra, Yogatantra, and each of the Inner Tantras. Since the Samten Chima includes pith instructions on all the tantra teachings, it establishes the foundation of both the Outer and Inner Tantras.
Origin of the Tara Tantra
By: Jonang Taranatha
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"Origin of Tara Tantra" by Taranatha, one of the most accomplished scholars of the unorthodox Jo-nan sect, strings together from various fragmentary sources a mine of legends and episodes in the origin and diffusion of Tara's tantra.
Translated by David Templeman, this work is supplemented with voluminous notes, an excellent appendix and a comprehensive bibliography for the serious reader. Similar in style to the author's "bkah.babs.bdun.ldan" (1600), this work heralded Taranatha's major historic work "History of Buddhism in India written four years later in 1608.
"Origin of Tara Tantra," though dependent on legends and largely anecdotal, has nevertheless about it a strong feeling of historic time and provides an important and accurate account of the lineages of the Siddhas who worshipped Tara and passed on her Upadesas, revelations and Tantra, besides giving a background to the masters of the Tibetan Siddhas who grew from India's rich tantric soil.
Ornament of Stainless Light
Ornament of Stainless Light: An Exposition of the Kalachakra Tantra
By: Khedrup Norsang Gyatso
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The Kalacakra, or "wheel of time," tantra likely entered Indian Mahayana Buddhism around the tenth century. In expounding the root tantra, the Indian master Pundarika, one of the legendary Kalki kings of the land of Shambhala, wrote his influential Stainless Light. Ornament of Stainless Light is an authoritative Tibetan exposition of this important text, composed in the fifteenth century by Khedrup Norsang Gyatso, tutor to the Second Dalai Lama.
One of the central projects of Kalacakra literature is a detailed correlation between the human body and the external universe. In working out this complex correspondence, the Kalacakra texts present an amazingly detailed theory of cosmology and astronomy, especially about the movements of the various celestial bodies. The Kalacakra tantra is also a highly complex system of Buddhist theory and practice that employs vital bodily energies, deep meditative mental states, and a penetrative focus on subtle points within the body's key energy conduits known as channels. Ornament of Stainless Light addresses all these topics, elaborating on the external universe, the inner world of the individual, the Kalacakra initiation rites, and the tantric stages of generation and completion, all in a highly readable English translation.

The first published work of the new Library of Tibetan Classics series, initiated and coordinated by renowned translator Geshe Thupten Jinpa, is Ornament of Stainless Light by Khedrup Norsang Gyatso (d. 1513), a commentary on the Kalachakra root text, the Vimalaprabha. His Holiness the Dalai Lama himself selected this text for inclusion in the Library of Tibetan Classics series. Gavin Kilty's translation is scholarly and practical, his lucid introduction demonstrating his excellent grasp of the subject matter. Whether you are a Kalachakra practitioner, a student of Tibetan Buddhism, or interested in science from a new angle, this book is worthy of study.
Overview of Buddhist Tantra
By: Panchen Sonam Dragpa
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General Presentation of the Classes of Tantra, Captivating the Minds of the Fortunate Ones
The "Overview of Buddhist Tantra" is a scholarly exposition of the framework of Tantric practice presented by its author, Panchen Sonam Dragpa, in a methodical and accessible manner.
Pacifying Burning Offering Ritual of Vajrayogini
Pacifying Burning Offering Ritual of Vajrayogini
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, with audio course by Kathleen McDonald
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The practice of Vajrayogini, there are three aspects: empowerment, approximation, activity. Upon receiving four empowerments, a disciple of Vajrayogini is invested with the permission and transmission of energy from ones guru to engage in Vajrayogini's path of practice. The seeds of four buddha-bodies have been planted in the disciples mental continuum to eventually ripen into the actual enlightened bodies of Vajrayogini  perhaps even in this lifetime! One then engages in nearing retreat of enabling action, practicing generation, completion stages of Vajrayogini. Thus coming nearer to attainment of Vajrayogini's enlightenment itself. Upon completion of nearing retreat the disciple performs pacifying burning offering. The purpose of purifying what was missing, extra or mistakenly done during nearing retreat. Completing nearing retreat of Vajrayogini, disciple is able to go on to engage in Vajrayoginis extensive activities such as self-initiation and so on. Second volume of FPMT's Vajrayogini practice series, all instructions, practice materials for performing Vajrayogini's pacifying burning offering are provided for those who have completed the mantra recitations of Vajrayoginis nearing retreat for enabling actions. Contents: -Dedication -Introduction -About Burning Offering Rituals Gathering, Preparing Substances, Implements -How to Construct a Fire Offering Hearth -How to Draw Vajrayogini Fire Offering Mandala Design -Arranging Offerings, Materials on Day of Burning Offering -Fulfilling Wish for Attainments -Subsequent Activities -Supplementary Text on Requesting, Purifying, Blessing Site -Using Astrology to Determine Location of Sage Fire Deity -How to Perform Hand Gestures (Mudras) for Burning Offering Ritual -Stencils for Drawing Burning Offering Hearth -Pledge Substances of Highest Yoga Tantra Bibliography,
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Pluvial Nectar of Blessings
By the Fifth Dalai Lama
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The prayer is a supplication to Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava written in thirty-four quatrain verses including a colophon. The verses use a mixture of Buddhist terminology combined with Tibetan historical reference to create what is a virtual petition for the welfare of the Tibetan nation during the seventeenth century. Padmasambhava was a great champion in the cultivation of the Buddhist Dharma in the land of snows and this text gives a tropology of both the sutra and tantra formats utilized by the Lotus Born Guru and the Great Fifth Dalai Lama (1617 - 1682) to convey these teachings.
Practice of the Kalachakra
Practice of the Kalachakra
By: Mullin, Glenn
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The Kalachakra spiritual legacy is a vital and central part of Tibetan Buddhism. Presented here is a detailed and practical overview of this unique spiritual path. In Part One, the author discusses the tantric path to enlightenment, by drawing on the writings of great scholar-practitioners of the past. He describes the sutrayana and vajrayana paths, outlines the four classes of tantras, compares the Kalachakra generation and completion stage yogas to those of the mainstream tantras and details the unique Kalachakra methods for attaining enlightenment in this lifetime. Part Two contains translations of seven texts for the practice of Kalachakra, including a sadhana selected by the Dalai Lama for this book. Glenn Mullin's perspective and very readable discussion of the theory and practice of this profound tantric system is an excellent addition the literature on this subject.
Preparing for Tantra: Creating the Psychological Ground for Practice
Preparing for Tantra: Creating the Psychological Ground for Practice
By: Rob Preece
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It is now very common for people in the West to receive empowerments into extraordinary and complex tantric practices. However, to embark upon them without having first prepared the ground may have a number of negative consequences. Our psychological and energetic maturity simply may not have been developed sufficiently to bring out the real potential of the practice.

In Preparing for Tantra, Rob Preece draws on his experience as a Tantric Buddhist practitioner, meditation teacher, and psychotherapist to show how to make the preliminary practices psychologically meaningful and spiritually transformative. These preliminaries are an extraordinarily rich collection of practices, and he examines them with an eye to revealing how they may be used to heal and transform psychological trauma, offering practical suggestions for integrating them into one's daily life.
Preparing for Tantra
Preparing for Tantra: The Mountain of Blessings
By: Tsongkapa
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The Mountain of Blessings
A concise manual on how to prepare oneself to enter theThe Mountain of Blessings A concise manual on how to prepare oneself to enter the secret paths of Buddhism written by the greatest master of ancient Middle Asia.
Presentation of Instructions for the Development Stage Deity: A Stairway Leading to Akanishthaby Jigmey Lingpa
Presentation of Instructions for the Development Stage Deity: A Stairway Leading to Akanishtha by Jigmey Lingpa
By: Tony Duff
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The Root Volumes of Longchen Nyingthig Great Completion contains specific texts for the various topics that need to be covered during the transmission of the teaching. One of them is a text by Jigmey Lingpa that gives a complete set of instructions on Development Stage practice, that is, the practice of visualizing a deity.  The text, which is one of the core texts of the Longchen Nyingthig transmission of Great Completion, provides an extensive level of instruction in deity practice using a ground, path, and fruition presentation of the subject.
Principles of Buddhist Tantra
Principles of Buddhist Tantra
By: Kirti Tsenshap Rinpoche
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Before his death a few years ago, Kirti Tsenshap Rinpoche was a renowned teacher of Tibetan Buddhism who traveled widely. Revered as a teacher by even the Dalai Lama, he was known especially as a master of Buddhist tantra, and the teachings in this book are a singular record of his deep learning in that field. Originally delivered in California to a group of Western students, these teachings comment on a 19th-century introduction to tantra by the Mongolian lama Losang Palden. Rinpoche explains the distinctive features of the four classes of tantra  action tantra, performance tantra, yoga tantra, and highest yoga tantra  by describing the way one progresses through their paths and levels. Finally, he gives a special treatment of the unique methods of Kalachakra tantra.
Principles of Buddhist Tantra: A Discourse on Cittavisuddhi-prakarana of Aryadeva
By: Mathew Varghese
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This work is a textual based discourse on the Cittavisuddhi-prakarana of Aryadeva, a seminal text which describes the principle and philosophy of Buddhist Tantra. The dispute on the question of Tantric meditative practices having any philosophical foundation or whether those practices have been introduced into the ethico-religious praxis of various religious traditions as a later introduction is a continuing discussion. In this work, it is trying to prove that the introduction of Tantra into Madhyamika philosophy is a natural development and it is proved beyond doubt by reviewing an important work in the Buddhist tradition written by Aryadeva, the Cittavisuddhi-prakarana. The unique dialectical method introduced and used by the Madhyamikas to interpret their philosophy and the conception of sunyata is the guiding principle in this regard. Madhyamika envisages that the conception of sunyata can be interpreted as the proper understanding of the insubstantial nature of object of the world (dharma-nairatmya) and the insubstantial nature of the subjective self which perceives such objects of the world (pudgala-nairatmya). The dialectics advanced by the Madhyamika is efficient in deconstructing the substantiality of the phenomenal world of objects, but that is effectively possible only after reconstructing the notion of a substantive self using Tantric spiritual practices. The sunyata as the conception of dharma-nairatmya is achieved through reconstructing the substantive notion of the phenomenal world using dialectics, while it as the conception of pudgala-nairatmya is achieved using Tantric spiritual practices.
The Path of Individual Liberation
Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma: The Tantric Path of Indestructible Wakefulness
By: Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
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The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma represents meditation master Chgyam Trungpas greatest contribution to Western Buddhism. This three-volume collection presents in lively, relevant language the comprehensive teachings of the Tibetan Buddhist path of the hinayana, mahayana, and vajrayana. This work will resonate with new students of Buddhism as well as the most senior students.


The third volume, The Tantric Path of Indestructible Wakefulness, presents the vajrayana teachings of the tantric path. The vajrayana, or diamond vehicle, also referred to as tantra, draws upon and extends the teachings of the hinayana and mahayana. As with the hinayana and the mahayana, the formal acceptance into the vajrayana is marked by a vow, in this case the samaya vow. There is an emphasis at this stage on the student-teacher relationship and on the quality of devotion. Generally, students must complete preliminary practices, called ngndro, to prepare themselves for initiation into the vajrayana path before going further. Having done so, they then receive the appropriate empowerments to begin tantric practices. There are empowerment ceremonies of many kinds, called abhishekas. The vajrayana includes both form practices, such as visualizations and sadhanas (ritual liturgies), and formless practices based on allowing the mind to rest naturally in its inherent clarity and emptiness. Although on the surface, there is much greater complexity in tantric practices, the principles of mindfulness and awareness and the cultivation of compassion and skillful action continue to be of central importance.

The tantric path requires complete engagement and fierce dedication. It is said to be a more rapid path, but it is also more dangerous. There is a quality of directness, abruptness, and wholeheartedness. Tantrikas, or vajrayana practitioners, recognize that the most challenging aspects of life, the energies and play of confused emotions and frightening obstacles, can be worked with as gateways to freedom and realization.

Other topics covered in detail in this volume include the four reminders, the mandala principle, mahamudra, atiyoga, and more.
Psychology of Buddhist Tantra
Psychology of Buddhist Tantra
By: Rob Preece
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This book is unique in the way in which it explains the rich iconography of Tibetan Buddhism in relation to spiritual psychology and the exploration of our inner world. It is a door into the rich and profound symbolism of Tibetan sacred art. The author uses concepts from Western psychotherapy to bridge an understanding of the meaning and functions of these symbols.
Pure Appearance Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
Pure Appearance, Restricted
By: Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
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Roll Of Thunder From The Void: Vajrakila texts of the Northern Treasures Tradition
Roll Of Thunder From The Void: Vajrakila texts of the Northern Treasures Tradition Volume Two
By: Martin Boord
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This important collection of teachings from the Northern Treasures Vajrakila cycle includes liturgical practice texts (sadhana) from the original treasure revelations, together with explanatory notes and commentaries by the 17th century master Padma 'phrin-las on how to take these practices into a closed retreat and employ them for the highest benefit of oneself and all living beings.  Having become empowered in the mandala of Vajrakila by a master guru, trainees may use the skillful esoteric techniques, described herein, in order to develop a profound experiential certainty of the true nature of reality.  These texts are manuals, designed to be studied by disciplined individuals who wish to train themselves in skillful altruism.  They are traditional methods for overcoming the instincts of egoistic self-interest, allowing the mind to become focused on the general welfare of the world, so that beneficial changes of great social value may be brought about in both thought and behaviour.

Painstakingly researched and annotated, this volume includes English translations of eight important texts, together with much of the original Tibetan.

Within the instructions for the preparation and protection of the retreat area are hitherto unpublished details of the means to suppress the various classes of afflicting demons (sri) that are potential causes of downfall for all tantric yogins.  This is an ancient and vital aspect of vajrayana ritual practice that has been much neglected until now.
Sacred Ground
Sacred Ground: Jamgon Kongtrul on Pilgrimage and Sacred Geography
By: Jamgon Kongtrul, Ngawang Zangpo, tr.
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"Sacred Ground" describes two journeys: a journey outward to specific pilgrimage places in Eastern Tibet; and a journey inward, to the sacred world of tantra, accessible through contemplation and meditation.
It sheds light on Himalayan Buddhists' concepts of sacred land, places of pilgrimage in tantric Buddhism, and how pilgrimage is undertaken. It enhances our appreciation of the world and its sacred aspect everywhere - first and foremost, wherever we sit now.

On the basis of a judicious choice of rare Tibetan texts, translated here for the first time, correlating inner and outer pilgrimage, this book is of considerable value to the Buddhist practitioner.

Secret of the Vajra World
Secret of the Vajra World: The Tantric Buddhism of Tibet
By: Ray, Reginald
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The Tantric Buddhism of Tibet
Enter into the colorful world of tantric Buddhism, with its unique visualizations, liturgies, initiations, and "inner yoga" as practiced in Tibet and conveyed by Tibetan masters teaching in the West. Using nontechnical language, engaging stories, and personal anecdotes, Reginald Ray demonstrates how the practice of tantra opens up an appreciation for ordinary life - the world of sensory experience, of pleasure and pain - as the place where ultimate revelation occurs. The book covers such topics as
- the tantric view of human nature and the external world
- the major dimensions of Vajrayana practice
- the preliminary practices that prepare the student for full initiation
- the special role of the guru, or tantric mentor
- the tradition of the tulku, or incarnate lama
- the practice of solitary retreat, the epitome of traditional Tibetan Buddhism
- the lore surrounding the death of ordinary people and of saints
Secret of the Vajra World is the companion volume to the author's earlier book, Indestructible Truth: The Living Spirituality of Tibetan Buddhism. While that book focuses on the history, cosmology, philosophy, and practice of the more public, exoteric side of Tibetan Buddhism, this work treats its lesser-known, esoteric and tantric aspects as they take shape in Vajrayana. Together, the two volumes provide a broad introduction to the major traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.
Self Initiation of Vajrabhairava
Self Initiation of Vajrabhairava
By: Sharpa Tulku & Guard, Richard, tr.
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The texts presented here are an intermediate length sadhana and a concise self-initiation ritual of the Solitary Hero Vajrabhairava. After receiving the Highest Yoga Tantra initiation of Vajrabhairava, and then completing the retreat of this deity, with the compensating ritual fire offering of peace, one is authorized to do the self-initiation. It is important to do the self-initiation in order to restore broken vows and tantric commitments. A sadhana must be done in conjunction with the self-initation. The concise nature of the self-initiation will enable many practitioners to do this practice more frequently.
Six-Session Guru Yoga
Six-Session Guru Yoga: An Oral Commentary with a Detailed Explanation of the Bodhisattva and Tantric Vows
Sermey Khensur Lobsang Tharchin
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This is a complete description of the six session guru yoga practice with extensive commentary. Refuge, bodhicitta, visualizing the field of merit, offerings and the bodhisattva, and tantric vows are presented and discussed for persons who have received a highest yoga tantra initiation from a qualified lama.
Splendid Presence of the Great Guhyagarbha
Splendid Presence of the Great Guhyagarbha: Opening the Wisdom Door of the King of All Tantras
By: Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche
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This sixth shedra book by the Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches includes extensive teachings on the foundational text of the Nyingma school and Inner Tantras. The Mula Guhyagarbha Tantra, or Root Tantra of the Secret Essence, explains that buddhahood does not come from outside ourselves. We are not practicing to create something that is currently absent but will emerge at a later time-instead, we are simply discovering the true nature as it is. Therefore, the teachings describe ourselves, others, and the entire universe as originally inseparable from the spontaneously inherent divine mandala. Appearance, sound, and awareness are already pure from the beginning. They are in the enlightened status right now. Since the Glorious Guhyagarbha lays out this profound view in great detail, it is known as the "King of All Tantras," the "peak of all yanas," the "source of all doctrinal schools," and the "universal explanation of all scriptures." It is the "final intention, thought, and realization of all buddhas," the "ultimate result of all yanas," the "great passage of all the Victorious Ones of the three times," and the "supreme highway of all yogis and yoginis." Together, these are known as the "Eight Greatnesses" of this tantra. Along the course of history, many great masters and practitioners have achieved full realization by engaging in the Secret Essence teachings. Today we are connecting with this very same path by studying, contemplating, and meditating on the nugget essence of the Dharma through these instructions. We are finally discovering the profound and mysterious secret that has been hidden from us for such a long time: the guhya garbha, or "secret essence," of the inherent nature of reality.
Sri-Cakrasamvara-Tantra
By: Samdup
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This book contains Tibetan texts on Cakrasamvara which were the first Buddhist tantric treatises to be translated or summarised from Tibetan into English. Since its appearance in 1919, it has dominated the study of Buddhist tantras in particular and of Tantric thought in general. It was translated by Kazi Dawasamdup with a forward by the leading authority of Tantrism Arthur Avalon. It has been out of print since half a century. The present reprint, with a preface by Lokesh Chandra, fills up a long felt lacuna. The Cakrasamvara belongs to the highly developed division of anuttara yoga tantras. It reveals the steps of Abhisambodhi wherein the three sunyas dissolve into one another. As the incomparable anuttara mantra path it embodies the system of highest philosophical thought of the Tantric tradition. Its mandala is one of the richest and most complex, with syncrestic tendencies of incorporating deities of the Hindu pantheon. The book deals with the philosophy, ritual, rights of empowerment (abhiseka), sadhana, and mandala of Samvara. The present work will be of use to the historian, philosopher, Buddhologist, art historian, Indologist as well as enlighten the general reader who wants to understand the mystical realization of the mandala, and the incessant process of emanation and re-absorption of manifestations into the meditative universes.
Sublime Path to Kechara: Vajrayogini's Eleven Yogas of Generation Stage Practice
Sublime Path to Kechara: Vajrayogini's Eleven Yogas of Generation Stage Practice
By: Sermey Khensur Lobsang Tharchin
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Oral instructions on the Highest Yoga Tantra practice of Vajrayogini. Based on Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche's extensive Vajrayogini sadhana entitled the Short Path to Great Bliss. Each section contains romanized Tibetan with an English translation and explanations of the entire Tibetan text. Detailed instructions are given for the meditations and visualizations in the eleven yogas of Vajrayogini's generation stage practice.

Note to the reader: If you would like to read this book and be able to understand it properly, it is important that you receive the Vajrayogini initiation from a qualified lama.
Supreme Source: The Kunjed Gyalpo
By: Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
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The Fundamental Tantra of Dzogchen Semde Kunjed Gyalpo
Dzogchen practice aims at reawakening the individual to the primordial state of enlightenment which is naturally found in all beings. The master introduces the student to his or her real nature, already perfected and enlightened, but it is only by recognizing this nature and remaining in this state of recognition in all daily activities that the student becomes a real Dzogchen practitioner. the direct path of self-liberation is very different from the other Buddhist paths of renunciation, peculiar to the sutras, and transformation, peculiar to the tantras. The Dzogchen practitioner is aware of the absolute clarity and purity of his or her own mind and, without trying to modify what is already perfect in itself, without striving to obtain from somewhere else the state of realization, remains always in the real nature of existence, the the supreme source of all phenomena. "Those who try to meditate and to realize this condition through effort are like a blind man chasing the sky."
Tantra in Tibet
Tantra in Tibet
By: Dalai Lama, Tsong-kapa
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This series is published under the auspices of the Dalai Lama and is unique in that each volume has been specially chosen by His Holiness as revealing a true oral tradition. Volumes in the series thus far include The Buddhism of Tibet, Tantra in Tibet and Deity Yoga.
Tantra in Tibet consists of three parts published under the auspices of the Dalai Lama:
Essence of Tantra by H.H. the Dalai Lama reveals the highly practical and compassionate use of this science of spiritual development. Contents include: tantra for practice, refuge, the three paths, greatness of mantra, clear light and initiation.
The Great Exposition of Secret Mantra-part 1 by Tsong-kapa, is one of the principle classic texts on tantra. It presents the main features common to all the Buddhist tantra systems as well as the differences between sutra and tantra. Contents include: paths to Buddhahood, vajra vehicle, deity yoga and method in the four tantras.
Supplement by Jeffrey Hopkins discusses the meaning of emptiness, transformation, and the purpose of the four tantras.
Tantra: The Foundation of Buddhist Thought
Tantra: The Foundation of Buddhist Thought
By: Geshe Tashi Tsering
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In this sixth and final volume in the Foundation of Buddhist Thought series. Geshe Tashi Tsering brings his friendly, helpful approach to the esoteric practices of Buddhist tantra.  Anticipating the many questions Westerners have upon first encountering tantra's colorful imagery and veiled language, Tantra uses straight talk to explain deities, initiations, mandalas, and the body's subtle physiology of channels and chakras.  Tantric Buddhism provides a quick avenue to buddhahood by means of dissolving the body's wind energies into the central channel at the heart, mimicking the transformations of consciousness that occur at the time of death. Guiding readers systematically from tantra's generation stage through to the full enlightenment of the completion stage, Geshe TAshi Tsering even unpacks a simple compassion practice composed by the DAlai Lama, using it to illustrate the building blocks common to all such visualization techniques.  Tantra is a fitting conclusion to this accessible and practical series.
Tantric Buddhism
By: Moharana
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This book is an exhaustive study on Tantric Buddhism touching upon all asects of the religion as it evolved through centuries. The introductory chapter describes the meaning of the tantras, their antiquity and the emergence and growth of tantric Buddhism. The difference between the Hindu tantras and the Buddhist Tantras have also been utlined. The subsequent chapters study the Tantric trend in Buddhism, different aspects of tantric Buddhism, some prominent siddhacaryas, Tantric literature, gods and goddesses and the impact of Tantric Buddhism on the literature and social life of this soil.
This book is particularily valuable for its scholarly exposition of the origin and development of Tantric Buddhism. It is well-researched and documented work supplemented with carefully chosen photographs, Written in lucid, dignified and absorbing style, this book will prove both stimulating and informative to the scholars and even to the general readers.