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Allen Ginsberg's Buddhist Poetics
By: Tony Trigilio
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Allen Ginsberg's Buddhist Poetics revives questions of poetics, religious authenticity, and political efficacy in Ginsberg's prophetic poetry. Author Tony Trigilio examines Ginsberg's Buddhism as an imperfect but deepening influence on the major poems of his career.

Anthology of Buddhist Tantric Songs
Anthology of Buddhist Tantric Songs
By: Per Kvaerne
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The subject of this study is a small collection of songs known as Caryagiti, 'songs of the mystic path', or literally 'songs of the proper way of action', published by Hariprasad Sastri in 1916. These songs hold a unique place in India's spiritual and literary heritage, yet in many ways they have been imperfectly understood. This study clarifies many points that have hitherto remained obscure and provides a fresh and deeper insight into their structure and contents. The first edition was quickly sold out. The present edition is slightly revised, and the songs themselves are printed in red to distinguish them from the critical apparatus used in analysis and commentaries.
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.
Bodhisattva:  How To Be Free
Bodhisattva: How To Be Free
By: Nicole Grace
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"Buddhists believe that a bodhisattva is a particular kind of enlightened being-- one whose compassion runs so deep that he or she resists a final dissolution of the soul into Eternity until all sentient beings have themselves attained liberation from suffering.  The bodhisattva will continue to reincarnate in unenlightened worlds, at great personal risk and with at times considerable agony, in order to serve as a beacon of light, guiding seekers to higher consciousness and, hopefully, Ultimate Freedom."
Daughters of Emptiness
Daughters of Emptiness: Poems of Chinese Buddhist Nuns
By: Grant, Beata
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Women played major roles in the history of Buddhist China, but given the paucity of the remaining records, their voices have all but faded. In Daughters of Emptiness, Beata Grant renders a great service by recovering and translating the enchanting verse -- by turns assertive, observant, devout -- of forty-eight nuns from sixteen centuries of imperial China. This selection of poems, along with the brief biographical accounts that accompany them, affords readers a glimpse into the extraordinary diversity and sometimes startling richness of these women's lives.

Dead People Talking (Collection of Poems)
Dead People Talking (Collection of Poems)
By: Tsoltim Ngima Shakabpa
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Born in Lhasa, Tibet in 1943 and educated in Tibet, India and the United States, Tsoltim Ngima Shakabpa, known popularly as T.N., served the Tibetan Government-in-Exile as a Managing Director of the Tibetan Industrial Rehabilitation Society, a semi-Tibetan government agency, and successfully resettled 7,000 Tibetan refugees in small scale industrial projects in Himachal Pradesh in India.
Dreaming the Great Brahmin
Dreaming the Great Brahmin, Tibetan Traditions of the Buddhist Poet-Saint Saraha,
by: Kurtis Schaeffer
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The book traces the complex history of Saraha's most important work, a collection of tantric poetry entitled the Treasury of Doha Verses. Schaeffer shows that the poetic and philosophical literature attributed to Saraha represents centuries of transmission and adaptation by scribes, translators, commentators, and Tibetan poets. The book also includes a full translation of the Treasury of Doha Verses and a rare Tibetan commentary.
First Thought Best Thought
By: Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
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108 Poems Here is a unique contribution to the field of poetry: a new collection of works by America's foremost Buddhist meditation master, Chogyam Trungpa. These poems and songs--most of which were written since his arrival in the United States in 1970--combine a background in classical Tibetan poetry with Trungpa's intuitive insight into the spirit of America, a spirit that is powerfully evoked in his use of colloquial metaphor and contemporary imagery.
Hermit of Go Cliffs
Hermit of Go Cliffs: Timeless Instructions from a Tibetan Mystic
By: Stearns/Godrakpa
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Timeless Instructions from a Tibetan Mystic
The great Tibetan meditation master Gyalwa Godrakpa (1170-1249) practiced and taught a nonsectarian approach to realization. Hermit of Go Cliffs is the first English translation of The Collected Songs of Godrakpa, presented here with the original Tibetan text and with Cyrus Stearns' comprehensive introduction to Godrakpa's life, legacy, and poetry. Like the songs of Tibet's great saint Milarepa, Godrakpa's songs are uniquely beautiful and accessible: sometimes stern and sharp, sometimes lyrical and filled with allusions to the natural world.
Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa
By: Chang, Garma C.C., tr.
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Milarepa's poem are filled with fascinating tales of miraculous encounter and colorful imagery, and present a valuable insight into a living  quality of Tibetan Buddhism. Central as this book is to Tibetan culture, the arcane dialect and obscurity of many original passages daunted translators for centuries; this was the first complete version of the classic to appear in the West.
In the Forest of Faded Wisdom
In the Forest of Faded Wisdom: 104 Poems by Gendun Chopel, a Bilingual Edition
By: Gendun Chopel, Donald S. Lopez
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In a culture where poetry is considered the highest form of human language, Gendun Chopel is revered as Tibet's greatest modern poet. Born in 1903 as British troops were preparing to invade his homeland, Gendun Chopel was identified at any early age as the incarnation of a famous lama and became a Buddhist monk, excelling in the debating courtyards of the great monasteries of Tibet. At the age of thirty-one, he gave up his monk's vows and set off for India, where he would wander, often alone and impoverished, for over a decade. Returning to Tibet, he was arrested by the government of the young Dalai Lama on trumped-up charges of treason, emerging from prison three years later a broken man. He died in 1951 as troops of the People's Liberation Army marched into Lhasa.
Jewels of Enlightenment
Jewels of Enlightenment: Wisdom Teachings from the Great Tibetan Masters
By: Erik Pema Kunsang
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Delve into Tibets rich religious heritage with this compilation of Buddhist prayers, poems, and teachings from all the various schools. A perfect companion for meditation and contemplation, Jewels of Enlightenment represents over a millennium of wisdom from masters such as Milarepa, Gampopa, Machig Labdron, Jigmey Lingpa, Shabkar, Jamgn Kongtrl, and more on how to live a meaningful life.
Kumarajiva: The Transcreator of Buddhist Chinese diction<br>By: Nirmala Sharma
Kumarajiva: The Transcreator of Buddhist Chinese diction
By: Nirmala Sharma
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This work is the first full-length narration of the extraordinary life, immense literary output, manifold philosophical perspectives of Kumarajiva and his development of a new translation methodology. All his works, both extant and lost, are detailed. The author discusses at length Kumarajiva's texts that became the foundation of sects and philosophical systems in East Asia. Around a hundred illustrations of murals and scrolls vividly portray the ambience of Kucha, Kumarajiva's homeland.
Life of Shabkar, The Autobiography of a Tibetan Yogin
By: Ricard, Mattieu, tr.
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The Life of Shabkar has long been recognized by Tibetans as one of the master works of their religious heritage. Following his inspired youth and early training in his native province of Amdo under the guidance of several extraordinary Buddhist masters, Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangdrol devoted himself to many years of meditation in solitary retreat. With determination and courage, he mastered the highest and most esoteric practices of the Tibetan tradition of the Great Perfection. He then wandered far and wide over the Himalayan region expressing his realization.
His autobiography vividly reflects the values and visionary imagery of Tibetan Buddhism as well as the social and cultural life of early nineteenth-century Tibet.
Milarepa, Songs on the Spot
By: Riggs, Nicole
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" By means of the most sublime language, these songs show us not only how we can free ourselves from anxiety, but also progress toward ultimate liberation and help others to free themselves from suffering. Milarepa traverses ten centuries to speak directly to us in these inspired translations that resonate deep in heart." ---- David Curtis
Mudra: Early poems and Songs
Mudra: Early poems and Songs
By: Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
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A Mudra is a symbolic gesture or action that gives physical expression to an inner state. The spirit of this collection of poems and songs of devotion, written by Chogyam Trungpa between 1959 and 1971, is spontaneous and celebratory. Also included are the ten traditional Zen oxherding pictures accompanied by a unique commentary that offers an unmistakably Tibetan flavor. Fan of this renowned Buddhist teacher will enjoy the heartfelt devotional quality of this early work.
Muses In Exile
By: Bhuchung D. Sonam (ed)
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For the first time, the voices of Tibet's diaspora find expression in an anthology of poetry composed in English:Muses in Exile.History teaches us that artistic and intellectual creativity reach their zenith under the most adverse conditions. And so it has been with Tibetan verse.
Mystical Verses of a Dalai Lama
By: Glenn Mullin
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The Second Dalai Lama’s mystical poems and lyrical visions (with a few here for fun) are permeated with the ecstasy of enlightenment and born of genuine selflessness.
Ocean of Melody: Songs of the Sixth Dalai Lama <br> Translated by Lhasang Tsering
Ocean of Melody: Songs of the Sixth Dalai Lama
Translated by Lhasang Tsering
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Finally a translation of the timeless and beautiful songs of the Sixth Dalai Lama which does justice to his poetry.
Lhasang Tsering, author of Tomorrow and Other Poems, has achieved a translation which maintains the poetry of the original Tibetan without compromising on the meaning in any way.
One Hundred Thousand Moons
One Hundred Thousand Moons: An Advanced Political History of Tibet
By: W. D. Shakabpa (Author), D. F. Maher (Translator)
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Drawing on a vast array of historical and biographical sources, this volume elaborates Tibetan political history, arguing that Tibet has long been an independent nation, and that the 1950 incursion by the Chinese was an invasion of a sovereign country. The author situates Tibet's relations with a series of Chinese, Manchurian, and Mongolian empires in terms of the preceptor-patron relationship, an essentially religious connection in which Tibetan religious figures offered spiritual instruction to the contemporaneous emperor or other militarily powerful figure in exchange for protection and religious patronage.
Opening the Treasure of the Profound: Teachings on the Songs of Jigten Sumgon and Milarepa
By: Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen
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In Tibet, vajra songs became popular when Milarepa gave teachings in that style to his disciples. His example influenced all Tibetan Buddhist schools, particularly the Kagyu lineages. People commonly memorized such songs and sang them with beautiful melodies. But vajra songs are much more than pleasant tunes or ordinary poetry. A vajra song reflects the enlightened mind of its author by encapsulating precisely profound meaning in just a few words. Thus, it can be difficult for the unenlightened to penetrate their meaning.
Praise to the Lotus Born
By: Khentrul Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche
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A Verse Garland of Waves of Devotion
In 1972, a 21- year old Nyingmapa Buddhist monk was recovering from tuberculosis in a clinic in Switzerland. Turning his mind to Guru Padmasambhava, known to Tibetans as the second Buddha, he wrote these poems in a mere three days. Praise to the Lotus Born is a verse biography of Guru Padmasambhava.
Rain of Wisdom: The Essence of the Ocean of True Meaning
By: Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
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The Essence of the Ocean of True Meaning

The art of composing spontaneous songs that express spiritual understanding has existed in Tibet for centuries. Over a hundred of these profound songs are found in this collection of the works of the great teachers of the Kagyu lineage, known as the practice lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Many readers are already familiar with the colorful life of the yogin Milarepa, an early figure of the Kagyu lineage, some of whose songs are included here. Songs by over 30 other Buddhist teachers are also presented, from those of Tilopa, the father of the lineage, to those of the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, as well as several songs by Chogyam Trungpa, the noted teacher of Buddhism in America who directed the translation of The Rain of Wisdom.
Song of the Profound View
Song of the Profound View
By: Rabten, Geshe
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"Song of the Profound View" is Geshe Rabten's own account of his long retreat in Dharamsala in the late 1960's into the meaning of the profound view-"emptiness" according to the highest philosophical tenets. His progress and insights, the advice he received from his teachers, Trijang Dorje Chang and the Dalai Lama, philosophical reflections, moments of caution, joy, despair and deepening compassion were set down in twelve short verses interwoven with anecdotes from day-to-day life in a song of awareness and realization.
Song of the Road
Song of the Road: The Poetic Travel Journal of Tsarchen Losal Gyatso
By: Cyrus Stearns (Translator)
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In 1539, Tsarchen Losal Gyatso, a Tibetan lama whose mastery of the tantric Buddhism of the Sakya tradition has never been surpassed since, made a pilgrimage from Tibet's western regions into the center of the country. This is his record of that journey, providing a uniquely personal window into the country at that time and into the mind of this charming master.
Songs of Love, Poems of Sadness Sixth Dalai Lama
Songs of Love, Poems of Sadness; Sixth Dalai Lama,
By: Paul Williams, tr.
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The Sixth Dalai Lama, Tsangyang Gyatso (1683-1706), refused to take full monastic vows, returned the vows that he had already taken, and loved alcohol, archery, and women with a passion that perhaps suggests he had a premonition of his early death at the age of twenty-four. He also wrote a remarkable collection of love poetry. In this book, the author offers a completely new translation of the erotic poems attributed to the Sixth Dalai Lama. With hints on how to read the verses, as well as explanations of obscure points or allusions, the author makes this extraordinary Dalai Lama and his verses accessible to those with no background in the study of Buddhism or Tibet. This first translation to be based on the latest critical edition will be of great interest to those eager to learn more about Eastern religion and spirituality.
Songs of Milarepa
By: Milarepa
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A Buddhist holy man whose songs have been sung and studied since the twelfth century, Milarepa exchanged a life of sin and maliciousness for one of contemplation and love, eventually reaching--according to his disciples--the ultimate state of enlightenment. His thousands of extemporaneously composed songs communicate complex ideas in a simple, lucid style. This volume features the religious leader's best and most highly esteemed songs of love and compassion.
Songs of Naropa
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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This translation contains subtle and penetrating wisdom expressed through the age-old tradition of spiritual songs. Two songs by the great Indian master Naropa are explained in detail by Thrangu Rinpoche, a realized Tibetan Buddhist teacher of the present time.
"The basic nature is in itself the state of realization of all buddhas. To fully awaken to this natural state, it is not necessary to go some other place to reach enlightenment. The state of enlightenment is not extrinsic to ourselves. Buddhahood is not something that will appear suddenly in the future, but exists inherently within ourselves right now."

Songs of Shabkar: The Path of a Tibetan yogi Inspired by Nature
Songs of Shabkar: The Path of a Tibetan yogi Inspired by Nature
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These deeply personal songs of realization by Nyingmapa yogi Shabkar
Tshog-druk Rangdrol (1781-1851), composed in a simple yet richly poetic
style, charm by their beauty and directness, often expressing the
delights of nature.  Drawn from the vast and mostly untranslated
collection The Festival of Melodious Songs, they have been organized
thematically to reflect Shabkar's quest for spiritual awareness.
Songs of Spiritual Experience: Tibetan Buddhist Poems of Insight & Awakening
By: Jinpa / Elsner
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Here is the first major anthology of Tibetan spiritual poetry available
in the West. Songs of Spiritual Experience offers newly translated works
from all the traditions and schools of Tibetan Buddhism, spanning from
the eleventh to the twentieth century. Compiled and translated by
Thupten Jinpa, one of the Dalai Lama's principal translators, and Jas
Elsner, Songs of Spiritual Experience serves both as an introduction to
Tibetan poetry and to Tibetan Buddhist philosophy.
Songs of the Sixth Dalai Lama
By: Dalai Lama 6th
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The Sixth Dalai Lama Losang Rigzin Tsangyang Gyatsho (1683-1706), whose name means “The Ocean of Melodious Songs” was a special Dalai Lama.

Born in a renowned Nyingma family and brought up at a late age in the Gelugpa tradition, Tsangyang Gyatsho proved to be an uncomfortable blend of the two traditions.  But leaving aside the unfortunate politics that surrounded his desoalte life, Tsangyang Gyatsho brought to holy Lhasa and Shol taverns some of the purest and most beautiful lyrics of all times.

Songs of the Snow Lion: New Writing from Tibet
Songs of the Snow Lion: New Writing from Tibet
By: Frank Stewart, Tsering Shakya, & Herbert J. Batt
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Song of the Snow Lion features new fiction, poetry, and essays from Tibet. Since China's invasion of their country in 1950 and the suffering brought about by the Cultural Revolution, Tibetans have struggled to prevent their ancient culture and country from disappearing. At the same time, many Tibetans recognize that modernization in some form must come. Out of such difficult political conditions and cultural paradoxes, Tibetan authors have developed a literature that, despite Chinese censorship, explores the pressingquestions facing their country today. The authors in the feature include Tashi Dawa, Sebo, Tig Ta, Tashi Pelden, Alai, and Geyang. In addition, there are works by Yandon, the first Tibetan woman to publish a novel; poet and novelist Meizhuo, a woman of extraordinary range; and Dhondup Gyal, considered the founder of modern Tibetan writing. An overview essay by Tsering Shakya explains the rise of a modern Tibetan literature.
Splendor of an Autumn Moon, The Devotional Verse of Tsongkhapa
By: Tsongkhapa, Kilty, tr.
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The story of the remarkable life of Tsongkhapa has been well documented elsewhere, but this collection of works seeks to bring out a lesser-known side of this great scholar and meditator: the devotional poet. Tsongkhapa studied poetry, as did many of the great masters of his day and after, and in the colophon of many of his works he is referred to as the "Poet of the North."
"Splendor of an Autumn Moon" presents for the first time twenty-one devotional poems by Tsongkhapa, in both the original Tibetan and in artful English translations.
Stones to Shatter the Stainless Mirror: The Fearless Teachings of Tilopa to Naropa
By: Kiley Jon Clark
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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."
Structure of The World Compared to a Bubble
By: Anne Walden
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The Stupa of Borobudur in Java is one of the architectural wonders of the world,designed as both a mandala and as an aid for the Buddhist pilgrim that can be read as a holy book. It has inspired Anne Waldman to create a work which is at once a walking meditation, a “cultural intervention,” a “recovery” of a sacred site, and a take on contemporary reality and how the busy “monkey brain” (as it is called in Buddhism) works and travels. Exploratory and meditative, even playful at times, it expands the sense of invocation of the theme, including literary, religious, sociological, and anthropological dimensions.

Sugata Saurabha
Sugata Saurabha An Epic Poem from Nepal on the Life of the Buddha
By: Chittadhar Hridaya
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The Sugata Saurabha is an epic poem that retells the story of the Buddha's life. It was published in 1947 in the Nepalese language, Newari, by Chittadhar Hridaya, one of the greatest literary figures of 20th-century Nepal. The text is remarkable for its comprehensiveness, artistry, and nuance. It covers the Buddha's life from birth to death and conveys his basic teachings with simple clarity.
Tantric Treasures; Three Collections of Mystical Verse from Buddhist India
By: Roger R. Jackson
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Three Collections of Mystical Verse from Buddhist India
Roger Jackson provides accurate, accessible translations of three classics of medieval Indian Buddhist mysticism: the "couplet-treasuries" of the great tantric masters Saraha, Kanha, and Tilopa.

Ten Teachings from the 100,000 Songs of Milarepa
By:Thrangu Rinpoche
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The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milaprepa were compiled by Tsang Nyon Heruka, an emanation of Milarepa, who also wrote The Life of Milarepa. Tsang Nyon was a siddha who had gained the apellation "Nyonpa." The life story and songs of Milarepa inspire people to practice his lineage of instructions.
Tibet’s True Heart, Woeser
Tibet's True Heart
By: Woeser
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A selection of Woeser's poetry in new English translation.
Tibet's True Heart presents an annotated selection of Woeser's poetry in translation. At a time that when access to and communications from the Tibetan Plateau are being strictly limited, these verses offer a glimpse into the soul of a hard-pressed people.
In recent years, Woeser books have been banned and her blog has been blocked throughout the People's Republic of China. Yet she is well-known there as an eloquent advocate: perceptive, honest, not ideological.
Tibetan Songs of Realization, Echoes from a Seventeenth-Century Scholar and Siddha in Amdo
By: Victoria Sujata
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Amongst most other forms of Tibetan literature, the genre of Mgur -
songs of spiritual realization - stand out for their startingly and
unusually sincere descriptions of inner thoughts, feelings and
experiential knowledge. This book is the first commentary in Western
literature on the collected Mgur of one of its still largely unknown
masters, the Tibetan scholar and siddha Skal ldan rgya mtsho
Timeless Rapture
Timeless Rapture: Inspired Verse of the Shangpa Masters
By: Jamgon Kongtrul / Ngawang Zangpo tr.
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Boundless awe and rapture are experiences reported again and again by accomplished masters. These qualities of mind are characteristic of the shift from busy, limited consciousness to effortless, panoramic awareness - a shift said to endure after realization on the Buddhist path to awakening. Throughout Buddhist history, awakened ones have celebrated this innate and timeless rapture with inspired verse, sung extemporaneously.
Treasury of Eloquence: The Songs of Barway Dorje
By: Yeshe Gyamtso (translator)
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Songs of realization composed by great Buddhist teachers of India and Tibet are a tremendous source of inspiration for all Buddhists and all who practice meditation. Treasury of Eloquence is a collection of songs and instructions composed by the great treasure-revealer and visionary teacher Barway Dorje (1836-1918), whose biography, Precious Essence, has also been translated and published.
Voice of Tibet
By: Tsoltim Ngima Shakabpa
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Voice of Tibet , Tsoltim Ngima Shakabpa, Paljor Publications, Paperback, 2007, 258 Pages, $10.00
Warrior Songs
By: Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
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Contains 17 poems by the Dorje Dradul of Mukpo.

The poetry has been printed in portfolio format, unbound sheets gathered in a hardcover case, that facilitates holding the poems individually in one's hands to be read aloud.
Water and Wood Shastras
By: Gungtang Rinpoche
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The Water and Wood Shastras take images from the natural world to illustrate profound insights into the nature of humanity and the path to enlightenment.  The author uses his own experience drawn from years of intensive spiritual study and practice in order to articulate his realizations for the benefit of others.  These poems embody the central passion of ancient Tibetan culture--the pursuit of knowledge and compassion in order to actualize the highest potential of the human spirit.  They are a treasury of instructions completely dispelling the poverty of inner and outer dissatisfaction, a pastoral waterfall peacefully calming the tempest of secular and personal conflict, and a supreme medicine for healing the worldly and spiritual ills of our times.   Their message is deep and vast, but deceptively simplified and garbed beautifully in the metaphors of Gungtang Rinpoche's elegant verse.
Way and the Mountain
Way and the Mountain; Tibet, Buddhism, and Tradition
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The Way and the Mountain is Marco Pallis' second book on his journey, both physical and spiritual, to the towering peaks of the Himalayas, this time to Tibet itself after WWII. Pallis was able to experience first-hand the cultural and spiritual ways of the Tibetan people just before the country's situation changed forever. This book will be welcome as a glimpse of a traditional Buddhist world that once was whole, and for the keen observations of a Westerner making sense of spiritual practices, moral systems, modes of dress, and other traditions that are often hard to understand unless described by an open and seeking soul. Pallis was just such an observer, and the traditional world of Tibet that he encountered comes to life again and in much greater intelligibility for his Western readers through The Way and the Mountain.
Where the World Does Not Follow
By: O’Connor, Mike and Steven R. Johnson
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Buddhist China in Picture and Poem

Breathtaking and unique, Where the World Does Not Follow reveals the treasures of an almost-hidden China. Photographer Steven R. Johnson and acclaimed poet and translator Mike O'Connor uncover a world rarely seen by outsiders - even as they capture its everyday beauty.
Winds of Change, an Autobiography of a Tibetan
By: Tsultrim Ngima Shakabpa
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This is a poem of pilgrimage and transformation as, through the evocative recollections of the author, we journey across a dramatic and emotional landscape, one that exerts a profound resonance. It is essentially a tale of personal alchemy, where the loss of a nation, challenges of exile and physical frailty are transmuted into a moving and eminently readable testimony.
Wisdom Anthology of North American Buddhist Poetry
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Playful, thoughtful, and important, the 28 poets found in The Wisdom Anthology of North American Buddhist Poetry offer innovations on traditional and time-honored Buddhist poetic forms. This unique collection brings us African Americans reading the Black diaspora through the eyes of exiled Tibetan monks; Americans of Vietnamese and Tibetan heritage wrestling with the cultural norms of their parents or ancestors; Zen and Dada inspired performance pieces; and groundbreaking writings from the pioneers of the Beat movement, so many of whom remain not just relevant but vital to this day.

Yashodhara: Six Seasons Without You
Yashodhara: Six Seasons Without You
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This collection of poems tells the story of Yashodhara, the wife of Gautama. Legend is that Gautama, the would-be Buddha, was born in the sixth century B.C. as the son of the king of a small warrior tribe of the Sakyas based in the principality of Kapilavastu in southwestern Nepal. At the age of twenty-nine, Gautama left his palace, his wife, and his newly born son, Rahul, to search for love, peace, and salvation.

The poems relate the story of Yashodhara in a poetic form that was popular in ancient and medieval India, Sanskrit, and non-Sanskrit literatures. The season-poems follow a strict poetic structure and represent the voice of Yashodhara; the longer narrative poems that interject the season-poems are written in the voice of a contemporary narrator.