THE LIFE OF SHABKAR: The Autobiography of a Tibetan Yogin translated by Matthieu Ricard, foreword by H.H. the Dalai Lama
Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangdrol devoted himself to many years of meditation in solitary retreat after his inspired youth and early training in the province of Amdo under the guidance of several extraordinary Buddhist masters. 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.
Shabkar's autobiography vividly reflects the values and visionary imagery of Tibetan Buddhism as well as the social and cultural life of early nineteenth-century Tibet.
LORD OF THE DANCE: The Autobiography of Chagdud Tulku by Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche
The autobiography of a Tibetan lama. Chagdud Tulku's story can be read on many levels - as a colorful, often humorous adventure story; as an inner, spiritual journey, and as a teaching on how one person attains the perspective of absolute truth amid life's uncertainty. As such it is both inspiring and encouraging, and highly relevant to anyone who seeks ultimate meaning in this time of dire prediction.
HIMALAYAN HERMITESS, THE LIFE OF A TIBETAN BUDDHIST NUN by Kurtis R. Schaeffer
Himalayan Hermitess is a vivid account of the life and times of a Buddhist nun living on the borderlands of Tibetan culture. Orgyan Chokyi (1675-1729) spent her life in Dolpo, the highest inhabited region of the Nepal Himalayas. Illiterate and expressly forbidden by her master to write her own life story, Orgyan Chokyi received divine inspiration, defied tradition, and composed one of the most engaging autobiographies of the Tibetan literary tradition.
ACTIVITY OF KHENCHEN THRANGU RINPOCHE by Namo Buddha Meditation and Education Center
- Long Life Prayer for His Holiness Karmapa Urgyen Dorje
- Long Life Prayer Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche
- Biography of Thrangu Rinpoche
1. Thrangu Tashi Choling Monastery, Nepal
2. Namo Buddha, Nepal Pal Thrangu Tashi Choling
3. Thrangu Tara Abbey
4. Shree Mangal Dvip School
5. Nubri Thrangu Tashi Choling, Nepal
6. Vajra Vidya Institute
7. Thrangu Tashi Choling Monastery in Tibet
8. Photo Pages
9. International List of Centers and Organizations
10. List of Publications: Thrangu Rinpoche's Teachings
THE MADMAN'S MIDDLE WAY: Reflections on Reality of a Modernist Tibetan Monk Gendun Chopel by Donald Lopez, Jr.
Gendun Chopel is considered the most important Tibetan intellectual of the twentieth century. His life spanned the two defining moments in modern Tibetan history: the entry into Lhasa by British troops in 1904 and by Chinese troops in 1951. Recognized as an incarnate lama while he was a child, Gendun Chopel excelled in the traditional monastic curriculum and went on to become expert in fields as diverse as philosophy, history, linguistics, geography, and tantric Buddhism. Near the end of his life, before he was persecuted and imprisoned by the government of the young Dalai Lama, he would dictate the Adornment for Nagarjuna's Thought, a work on Madhyamaka, or "Middle Way", philosophy. It sparked controversy immediately upon its publication and continues to do so today.
PORTRAITS OF TIBETAN BUDDHIST MASTERS by Don Farber, fore. by Sogyal Rinpoche
Some of the seventy-six men and women photographed here are well known, including His Holiness XIV Dalai Lama, Sogyal Rinpoche, and Chogyam Trungpa, and others are less well known to a wide audience. In addition to the quotations, which reflect a range of philosophies and teaching styles, each portrait is accompanied by a short biography. As a photographic archive of Tibetan Buddhist masters who have most inspired the West, Portraits of Tibetan Buddhist Masters plays an important role in preserving Tibetan culture, in all its richness and complexity, through the words and faces of its esteemed masters.
PRECIOUS ESSENCE, THE INNER AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF TERCHEN BARWAY DORJE by Lama Yeshe Gyamtso, tr.
The first Barway Dorje was a precious revealer of treasure and the rebirth of Nupchen Sangye Yeshe, one of Guru Padma's twenty-five disciples. Barway Dorje appeared in Tibet during the nineteenth century, and was praised and respected by the many holy beings of his time as an authentic treasure revealer. His many treasures include The Sadhanas of the Vidyadhara Guru, The Vajrakila Cycle, and The Dakini Cycle, all of which contain profound instructions pertaining to ripening and liberation.
SUPERHUMAN LIFE OF GESAR OF LING by Alexandra David-Neel & Lama Yongden
King Gesar, renowned throughout Tibet and Central Asia, represents the ideal warrior-the principle of all-victorious confidence. As the central force of sanity, he conquers all his enemies, the evil forces of the four directions, who turn people's minds away from the true teachings of Buddhism. These enemies graphically represent the different manifestations of cowardly mind.
TIMELESS RAPTURE: Inspired Verse of the Shangpa Masters compiled by Jamgon Kongtrul, trans. & ed. by Ngawang Zangpo
Timeless Rapture offers a rare glimpse into the mysticism of the Shangpa kagyu lineage, a tradition based mainly on profound teachings of two Indian women: Niguma and Sukasiddhi. A compendium of spontaneous verse sung by Indian and Tibetan tantric Buddhist masters from the tenth century to the present day. Timeless Rapture includes the translations as well as short descriptions of each poet's life, plus an overview of the lineage of Tibet.
YOGINS OF LADAKH: A Pilgrimage Among the Hermits of the Buddhist Himalayas by John H. Crook & James Low
When John Crook of Bristol University began research in the Zangskar valley of Ladakh in 1977 his prime intention was to investigate the social anthropology of the area through studies of village life. In 1986 Crook returned to Ladakh with Tibetologist James Low to enquire full into the social organisation, history meditational practices and philosphy of the yogins who still lived and practiced in the remove parts of the area. This book is a record of the authors' adventurous journeys to meet some remarkable men.