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"For as long as space exists and sentient beings endure,
May I too remain, To dispel the misery of the world."

Shantideva, "Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life"


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(Six Syllable Mantra of Compassion for All Beings)


Books for Tibetan Buddhist Study and Practice

Please Note: 

The books listed below will be helpful to anyone interested  in integrating spiritual practice and compassion into daily living. 

Read as many as time and interest permit!


While intellectual understanding and academic study are essential - equally important qualities for those interested in 

spiritual development are: an open heart and a personal and experiential spiritual practice which leads to developing more 

compassion and wisdom; and produces positive changes in oneself and in relationships with family, friends and the world in general.


May All Beings Benefit!



History of the Palyul Nam Chö Lineage

A Garland of Immortal Wish-Fulfilling Trees: The Palyul Tradition of Nyingmapa

by The Venerable Tsering Lama Jampal Zangpo, Translated by Sangye Khandro

In Tibet, six great mother monasteries uphold the doctrine of the Nyingma tradition. This is a comprehensive 

explanation of the Palyul tradition where the non-dual Great Seal Mahamudra, Great Perfection (Ati Yoga: Dzogchen) 

and the Kama and Terma lineages are joined together as one great river of practice. His Holiness Penor Rinpoche is the 

present head of the Palyul tradition.


For students of Khenchen Rinpoche interested in Practicing the Ngondrö 

The Preliminary Practices: The Palyul Nam Chö Ngondrö Practice Book

(The 'Blue Book', Hardcover) Privately published by Namdroling, main Palyul Monastery, India. 

Available for serious students at PCD Dallas and Palyul US centers only; not available through or any other vendors.


Ngondrö (Foundational or Preliminary Practices) 


Words of My Perfect Teacher, Revised Edition
by Patrul Rinpoche (Paperback) 


A Guide to the Words of My Perfect Teacher
by Khenpo Ngawang Pelzang (Author) (Paperback )


The Wish-Fulfilling Jewel 

[Excellent and heart-felt description/explanation of Tibetan Buddhist Guru Yoga practice]
by Dilgo Khyentse (deceased, former head of the Nyingma tradition) 


A Cascading Waterfall of Nectar
by Thinley Norbu

Focusing on ngondro (preliminary practices such as taking refuge, Vajrasattva practice, mandala offerings and so forth) this book consists of commentaries--from the tantric point of view--on two texts. The first is a well-known terma revealed by Dudjom Linpa, and the second is on a text written by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche.


The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism: Its Fundamentals and History
by Dudjom Rinpoche, Jikdrel Yeshe Dorje, Gyurme Dorje (Translator), Matthew Kapstein (Translator)

[An academic and comprehensive overview of the entire Nyingma lineage from its inception]


Bardo (Death and Dying) Teachings

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Mind of Clear Light: Advice on Living Well and Dying Consciously

"Whether you live a day, a week, a month a year, make that time meaningful. Involve your thoughts in what is beneficial in the long run. The longer you live, the more beneficial it will be." 


Tsele Natsok Rangdrol, THE MIRROR OF MINDFULNESS: The Cycle of the Four Bardos

Presentation of Tibetan Buddhist teachings on the endless cycle of experience, the four bardos: life, death, after-death, and rebirth. Instruction is aimed at inspiring and helping the practitioner achieve liberation from deluded existence and awaken to complete enlightenment for the benefit of others. 


Dudjom Rinpoche, COUNSELS FROM MY HEART As a teacher of legendary kindness and wisdom, Dudjom Rinpoche (deceased, former head of the Nyingma lineage) is highly regarded. This volume contains some of the very few of Dudjom Rinpoche's teachings that have ever been translated and published. In it he discusses the Three Jewels, self and cyclic existence and the bardo states between life and death.


PEACEFUL DEATH, JOYFUL REBIRTH: A Tibetan Buddhist Guidebook with CD
by Tulku Thondup


by Lama Shenpen Hookham

Thurman, Robert A. F. (trans.). Bardo ThödolThe Tibetan Book of the Dead  


Introductory Reading in Buddhism


What the Buddha Taught
by Walpola Rahula


Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
by Thich Nhat Hanh


Mindfulness in Plain English   

by Venerable Henepola Gunaratana


The Art of Living: Vipassana Meditation As Taught by S.N. Goenka   

by William Hart


Living Buddha, Living Christ
by Thich Nhat Hanh


General Reading in Tibetan Buddhist Practice


The World of Tibetan Buddhism: An Overview of Its Philosophy and Practice
by the Dalai Lama


How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life

by the Dalai Lama, Jeffrey Hopkins (Translator)


Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism

by John Powers [A comprehensive overview of the four traditions of Tibetan Buddhism]


The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying: Revised and Updated Edition
by Sogyal Rinpoche (Author), et al 


ENLIGHTENED COURAGE: An Explanation of the Seven-Point Mind Training
by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, translated by The Padmakara Translation Group

[Former head of the Nyingma lineage, deceased 1991, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was a teacher of both His Holiness Penor Rinpoche and Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche] Highly respected by thousands of students throughout the world, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was one of the foremost poets, scholars, philosophers, and meditation masters of our time. Here he speaks frankly from his heart, drawing on his own life-long experience. Condensing the compassionate path to Buddhahood into practical instructions that use the circumstances of everyday life, Rinpoche presents the Seven-Point Mind Training--the very core of the entire Tibetan Buddhist practice.

With instruction from Lama Zopa Rinpoche

This is an updated and revised edition of this very useful handbook that offers a complete explanation of how to set up a personal altar and make water bowl offerings, activities that are an integral part of the preliminary practices taught by the Buddha. Besides full explanations of the objects on the altar, this booklet includes an extensive offering practice and the Light Offering Prayer, by Atisha.


Enlightened Journey : Buddhist Practice as Everyday Life
by Tulku Thondup (Author) 


Tibetan Buddhist Practice and Psychology


Thoughts Without A Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective
by Mark Epstein, M.D.

[Presents the Buddhist concept of The Six Realms and how to work within them positively

from an experiential day-to-day/practical psychology perspective.]


THE WISDOM OF IMPERFECTION: The Challenge of Individuation in Buddhist Life
by Rob Preece


AWAKE AT WORK: 35 Practical Buddhist Principles for Discovering Clarity and Balance in the Midst of Work's Chaos
by Michael Carroll

Bodhichitta (Loving-Kindness) and Bodhisattva Actions (Way of the Spiritual Warrior) 


A Flash of Lightning in the Dark of Night : A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life
by Dalai Lama (Author) (Paperback) 


The Way of the Bodhisattva: A Translation of the Bodhicharyavatara by SHANTIDEVA   (Shambhala Dragon Editions) 


Healing Anger: The Power of Patience from a Buddhist Perspective
by Dalai Lama, et al 


Boundless Heart: The Cultivation of the Four Immeasurables

B. Alan Wallace


Gates to Buddhist Practice: Essential Teachings of a Tibetan Master
by Chagdud, Chagdud Tulku 


An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life
by The Dalai Lama (Author), The Dalai Lama (Author) 


COMPASSION: Listening to the Cries of the World
by Christina Feldman


Buddhist Tantric Practice


DEITY, MANTRA, AND WISDOM: Development Stage Meditation in Tibetan Buddhist Tantra
by Jigme Lingpa, Patrul Rinpoche,and Getse Mahapandita, translated by the Dharmachakra Translation Committee

by Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche

[Teachers of Khebchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche]

This book provides clear and deep explanations of how to uncover our inherent wisdom and compassion. The authors explain how our minds function and what our primordial nature is; they show us how to go about cultivating insight, bodhichitta, and devotion so that our true nature can manifest. They give detailed instructions on how to meditate using the tantric techniques of visualization, mantra, and formless meditation. At the same time, the book is simple and accessible, pointing out how we can see our fundamentally enlightened nature. This is a great introduction to Tibetan Buddhism by highly respected teachers from the Nyingmapa Vajrayana tradition.

by Rob Preece


THE TIBETAN ART OF POSITIVE THINKING: Skillful Thought for Successful Living
by Christopher Hansard


Buddhist Dzogchen Practice


Dzogchen: The Heart Essence of the Great Perfection
by Dalai Lama


by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, translated by Padmakara Translation Group [Former head of the Nyingma lineage, deceased 1991, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was a teacher of both His Holiness Penor Rinpoche and Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche]
The original text consists of almost 580 maxims organized into eighty chapters covering the entire path of Dzogchen, from fundamental teachings on devotion and renunciation through to a whole series of pith instructions that bring the Dzogchen view to life.
"Among the senior Tibetan teachers in our generation, it is well known that Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche's commentaries are not merely scholarly explanations but interpretations coming directly from the depth of his own personal experience. This wonderful text by Zurchungpa is further enriched by his remarkable commentary."--Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche

This splendid volume gathers the collective wisdom of three of the greatest masters of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism--Zurchung Sherab Trakpa

(1014-1074), Shechen Gyaltsap Rinpoche (1871-1926), and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910-1991). The focal point is Zurchung Sherab Trakpa's work 'Eighty

Chapters of Personal Advice,' which consists of nearly 580 maxims distilled from his own experience and deep study of the Buddha Dharma. These pithy

statements, based on orally transmitted teachings, cover the entire approach of Dzogchen--from faith and discipline to concentration and the flowering of wisdom."


by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche


Medicine Buddha: Tibetan Medicine


Health Through Balance: An Introduction to Tibetan Medicine
by Yeshi Donden, et al (Paperback - May 1986)


MEDICINE AND COMPASSION: A Tibetan Lama's Guidance for Caregivers
by Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and David Shlim, MD


Tibetan Buddhist Medicine and Psychiatry: The Diamond Healing

by Terry Clifford


Medicine Buddha Teachings
by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche


Tibetan Medicine: A Practical and Inspiration Guide to Diagnosing, Treating and Healing the Buddhist Way
by Gerti Samel (Paperback - April 2002) 


Healing Power of the Mind
by Tulku Thondup (Author)


Boundless Healing : Meditation Exercises to Enlighten the Mind and Heal the Body
by Tulku Thondup (Author) (Paperback )


ULTIMATE HEALING: The Power of Compassion
by Lama Thubten Zopa


Tibetan Medicine: The Buddhist Way of Healing
by Dolkar Khanghar, Dolkar Khangkar (Hardcover - March 2000)


Tibetan Medicine: The Gentle Art of Healing
by Dr Sarah Sallon, Kyle Cathie Ltd (Paperback - September 2004) 


TIBETAN RELAXATION: Kum Nye Massage and Movement; Effective Techniques for Refreshing and Revitalizing Body and Mind
by Tarthang Tulku
144 pp., 250 color photos. Presents Kum Nye, a healing system from 8th century Tibet that integrates movement, self-massage, breath and stretching. Step-by-step photographic illustrations guide the reader through beginning and advanced forms.


by Dr. Lobsang Rapgay


TIBETAN MEDICINE and Other Holistic Health-Care Systems
by Tom Dummer


THE SPIRITUAL MEDICINE OF TIBET: Heal Your Spirit, Heal Yourself
by Dr. Pema Dorjee, foreword by H.H. the Dalai Lama.


by Namkhai Norbu


TIBETAN AYURVEDA: Health Secrets from the Roof of the World
by Robert Sachs, fore. by Dr. Lobsang Rapgay


The Blooming of a Lotus: Guided Meditation Exercises for Healing & Transformation
by Thich Nhat Hanh, et al 


Parenting and Children's Books


The Tibetan Art of Parenting: From Before Conception Through Early Childhood
by Anne Hubbell Maiden, Edie Farwell (Contributor) (Paperback - November 1997)  


TARA TAMES THE EIGHT FEARS: Children Point the Way to Emotional Health through Music and Dance
(80 minutes) Produced and directed by Anahata Iradah
How do you deal with the fire of anger? How do you handle the snake of jealousy? In this video children, dance, sing and dialogue their way through a Tibetan classic that dramatizes eight emotional challenges including the demon of doubt and the ocean of desire.Prema Dasara has been teaching this dance drama to children for sixteen years. Filmed during a one week residency with the staff and students of Mountain Road School, the images are cuteness itself as children from the ages of 3-11 candidly talk about their feelings and learn the simple movements. We also hear from the parents and teachers who immediately noted the influence of the dance in their family interactions.

Meditating With Children: The Art of Concentration and Centering: A Workbook on New Educational Methods Using Meditation
by Deborah, Ph.D. Rozman (Paperback - August 2002)  


Dharma Family Treasures : Sharing Buddhism With Children
by Sandy Eastoak (Editor) (Paperback - June 1997)  


Kindness: A Treasury of Buddhist Wisdom for Children and Parents (The Little Light of Mine Series)
by Sarah Conover, Valerie Wahl (Illustrator) (Paperback - January 2001) 


The Mountains of Tibet
by Mordicai Gerstein (Author) (Paperback) 


Tibetan Language and Travel in Tibet


TIBET: Lonely Planet Travel Guide
Lonely Planet series


TIBETAN SADHANA VOCABULARY: Translated Words of Seven Buddhist Sadhanas
compiled by Dr. Cathy Kielsmeier


TIBETAN LANGUAGE PRE--PRIMER: Learning to Read the Short Chenrezik Sadhana
by Dr. Cathy Kielsmeier, drawings by Linda Gamble

Tibetan Folk Tales


by Sandra Benson

THE THREE BOYS and Other Buddhist Folktales from Tibet
Told and illus. by Yeshi Dorjee, ed. by John Major


Tibetan Cooking


by Tsering Wangmo & Zara Houshmand


TIBETAN COOKING: Recipes for Daily Living, Celebration, and Ceremony
by Elizabeth Kelly


by the Association of Nepalis in the Americas







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