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What are some of the best books on Tibetan Buddhism. I am wanting to jump in and read a lot
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The Words of My Perfect Teacher by Patrul Rinpoche
Kye ma!
The river of continuity is marked by impermanence.
Ceaseless flowing of appearance.
Beautiful and repulsive.
The dance of life and death is a display of the vast expanse.
With gratitude the watcher and the watched pass through the barrier of duality.
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This is a text which is considered extremely important, called Bodhicaryavatara https://studybuddhism.com/en/tibetan-bu ... a-behavior I think especially for people who are new to the Mahayana.

Many commentaries on the Bodhicaryavatara are available. This one is very comprehensive and as far as I know often considered the best and main choice: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nectar-Manjush ... 1590306996

Another commentary of the same text, more modern in style, meant for people who have no previous knowledge at all, is this: https://www.amazon.com/No-Time-Lose-Tim ... 1590304241

There is also a commentary of only the ninth chapter of the text (which focuses on the Madhyamaka view) by the Dalai Lama: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Transcendent-W ... 1559393297
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Secrets of the Vajra World and Indestructible Truth by Reginald Ray. Anything published by Rangjung Yeshe Publications or written by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche.
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Anything by ChNN.
'Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism' (indispensable imo, and an indication of what might have been) and 'The Myth Of Freedom', both by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
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PSM wrote: Thu Jun 28, 2018 12:46 pm Secrets of the Vajra World and Indestructible Truth by Reginald Ray.
Imo “Indestructible Truth” is a must. “SotVW” is optional.
1.The problem isn’t ‘ignorance’. The problem is the mind you have right now. (H.H. Karmapa XVII @NYC 2/4/18)
2. I support Mingyur R and HHDL in their positions against lama abuse.
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Lama: Even If you had died the 3 Jewels would still have protected you. (DW post by Fortyeightvows)
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Luminous Mind: The Way of The Buddha by Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche
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The Pali Canon, because they don't mention it enough in Tibetan Buddhism and thus people, that are not culturally Buddhist, jump to all sorts of weird conclusions.
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Grigoris wrote: Thu Jun 28, 2018 1:52 pm The Pali Canon, because they don't mention it enough in Tibetan Buddhism and thus people not culturally Buddhist, jump to all sorts of weird conclusions.
True, but it's very dry. I believe there must be collections of "essential suttas" with commentary, somewhere. Thich Nhat Hanh wrote a book on this premise for the Mahayana.
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kausalya wrote: Thu Jun 28, 2018 1:56 pm
Grigoris wrote: Thu Jun 28, 2018 1:52 pm The Pali Canon, because they don't mention it enough in Tibetan Buddhism and thus people not culturally Buddhist, jump to all sorts of weird conclusions.
True, but it's very dry. I believe there must be collections of "essential suttas" with commentary, somewhere. Thich Nhat Hanh wrote a book on this premise for the Mahayana.
Don't really need commentary, they tend to be pretty straight forward:

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... .nymo.html
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... .nymo.html
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... .than.html
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... .than.html
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... .than.html
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... .piya.html
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... .than.html
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... .than.html
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/aut ... 7.html#sut
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... .than.html
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... .vaji.html

Those are the main teachings on The Four Noble Truths, The Eightfold Noble Path, sunyata, karma, Dependent Origination (in forward and backward order) and Mahaparinirvana. That's pretty bloody essential.
"My religion is not deceiving myself."
Jetsun Milarepa 1052-1135 CE

"Butchers, prostitutes, those guilty of the five most heinous crimes, outcasts, the underprivileged: all are utterly the substance of existence and nothing other than total bliss."
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Grigoris wrote: Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:14 pm
kausalya wrote: Thu Jun 28, 2018 1:56 pm
Grigoris wrote: Thu Jun 28, 2018 1:52 pm The Pali Canon, because they don't mention it enough in Tibetan Buddhism and thus people not culturally Buddhist, jump to all sorts of weird conclusions.
True, but it's very dry. I believe there must be collections of "essential suttas" with commentary, somewhere. Thich Nhat Hanh wrote a book on this premise for the Mahayana.
Don't really need commentary, they tend to be pretty straight forward:

....

Those are the main teachings on The Four Noble Truths, The Eightfold Noble Path, sunyata, karma, Dependent Origination (in forward and backward order) and Mahaparinirvana. That's pretty bloody essential.
Agreed, and fair point. I'm pretty dumb, and I need my hand held. That's how I've made most of my progress, such as it is.
"For as long as space remains,
For as long as sentient beings remain,
Until then may I too remain
To dispel the miseries of the world."
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kausalya wrote: Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:19 pmAgreed, and fair point. I'm pretty dumb, and I need my hand held. That's how I've made most of my progress, such as it is.
The dumbest amongst us are those that think they are the smartest!
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Jetsun Milarepa 1052-1135 CE

"Butchers, prostitutes, those guilty of the five most heinous crimes, outcasts, the underprivileged: all are utterly the substance of existence and nothing other than total bliss."
The Supreme Source - The Kunjed Gyalpo
The Fundamental Tantra of Dzogchen Semde
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Grigoris wrote: Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:23 pm
kausalya wrote: Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:19 pmAgreed, and fair point. I'm pretty dumb, and I need my hand held. That's how I've made most of my progress, such as it is.
The dumbest amongst us are those that think they are the smartest!
I'm getting better at maintaining my attention in order to read long texts without getting discouraged or dull, so I do see the value in it, but it's not a skill I'm accustomed to having. Secondary sources with condensed explanations have been my go-to... not to mention, especially in the beginning, I found the advice of contemporary masters to be most practical, immediate and personal.

It was only later that I found my own connection to the original texts -- my bias is to view sutras and the like as a way to refine understanding that already exists based on learning/contemplation/practice within a tradition.
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For as long as sentient beings remain,
Until then may I too remain
To dispel the miseries of the world."
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The Pali Canon, because they don't mention it enough in Tibetan Buddhism and thus people, that are not culturally Buddhist, jump to all sorts of weird conclusions.
I agree that it is important. But I think Reggie Ray’s chapter on it in “Indestructible Truth” is adequate for beginners.
1.The problem isn’t ‘ignorance’. The problem is the mind you have right now. (H.H. Karmapa XVII @NYC 2/4/18)
2. I support Mingyur R and HHDL in their positions against lama abuse.
3. Student: Lama, I thought I might die but then I realized that the 3 Jewels would protect me.
Lama: Even If you had died the 3 Jewels would still have protected you. (DW post by Fortyeightvows)
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