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Recommended Books on Buddhism

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I also have a more general (and personal) book recommendation page.


Livros introdutórios fortemente recomendados

Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche
Gates to the Buddhist Practice

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
What Makes you Not a Buddhist


Livros introdutórios recomendados de forma geral

Sogyal Rinpoche
The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

Chogyam Trungpa
Work, Sex, Money: Real Life on the Path of Mindfulness

Thupten Jinpa
Fearless Heart


Strongly recommended intermediate books

Chogyam Trungpa
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

Chogyam Trungpa
The Myth of Freedom

Samuel Bercholz, Sherab Chödzin Kohn, and Bernardo Bertolucci
Entering the Stream: An Introduction to the Buddha and His Teachings

Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche
Karma: What It Is, What It Isn't, Why It Matters

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
The Guru Drinks Bourbon?


Intermediate books

Shantideva
The Way of the Bodhisattva

Dalai Lama
Kindness, Clarity, Insight

Various Contributors
Encyclopedia of Eastern Philosophy and Religion


Buddhism and science

B. Alan Wallace
Choosing Reality: A Buddhist View of Physics and the Mind


Books on practice

Patrul Rinpoche
Words of my Perfect Teacher

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
Not for Happiness, A Guide to the So-Called Preliminary Practices

Thinley Norbu Rinpoche
Cascading Waterfall of Nectar


Biographies

Erik Pema Kunzang & Marcia Binder Schmidt
Blazing Splendor: the memoirs of the Dzogchen Yogi Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

Keith Dowman
Buddhist Masters of Enchantment
The Divine Madman
Sky Dancer

Diana Mukpo
Dragon Thunder: my life with Chögyam Trungpa

Matthieu Ricard
Enlightened Vagabond: The Life and Teachings of Patrul Rinpoche

Donald S. Lopez Jr.
Gendun Chopel: Tibet's Modern Visionary

Douglas Duckworth
Jamgon Mipam: His Life and Teachings

Janet Gyatso
Apparitions of the Self: The Secret Autobiographies of a Tibetan Visionary

Thinley Norbu Rinpoche
A Brief Fantasy History of a Himalayan: Autobiographical Reflections


Study books

Robert Thurman
The Central Philosophy of Tibet (Speech of Gold on the Indian edition)

Donald S. Lopez
The Madman's Middle Way

John W. Pettit
Mipham's Beacon of Certainty: Illuminating the View of Dzogchen, the Great Perfection

Padmakara Translation Group
The Wisdom Chapter: Jamgön Mipham's Commentary on the Ninth Chapter of The Way of the Bodhisattva

Padmakara Translation Group
Introduction to the Middle Way: Chandrakirti's Madhyamakavatara with Commentary by Ju Mipham

Padmakara Translation Group
The Adornment of the Middle Way: Shantarakshita's Madhyamakalankara with Commentary by Jamgon Mipham


Advanced material

Erik Pema Kunzang (tr.)
Treasures from Juniper Ridge

Erik Pema Kunzang (tr.)
Advice from the Lotus Born

Chögyam Trungpa
The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma (3 vols)

Chögyam Trungpa
Lion's Roar

Chögyam Trungpa
Journey Without a Goal

Chögyam Trungpa
Orderly Chaos: The Mandala Principle

Chögyam Trungpa
Crazy Wisdom

Chögyam Trungpa
Transcending Madness are some of the other books by Trungpa Rinpoche that are favorites of mine.

Dudjom Rinpoche
Perfect Conduct: Ascertaining the Three Vows

Dalai Lama
Tantra in Tibet

Tsele Natsok Rangdrol
Empowerment and the Path of Liberation

Tulku Thondup
Hidden Teachings of Tibet

Thomas Cleary (trans.)
The Blue Cliff Record

Dudjom Rinpoche
The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism: Its Fundamentals and History

Thinley Norbu Rinpoche
Gypsy Gossip and Other Advice

Thinley Norbu Rinpoche
Magic Dance: The Display of the Self-Nature of the Five Wisdom Dakinis

Thinley Norbu Rinpoche
Echoes: The Boudhanath Teachings

Thinley Norbu Rinpoche
White Sail: Crossing the Waves of Ocean Mind to the Serene Continent of the Triple Gems

Thinley Norbu Rinpoche
Sunlight Speech That Dispels the Darkness of Doubt: Sublime Prayers, Praises, and Practices of the Nyingma Masters

Thinley Norbu Rinpoche
Small Golden Key

Thinley Norbu Rinpoche
Welcoming Flowers Across the Threshold of Hope

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Something I wrote back in 2005, a bit postmodern.
Shambhala

A Brief Fantasy History of a Himalayan:
Autobiographical Reflections

Thinley Norbu is the nyingma lineage holder with the most exquisite and refined mastery over the English language. // In this autobiographical narrative, Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche sets a magical scene as he describes his early years in “Snowland” (Tibet) as one of seven children of the renowned Nyingma master Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche. After touching on his youthful training and experiences, Rinpoche describes how…
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The Dharma's Gatekeepers
Sakya Pandita on Buddhist Scholarship in Tibet

If the translators were the scholar's scholars of Tibet, Chak Lotsawa was what might be called a "translator's translator," and he achieved this state by seeking out texts and teachers in India and Nepal. His biography records that "he mastered the entirety of, in general, the five sciences, and in particular, tantra, linguistics, and logic" as a result of his study with twelve great Indian panditas.4' The story of his travels to India to see the great monasteries (viharas), which he undertook in spite of the dangers of repeated military incursions from Turkey, are well worth reading, and I will tell only one highlight. The climax comes perhaps when Chak discovers the great pandita Rahulasribhadra at Nalanda, deserted by his students. The translator stayed with him to study, hid with him when the soldiers arrived, and eventually carried the aged pandita on his back to safety. One can understand why Sa-pans family prevented him from travelling in India as a youth. There were real dangers to this pursuit of pandityam, but the result, evident in Sa-pans praise of Chak's abilities, could well be worth the risk.

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