People often ask us what books to begin reading about Tibetan Buddhism. There are now thousands of excellent books in English that discuss all aspects of Mahayana and Vajrayana philosophy and practice. We have complied a list of books that may be particularly useful.

Introductory Texts:
“Learning Buddhism The Source of Temporary and Permanent Happiness” by Khenpo Samdup.
This contains a comprehensive and easy to understand introduction to the Buddhist path as presented by the Drikung Kagyu tradition. Written by our own Khenpo Samdup! For ordering information, see the Gar Drolma home page.

“Kindness, Clarity, and Insight” by The Dalai Lama
This best-selling book contains teachings for Western audiences during His Holiness' tours of North America. He covers a wide variety of spiritual and human concerns in a practical and direct manner with his characteristic warmth, wit and perception.

Important Philosophical Texts:

“The Jewel Ornament of Liberation” by Gampopa, Translated by Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen.
This classic text presents a clear and detailed summary of the entire buddhist path according to the Kagyu tradition. Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen, one of the most important teachers in our tradition, has said “Anyone who knows the Jewel Ornament well can say they really understand buddhism.”

The Way of the Bodhisattva (Bodhicaryavatara)” by Shantideva
(various translations). This classic is central to the whole of Mahayana Buddhism. It details the concept of bodhicitta or “enlightened mind”, how to give rise to it, how to maintain it, and how to increase it.

Practice oriented books:
“Mahamudra: EMAHO! How Amazing” by His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche. This book presents transcripts of several practiced oriented talks by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, our center’s spiritual founder.

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