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When completed, The Library of Tibetan Classics will represent a comprehensive reference library of the most important Tibetan classics embracing the entire spectrum of Tibetan thought and artistic traditions. Such a series will make Tibet’s classical thought truly a world heritage, an intellectual and spiritual resource open to all.

— HIS HOLINESS TENZIN GYATSO, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

 

1.

MIND TRAINING: The Great Collection

Compiled by Shönu Gyalchok and Könchok Gyaltsen (fifteenth century)
Translated by Thupten Jinpa

Compiled in the fifteenth century, Mind Training: The Great Collection is the earliest anthology of a special genre of Tibetan literature known as “mind training,“ or lojong in Tibetan. The principal focus of these texts is the systematic cultivation of such altruistic thoughts and emotions as compassion, love, forbearance, and perseverance. The mind-training teachings are highly revered by the Tibetan people for their pragmatism and down-to-earth advice on coping with the various challenges and hardships that unavoidably characterize everyday human existence.

The volume contains forty-four individual texts, including the most important works of the mind training cycle, such as Serlingpa’s well-known Leveling Out All Preconceptions, Atisha’s Bodhisattva's Jewel Garland, Langri Thangpa's Eight Verses on Training the Mind, and Chekawa's Seven-Point Mind Training together with the earliest commentaries on these seminal texts. An accurate and lyrical translation of these texts, many of which are in metered verse, marks an important contribution to the world’s literary heritage, enriching its spiritual resources.

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2.

THE BOOK OF KADAM: The Core Texts

Attributed by Atisha and Dromtönpa (eleventh century)
Translated by Thupten Jinpa

The Kadam school of Tibetan Buddhism emerged in the eleventh century from the teachings of the Indian master Atisa and his principal Tibetan student, Dromtönpa, Although it no longer exists as an independent school, Kadam's teachings were incorporated into the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism and are still prized today for their unique practical application of the bodhisattva's altruistic ideal in everyday life. One of the most cherished teachings stemming from Atisa and Dromtönpa is the collection of esoteric oral transmissions enshrined in the Book of Kadam. This volume includes the core texts of the Book of Kadam, notably the twenty-three-chapter dialogue between Atisa and Dromtönpa that is woven around Atisa's Bodhisattva's Jewel Garland, as well as complementary texts that illuminate the history and practices of the Kadam tradition.

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3.

THE GREAT CHARIOT: A Treatise on the Great Perfection

Longchen Rapjampa (1308–63)
Translator: Ives Waldo; editor, Constance Miller
IN PROGRESS

4.

TAKING RESULT AS THE PATH: Core Teachings of the Sakya Lamdré Tradition

Jamyang Khyentsé Wangchuk (1524–68) et al.
Translated by Cyrus Stearns
 

The tradition known as the Path with the Result, or Lamdré‚ is the most important tantric system of theory and meditation practice in the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism. This volume contains an unprecedented compilation of eleven vital works from different periods in the history of the Path with the Result in India and Tibet, including the Vajra Lines of the great Indian adept Virupa (ca. seventh-eighth centuries), the basic text of the tradition. The collection also includes six writings by Jamyang Khyentsé Wangchuk (1524-68) and an instruction manual composed by the Fifth Dalai Lama (1617–62). None of the works in this book have ever been published before in any European language, and most of these writings traditionally have been considered secret. The present translation, volume 4 of the Library of Tibetan Classics, has been made with the personal approval and encouragement of His Holiness Sakya Trizin, head of the Sakya tradition.

5.

MAHAMUDRA AND RELATED INSTRUCTIONS: Core Teachings of the Kagyü School

Translated by Peter Alan Roberts

The Kagyü school of Tibetan Buddhism began in the eleventh century with such renowned figures as Marpa and Milarepa, and its seminal meditative traditions are Mahamudra and the six Dharmas of Naropa. Mahamudra teachings focus on the cultivation of profound insight into the nature of the mind, and Mahamudra texts in this volume include a lucid work by the celebrated master Tselé Natsok Rangdröl and works by the twelfth-century master Shang Rinpoche, the great Third Karmapa, the Eighth Tai Situ, and Drukpa Pema Karpo. The volume also contains an inspirational work by Gampopa, the Drigung Kagyü root text The Single Viewpoint, the Sixth Shamarpa's guide to the six Dharmas of Naropa, and finally an overview of tantric practice by Dakpo Tashi Namgyal, author of the famous Moonlight of Mahamudra The texts in this volume were selected by the preeminent scholar of the Kagyü school, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche.

6.

STAGES OF THE PATH AND THE EAR-WHISPERED INSTRUCTIONS: Core Teachings of the Geluk School

Translators: Thupten Jinpa, Geshe Lhakdor Lobsang Jordan
IN PROGRESS

7.

OCEAN OF DEFINITIVE MEANING: A Teaching for the Mountain Hermit

Dölpopa Sherap Gyaltsen (1292–1361)
Translator: Cyrus Stearns
IN PROCESS

8.

MISCELLANEOUS TIBETAN LINEAGES: The Core Teachings

Jamgön Kongtrül (1813–90)

9.

SUTRA, TANTRA AND THE MIND CYCLE: Core Teachings of the Bön School

10.

THE STAGES OF THE DOCTRINE: Selected Key Texts

Translators: David Jackson, Ken Holmes and Ulrike Roesler
IN PROGRESS

11.

THE BODHISATTVA’S ALTRUISTIC IDEAL: Selected Key Texts

Translator: Thupten Jinpa

12.

ETHICS OF THE THREE VOWS: Selected Key Texts

Translators: Geshe Damdul Namgyal, Robert Warren Clark
IN PROGRESS

13.

SADHANAS: Vajrayana Buddhist Meditation Manuals

Translators: Thupten Jinpa, Thomas Troughton
IN PROGRESS

14.

ORNAMENT OF STAINLESS LIGHT: An Exposition of the Kalacakra Tantra

Khedrup Norsang Gyatso (1423–1513)
Translated by Gavin Kilty

The premiere volume of Thupten Jinpa's thirty-two-volume Library of Tibetan Classics, inaugurated to coincide with the Dalai Lama's conferral of the initiation rite of Kalachakra in Toronto in April 2004.

The Kalachakra (literally, "Wheel of Time") tantra, a core practice of Tibetan Buddhism, is a method for transforming the universe by working with the body and mind. This first volume of the Library of Tibetan Classics series was hand-picked by the Dalai Lama—who recognized it as the finest explication of this practice—and overseen by Thupten Jinpa, whose work has been indispensable to Tibetan Buddhism, both in the West and on the whole. Gavin Kilty's fluid translation makes this volume a pleasure to read.

Like its classical Indian predecessor, Stainless Light or Vimalaprabha by Pundarika, Norsang Gyatso's commentary is divided into five sections: (1) the outer world, including the unique Kalachakra cosmology, (2) the inner world of the individual and the subtle nervous system, (3) the Kalachakra initiation rite, (4) the sadhana and generation-stage practices, and (5) the completion-stage practices, including pranayama. Ten appendixes plus a glossary, notes, and bibliography make this an indispensable reference volume on the Kalachakra tantra.

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15.

LAMP ILLUMINATING THE FIVE STAGES: An Extensive Presentation of the Completion Stage of Highest Yoga Tantra

Tsongkhapa (1357–1419)
Translator: Gavin Kilty
IN PROGRESS

16.

STUDIES IN THE PERFECTION OF WISDOM SUTRAS: Three Key Texts

Translator: Gareth Sparham
IN PROGRESS

17.

TREATISES ON THE BUDDHA NATURE: Selected Key Texts

Translator: John Whitney Pettit
IN PROGRESS

18.

DIFFERENTIATION OF THE PROFOUND VIEW: Interpretations of the Philosophy of Emptiness in Tibet

Translator: Guy Martin Newland
IN PROGRESS

19.

CLEAR ELUCIDATION OF THE INTENT: A Thorough Exposition of “Entering the Middle Way”

Tsongkhapa (1357–1419)
Translator: Thupten Jinpa
IN PROGRESS

20.

TIBETAN BUDDHIST EPISTEMOLOGY I: The Sakya School

Translator: Matthew Kapstein

21.

TIBETAN BUDDHIST EPISTEMOLOGY II: The Geluk School

Translator: Sherab Gyatso
IN PROGRESS

22.

TIBETAN BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY AND PHENOMENOLOGY: Selected Texts

Translator: Ian Coglan
IN PROGRESS

23.

ORNAMENT OF HIGHER KNOWLEDGE: A Exposition of Vasubandhu’s “Treasury of Higher Knowledge”

Chim Jampalyang (thirteenth century)
Translator: Ian Coglan
IN PROGRESS

24.

A BEAUTIFUL ADORNMENT OF MOUNT MERU: Presentation of Classical Indian Philosophies

Changkya Rölpai Dorjé (1717–86)
Translator: Donald S Lopez, J

25.

CRYSTAL MIRROR OF PHILOSOPHICAL SYSTEMS: A Tibetan Study of Asian Religions Thought

Thuken Losang Chökyi Nyima (1737–1802)
Translator: Géshe Lhundub Sopa

The Crystal Mirror of Philosophical Systems by Thuken Losang Chokyi Nyima (1737–1802), is arguably the widest-ranging account of religious philosophies ever written in pre-modern Tibet. Like most Tibetan texts on philosophical systems, this work covers the major schools of India, both Buddhist and non-Buddhist, but then goes on to discuss in detail the entire range of Tibetan traditions as well, with separate chapters on the Nyingma, Kadam, Kagyu, Shije, Sakya, Jonang, Geluk, and Bon schools. Not resting there, Thuken goes on to describe the major traditions of China—Confucian, Daoist, and the multiple varieties of Buddhist—as well as those of Mongolia, Khotan, and even Shambhala. The Crystal Mirror of Philosophical Systems is unusual, too, in its concern not just to describe and analyze doctrines, but to trace the historical development of the various traditions. The Crystal Mirror of Philosophical Systems is an eloquent and erudite presentation exploring the religious history and philosophical systems of an array of Asian Cultures—and offering evidence that the serious and sympathetic study of the history of religions has not been a monopoly of Western scholarship.

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SONGS OF SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE AND ADVICE: Selected Poems and Verse

27.

THE WELL-UTTERED INSIGHTS: Advice on Everyday Living, Prudence and Civility

Translator: Elizabeth Newman
IN PROGRESS

28.

MIRROR OF BERYL: A Historical Introduction to Tibetan Medical Science

Desi Sangyé Gyatso (1653–1705)
Translated by Gavin Kilty

Composed while its author was the ruler of Tibet, Mirror of Beryl is a detailed account of the origins and history of medicine in Tibet through the end of the seventeenth century. Its author, Desi Sangyé Gyatso (1653–1705), was the heart disciple and political successor of the Great Fifth Dalai Lama and the author of several highly regarded works on Tibetan medicine, including his Blue Beryl commentary on the foundational text of Tibetan medicine, Four Tantras. In the present historical introduction, Sangyé Gyatso traces the sources of influence on Tibetan medicine to classical India, China, Central Asia, and beyond, providing life stories, extensive references to earlier Tibetan works on medicine, and fascinating details about the Tibetan approach to healing. He also provides a commentary on the pratimoksha, bodhisattva, and tantric Buddhist vows. Desi Sangyé Gyatso's Mirror of Beryl remains today an essential resource for students of medical science in Tibet.

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29.

TIBETAN ASTROSCIENCES: Selected Texts on Tibetan Astronomy and Astrology

Translator: Gavin Kilty
IN PROGRESS

30.

GRAMMAR, LINGUISTICS, AND POETICS: Selected Texts on Tibetan Art and Literature

Translator: Phillipe Turenne

31.

TALES FROM THE TIBETAN OPERAS

32.

HISTORY OF THE DHARMA IN INDIA AND TIBET

Khepa Deu (Twelfth century)
Translator: Dan Martin
IN PROGRESS