Books That Are A Must-Read!

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Set in the midst of lush tropical forest is the Kechara Forest Retreat, a place designed to develop a perfect balance of total wellness – body, mind and spirit.

Set in the midst of lush tropical forest is the Kechara Forest Retreat, a place designed to develop a perfect balance of total wellness – body, mind and spirit.

A special thanks to His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche and the Kechara Pastors for sharing this wonderful list of books with all of us who are interested in enriching our understanding of Buddhism, whether it is to deepen our own spiritual development and transformation or to master a specific practice.

It is with great honour that I share here with you a recommended list of books featuring erudite masters or experts in the field of Buddhism. These books cover a wide range of topics and they are meant to help spiritual seekers develop stronger faith, cultivate stronger bonds with our teachers and for those who want to commence practising or meditation.

These books are worth reading again and again not only because they candidly recount Buddhist values, but also because they reveal Tibetan Buddhist methods for personal transformation. I hope that you find what you are searching for amongst these books and enjoy them as much as I do in sharing them with you.

Stella Cheang

 


 

Books for novice spiritual seekers

The books listed here are meant as an introduction to Buddhism. These books are the foundation for a more advanced and profound understanding of Buddhist wisdom.

  1. The Awakened One, A Life of the Buddha

The fascinating story of the Buddha’s journey to enlightenment and his teachings.

  1. Dje Tsongkhapa

The life story and selected teachings of the founder of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, affectionately known as the second Buddha.

  1. Introduction to Buddhism, An Explanation of the Buddhist Way of Life

An introductory guide to Buddha’s wisdom and the methods to achieving lasting happiness and contentment.

  1. The Living Buddha Within

An explanation of the mechanisms of life based on fundamental principles of Buddhism.

  1. Compassion Conquers All

Using unconditional love and freedom to let go of our self-centred obsession with our ego.

  1. Food of the Bodhisattvas

A book based on Buddhist scriptures encouraging vegetarianism.

  1. What Makes You Not a Buddhist

In learning about what makes one not a Buddhist, one inevitably learns how to be a Buddhist, the right way.

  1. Dangerous Friend

A study into the intriguing and largely misunderstood relationship between a spiritual teacher and a disciple.

 

Book 1: The Awakened One – A Life of the Buddha

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Author:
Sherab Chödzin Kohn

Description:
This is a fascinating account of Siddhartha Gautama’s journey in search of enlightenment. Siddhartha Gautama is better known as Buddha Shakyamuni. ‘Shakya’ is the name of the royal family into which he was born, and ‘Muni’ means ‘Able One’. He was a prince and son of King Shuddhodana and Queen Mayadevi. He took birth in 624 BC in a place called Lumbini, which is now part of Nepal. Even as a young prince, Siddhartha Gautama witnessed how all living beings are trapped in a vicious cycle of suffering, thus he developed deep compassion for all beings.

At the age of 29, he left his life of luxury to search for the path to liberation. Knowing he would not receive consent from his father, the King, he bid a silent farewell to his wife and son and set out for the far off forests in which holy men lived. Siddhartha Gautama spent the next six years studying with the most famous sages of the time but he did not find an end to suffering. For years he wandered as a homeless ascetic, practising severe austerities that brought him to the brink of death. Yet again he came no nearer to finding the answer to end suffering.

Finally, he realised that he was getting nowhere. Abandoning asceticism, Siddhartha Gautama sat in meditation under a bodhi tree in the town of Bodhgaya. He sat down and vowed that come what may, he would not move until he found an end to sorrow. Although demons tempted him with images of his past and evil spirits brought nightmares upon him, the prince was firm in his resolve to reach his goal. After a night of deep meditation, his enlightenment occurred at dawn, and Siddhartha Gautama was thereafter known as the Buddha, the ‘Awakened One’.

What people say about this book:
“Kohn’s masterful blend of the life and teachings of the Buddha renders this book a valuable guide for those who would follow the path of the Awakened One.” – Publishers Weekly

“A splendid combination of biography and instruction. Highly recommended.” – Library Journal

Why I think you should read this book:
This is the inspirational life story of the founder of one of the world’s oldest and largest religions. It is a well-researched biography of the Buddha without the heaviness that comes with the usual scholastic narration of Buddha’s spiritual awakening. You can expect an enjoyable, insightful, telling and informative story to learn more about how Buddha discovered the supreme method to attain liberation from suffering for oneself and subsequently how to attain full enlightenment, or Buddhahood, for the sake of others. This is a must-read for Buddhists around the world and across all traditions.

 

Book 2: Dje Tsongkhapa

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Author:
Francoise Wang

Description:
This book presents the complete life story of Dje Tsongkhapa (1357-1419), the founder of the Geluk-pa School.

The text compiled and translated from several Tibetan biographies is illustrated by a set of fifteen traditional tankas presently kept in Sera Monastery in South India. It highlights the meditative experiences, the inspiring visions and the extraordinary deeds of this incomparable Master who devoted all his time and energy to the study and combined practice of the Sutras and Tantras.

Traveling to various places, receiving authentic lineages from all the Schools, his Spiritual Guides were eminent figures of the Sakya-pa, Kagyu-pa, Kadam-pa and Nyingma-pa Schools. Yet throughout his life his main Guide was Manjushri himself who during exceptional encounters directly gave him teachings on the Path.

With loving compassion Dje Tsongkhapa unceasingly transmitted the Words of the Buddha and cutting down the veil of ignorance with the sword of wisdom, he made his disciples savor the ambrosia of their deep meaning.

While tremendously contributing to the spiritual life of all the Tibetans by the establishment of the Great Prayer Festival, Dje Tsongkhapa also left a legacy of many treatises and compositions. Among them the Great Exposition on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment as well as many deep commentaries on various Tantras particularly lead countless beings to the state of union of bliss and emptiness and show that Dje Tsongkhapa was not only a great scholar but also a highly accomplished tantric practitioner.

What people say about this book:
“A wonderful collection of texts by one of the greatest Buddhist philosopher-yogis in Central Asian history. Tsongkhapa is often known as an incarnation of Manjushri, the embodiment of the wisdom of the all the Buddhas, and this volume of some of his poems, teachings, mystical experiences and biographical sketch give readers a great glimpse of his remarkable genius.” – Lorne Ladner

Why I think you should read this book:
Tsongkhapa’s life and teachings are a powerful statement of Buddhist practice to inspire us in our practice. It is also a good collection of various texts that give us a good insight into the depth, wisdom and attainments of this great master. This volume overflows with the blessings of Lama Tsongkhapa himself. It also contains a brief and very rare biography of this great master that is a must-read for all devoted Gelug practitioners the world over.

 

Book 3: Introduction to Buddhism – An Explanation of the Buddhist Way of Life

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Author:
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Description:
2,500 years after his passing, the Buddha’s teaching are still relevant and resonates with practitioners today. Beginning with a brief but captivating life story of the Buddha, Introduction to Buddhism is a complete guide that reveals how the Buddha’s extraordinary wisdom contained in his teachings is the unadulterated guide to achieving lasting happiness and liberation from life’s problems.

This book explains the essential principles of the Buddhist way of life and what it means to be a Buddhist. Meditation is explained clearly and concisely as a tool for developing transformative qualities such as inner peace, love and patience. The fundamental principles of Buddhism are elaborated in a manner suitable for both beginners and ardent practitioners.

What people say about this book:
“Geshe Kelsang Gyatso illuminates the very heart of Buddhist thought and practice.” – Booklist

“I love this book. It is written very clearly and simply with examples and stories. It has a gentle tone and is very inspiring. It gives us the confidence to be the best person that we can be.” – Kunden Kelsang

“This book is a wonderful book to begin your journey in exploring Buddhism. The author has written a multitude of books on this aspect of spirituality. The most important detail about this book is that it does not push any beliefs onto the reader. It does not make claims that this is the only way and that you MUST follow this way. It’s a very open and informative way to look at Buddhism…” – Monica Casanova

Why I think you should read this book:
What is so gripping about An Explanation of the Buddhist Way of Life is how the fundamental aspects of the Buddha’s teachings are laid out in a simple and easy-to-understand language for you and me. This book is a great beginner’s guide to Buddhism and how to begin one’s life as a Buddhist practitioner.

 

Book 4: The Living Buddha Within

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Author:
His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche

Description:
Within our daily lives, we experience so many ups and downs but there is a perspective that makes sense of this chaos. His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche highlights this perspective through explaining this life’s journey based on the fundamental teachings of Buddhism.

In his characteristically lucid and straightforward manner, His Eminence introduces the fundamental subjects of reincarnation and karma in a way that anyone can relate to. He also provides practical advice on how we can immediately transform our view and habits so that we can lead a happy and harmonious life and discover the living Buddha within.

What people say about this book:
“This was one of the first books I bought via VajraSecrets. Love this book as it is easy to understand and I found many answers I was seeking. A great read especially for newbies.” – Sharon O.

Why I think you should read this book:
This book sheds light on the fundamental teachings such as right motivation, universal values, reincarnation, karma and so forth. It provides wonderful insight into these profound teachings. Through this book, readers encounter Tsem Rinpoche’s trademark unconventional, contemporary, no-holds-barred approach to delivering the teachings. Thus, this book becomes an instant classic on anybody’s shelf.

 

Book 5: Compassion Conquers All

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Author:
His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche

Description:
Compassion Conquers All unravels the heart of Buddhist wisdom in a modern, clear and concise manner, as elucidated by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, foremost in contemporary Dharma.

Unconditional love and freedom can be attained right now if we let go of our self-centred obsession with our attachments. With these teachings, the very life we are living now, with all its problems, ups and downs can become a road to liberation. Our life experience can be our school of transformation. Everybody becomes our best friend. We become our own best friend. Compassion Conquers All is a powerful teaching to transform our daily lives so they become meaningful and beneficial to others while letting go of everything that holds us back.

Within Tibetan Buddhism, one of the most fundamental teachings is to develop equanimity towards all beings. All beings including ourselves want to be happy and completely free from suffering. In this respect, we are all equal. Ultimately, we learn to cherish all beings as precious and to realise that those we perceive as enemies are in fact, our supreme teachers. In this way, the teachings in Compassion Conquers All eventually lead us to discover that we are the light we have been longing for.

What people say about this book:
“Tsem Rinpoche has profound devotion to the teaching. This care comes through on every page of this book. May his passion, dedication and clarity inspire us to walk the path as straightly as possible and gain the fruits that only heartfelt practice can bring.” – Purna Steinitz, founder of The Event Training, New Line Consulting, and Heart Stream Education

“In Compassion Conquers All, Tsem Rinpoche offers us a fresh take on the timeless wisdom teachings on the Eight Verses of Mind Transformation in a way that will benefit truth seekers from all walks of life. Thank you, Rinpoche, for this gift to the world.” – Chris Grosso, best-selling author of Indie Spiritualist

Compassion Conquers All has given me a new way of understanding the way I do things and to make other people the focus of what I do every day. Surprisingly, it has made difficult situations and everyday living so much lighter and full of peace.” – Gillian Hung, President of Malaysian Official Designers’ Association (MODA)

Why I think you should read this book:
This wonderful book by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche delivers one of the most powerful teachings on mental development in order to generate real compassion. In this book, Rinpoche delivers what is actually a traditional teaching within Tibetan Buddhism – the Eight Verses on Training the Mind. However, it is taught with the sensibility of a modern practitioner. Hence, this book is a powerful teaching that can transform anybody’s life if the lessons are put into practice.

 

Book 6: Food of the Bodhisattvas

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Author:
Shabkar

Description:
This book explains vegetarianism from the standpoint of spirituality and morality. From a Buddhist perspective, all sentient beings have an inherent Buddha nature deep within. One way to nurture this Buddha nature in each one of us is to uproot destructive habits. Buddha’s teachings explain how destructive habits can be examined and transformed gradually from within. The aim of this teaching is to develop true compassion which manifests as sensitivity for the suffering of animals and therefore, vegetarianism becomes a natural choice.

In this book, two texts are presented, one of which is an excerpt from Shabkar’s Book of Marvels. It includes sayings from various Buddhist scriptures and teachings from Tibetan Buddhist masters critical of the consumption of meat along with Shabkar’s own commentary. The second text is the Nectar of Immortality. This is Shabkar’s explanation on the importance of developing compassion for animals.

What people say about this book:
“Over the years, I’ve heard all sorts of arguments for and against being vegetarian. One of the qualities I appreciate about Lama Shabkar was his ability to speak with such authority and yet remain non-judgemental. In this book, Lama Shabkar praises the merit of vegetarianism, making his case from Sutra and Tantra. It certainly gives a Mahayana practitioner food for thought!” – Sean M. Sullivan

“Very good book about vegetarianism in Buddhism.” – Lionel Maslard

Why I think you should read this book:
For those engaging in the Mahayana path, vegetarianism is crucial towards the development of real compassion. Hence, Shabkar was particularly opposed to the consumption of meat. This book reflects Shabkar’s sentiment on this matter and he refers to the great masters, the Mahayana texts and so forth to give further credence to this matter. Thus, this book provides some of the best scriptural basis for vegetarianism that all self-respecting Mahayanists should have on their bookshelf.

 

Book 7: What Makes You Not A Buddhist

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Author:
Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse

Description:
This is a book authored by the acclaimed Bhutanese lama and filmmaker, Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse. He has directed three movies revolving around Buddhist themes: The Cup (1999), Travelers and Magicians (2003), and Vara: A Blessing (2013). He is popular among Western Buddhists because of his artistic way of presenting Buddhist themes.

This book explains what makes a good Buddhist by suggesting what a Buddhist is not. Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse explains how a Buddhist will be able to grasp the meaning of impermanence and not be entrapped by emotions that perpetuate the cycle of sufferings. Apart from that, a Buddhist will be able to seek meaning beyond a superficial fascination with beads, incense or exotic people in robes, and reach the heart of what the Buddha taught. The fundamental tenets of Buddhism are presented in simple language with examples that can be easily related to.

What people say about this book:
“Here at last is a crisp new voice in Tibetan Buddhism…There is much food for thought in this short book for Buddhist students and for anyone interested in the ongoing adaptation of traditional Eastern wisdom into postmodern Western settings.” – Publishers Weekly

“A pleasant refresher or an excellent introduction to Buddhism, even for those who choose not to be Buddhists.” – New Age Retailer

“This short, concise book simply rocks! Incredible introductory Buddhist book for anyone with even the slightest interest of understanding Buddhism. Must read.” – Brandon

Why I think you should read this book:
This is a good read for anyone interested in Buddhism but wants to know more than just the usual spiritual rites. Through this book, one realises how being a good Buddhist is definitely not confined to the clothes you wear, the ceremonies you perform or the meditation you do. Neither is it about what you eat, what you drink or who you have sex with. The meaning of being a good Buddhist is ultimately grounded to the tenets of Buddhism taught by Buddha.

 

Book 8: Dangerous Friend

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Author:
Rig’dzin Dorje

Description:
In the Vajrayana Buddhist tradition, the relationship between a teacher and student is the cornerstone for a student to gain attainments. Vajrayana Buddhism may have grown in popularity but this intriguing part of the teaching remains largely misunderstood. Dangerous Friend explores the mysterious and multifaceted bond in a manner never done before.

Attainments are gained by students on the spiritual path through complete trust in the teacher. The teacher himself or herself must be stable, cultivated, wise, patient, honest and have the qualities of a Guru. Once the teacher-student relationship is formed, there will be serious ramifications on the spiritual path of the student if the relationship is broken.

Through reading Dangerous Friend spiritual seekers can find guidance on meeting and recognising an appropriate teacher, understand the gravity of entering the teacher-student relationship, adopt a genuine Buddhist practice and accept the challenges of being truly kind, honest and courageous.

What people say about this book:
“A vibrant, provocative work.” – Tricycle

“One of the best books on Vajrayana I’ve ever read. Not for beginners, though.” – Heidi Nummi

“This book gives the student guidelines in the requirements needed for entering into a deeper understanding of Buddhism. When one is ready to take a deeper training into the customs, Pujas, Sutras of Buddhism, one might need to seek out a teacher who can guide you deeper into these areas. Finding a teacher to enter into this deeper study requires certain conditions to be met. The Student needs to know what they need to do to prepare for this relationship, and the Student needs to know what the Teacher requires; this book helps one to understand what is needed to enter into this important step in ones Buddhist studies.” – Rex McCoy

Why I think you should read this book:
This book demystifies the sacred teacher-student relationship within traditional Vajrayana Buddhism. It prepares the student with the correct mindset towards the teacher. It is a must-read especially if you are serious in advancing your spiritual journey by following a teacher.

Book list for avid spiritual seekers

For avid spiritual seekers, this is a recommended list of books that give detailed and in-depth teachings on Tibetan Buddhism. These books are compulsory references for serious spiritual seekers. Some of the books come with an easy-to-understand commentary or explanation that modern readers can relate to.

  1. Tsongkhapa – A Simple Guide to a Powerful Practice

A comprehensive guide on the lineage and practice of Lama Tsongkhapa.

  1. The Six Perfections – An Oral Teaching

Learn about the six perfections that give rise to complete enlightenment.

  1. Heart of Wisdom: The Essential Wisdom Teachings of Buddha

A humanised account of the deep and profound Buddhist topic of emptiness.

  1. Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand – A Concise Discourse on the Path to Enlightenment

A pivotal text for the Gelug lineage that guides students to enlightenment in an orderly manner.

  1. The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, Volume One – Volume Three

A careful compilation of Buddhist values by Lama Tsongkhapa that is still being used by many Buddhist schools today.

  1. Wheel of Sharp Weapons

A vital text on spiritual training, based on cause and effect and aimed to strike down inner enemies.

  1. The Fulfillment of All Hopes – Guru Devotion in Tibetan Buddhism

Devoting oneself to a spiritual teacher wholeheartedly is fundamental to gaining spiritual attainments in Tibetan Buddhism.

  1. Tsongkhapa’s Three Principal Paths, with Pabongka’s Commentary, The Principal Teachings of Buddhism

A book by Lama Tsongkhapa that condenses the principal teachings of Buddhism into three principal paths.

  1. The Bodhisattva Vow
  • The Way of White Clouds
  • A concise text for advanced spiritual practitioners on how to take and maintain the Bodhisattva vow.

     

    Book 9: Tsongkhapa – A Simple Guide to a Powerful Practice

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    Author:
    His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche

    Description:
    A masterpiece by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche introducing Lama Tsongkhapa’s beneficial teachings and practice to spiritual seekers everywhere. This book contains a short biography of Tsongkhapa, a complete commentary of Tsongkhapa’s Guru Yoga as well as a clear and concise guide to commence the practice.

    Tsongkhapa – A Simple Guide to a Powerful Practice offers potential practitioners the knowledge to understand the history and background of the great Mahasiddha Lama Tsongkhapa, his lineage and the benefits of his practice.

    This practice is especially suited for lay people with contemporary lifestyles, who are busy and have many responsibilities, often juggling between work and family. The practice helps to clear illness, lighten depression, reduce loneliness and bring harmony, stability and peace to our homes. With the correct motivation, this practice is a wish-fulfilling jewel that can make our aspirations come true.

    What people say about this book:
    “Concise, powerful, a treasured companion. From afar I have learned from the great teacher Tsem Rinpoche via his YouTube videos. I recently discovered this guide to Tsongkhapa practice, and have now read it three times, and practiced many times. Just as his videos contain so many treasures, this book is genuinely a jewel. While short, concise and to the point, it is a full practice, commentary and history of the great sage Lama Tsongkhapa. It has helped illuminate my practice and empower my life. Many thanks to Tsem Rinpoche, a great modern teacher. I carry it with me in my day bag, so that I can spontaneously practice anywhere. I read it again when I need inspiration. I highly recommend this book to anyone.” – Derek

    Why I think you should read this book:
    This book is the perfect guide to commence your meditation practice centred on the wonderful and healing Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa any time and anywhere. It is a must-read, which can be revisited and re-read on a regular basis to deepen one’s understanding of Lama Tsongkhapa’s practice, meditations, lineage and benefits.

     

    Book 10: The Six Perfections – An Oral Teaching

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    Author:
    Geshe Sonam Rinchen

    Description:
    The six perfections, namely generosity, ethical discipline, patience, enthusiastic effort, concentration, and wisdom are virtues to be practised by Bodhisattva aspirants. The Six Perfections describe the true qualities and nature of an enlightened being, which is to say our own true nature. If they do not seem to be our true nature, it is because the perfections are obscured by our delusion, anger, greed and fear.

    The six perfections are to be practised with selflessness and non-attachment, for the benefit of others. Each of the six perfections supports the other five and the order in which the perfections are practised is also significant. Hence this book is a guide to practising the six perfections that give rise to complete enlightenment.

    What people say about this book:
    “It speaks to the heart and connects with the mind.” – Explorations

    “It is one of the most important books I’ve read about Buddhism, and I’ve read a lot of them. I was pleasantly surprised at the ability of Geshe Sonam in explaining the six perfections and how they apply to daily life. Generosity, Ethics, Patience, Concentration, Wisdom and Effort are the six virtues which are most important for developing happiness and inner peace. This book is a must for the spiritual seeker, both experienced or beginner.” – A Reader

    Why I think you should read this book:
    This is the ultimate handbook on practising and accomplishing the Six Perfections. The comprehensive commentary and explanations contained within help the reader to discover for themselves the benefits of practising the perfections, and be guided to apply them in daily life in a simple, easy and accessible manner.

     

    Book 11: Heart of Wisdom – The Essential Wisdom Teachings of Buddha

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    Author:
    Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

    Description:
    The Heart of Wisdom is a modern exposition of the deep and profound Heart Sutra. The Heart Sutra is the best known and most popular of the Mahayana Buddhist scriptures. It contains the essence of Buddha’s teachings on emptiness and the methods to develop the wisdom that understands this ultimate reality.

    In this book, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso explains the Heart Sutra on both an explicit and implicit level. He connects the dots between reality, how the mind works and how both relate to the five Mahayana paths that lead to full enlightenment. He also explains how an initial understanding of emptiness can be used to overcome both internal obstacles such as our own emotions and external obstacles that impede our happiness.

    What people say about this book:
    “Excellent commentary to two concepts central to Mahayana Buddhism: love and compassion.” – Garydtee

    “An amazing book that helps us to better understand the nature of reality and our daily existence. Helps bring clarity to our interactions with the world around us and all of the living beings in it. One of my favorites!” – Elizabeth Jones

    “The bullets for this book say things like: Are things as solid and real as they appear? Realize the truth behind appearances. Discover the dream-like nature of our world. Cultivate the wisdom that liberates the mind. I couldn’t resist reading the book after this, and I was not even slightly let down – the author delivers answers. It requires careful reading, but is well worth the effort – showing how we are the architects of our own reality on every single level. Quantum physicists would love this book. So would anyone who is really seeking to understand the relationship between our mind and our world.” – Trudy Jim

    Why I think you should read this book:
    This book clears any doubts that you may have on the subject of emptiness and the origin of reality. It provides answers instead of creating more questions, and it is an absolute must-read to study and gain a clearer understanding of the Buddhist path. Studying this book deepens one’s conviction in the Buddhist faith. Hence it is a suitable text for practitioners from all traditions.

     

    Book 12: Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand – A Concise Discourse on the Path to Enlightenment

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    Author:
    Pabongka Rinpoche and Trijang Rinpoche

    Description:
    A pivotal text within the Gelug lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand presents the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, also known as the Lam Rim. The book is a translated version of the original Tibetan text. Trijang Rinpoche, the tutor to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, recorded and edited his notes from Pabongka Rinpoche’s famous 24-day teaching given in 1921. Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand weaves together lively stories and quotations with frank observations and practical advice to guide readers step by step along the journey to Buddhahood.

    This book has become a fundamental resource in classes at Buddhist centres the world over, especially since the teachings within it come from a great lineage of enlightened masters, and has been checked and debated by many masters since its completion by Trijang Rinpoche. Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand is a text that alleviates depression or unhappiness. Through the teachings, you can develop the altruistic motivation for the benefit of others. It teaches correct view, effort, equality, respect, gratitude and forgiveness. Most importantly, this book provides the map to enlightenment.

    What people say about this book:
    “A comprehensive, accessible, straightforward guide on how to meditate on each step of the path.” – Tricycle

    “I feel this guide has given me a friend whom I may consult and appreciate through the years.” – The Reader’s Review

    “The richest and most enjoyable volume from the Lam Rim tradition published to date.” – Golden Drum

    Why I think you should read this book:
    This is the one book you must read to deepen your spiritual knowledge. It is the absolute text that will bring you to a higher state of mind, collect tremendous merits, correct erroneous thoughts on reality and bestow great accomplishments. The benefits of this text are countless. It is concise yet comprehensive, and encompasses all aspects of Buddhism as a path to ultimate liberation. This is the ultimate book for advanced practitioners as well as beginners in the study and practice of Buddhism.

     

    Book 13: The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, Volume One – Volume Three (Lam Rim Chen Mo)

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    Author:
    Lama Tsongkhapa

    Description:
    The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lam rim chen mo) is revered as one of the most important sacred scriptures of the world. The author, Lama Tsongkhapa (1357 – 1419), completed this masterpiece in 1402. Since then it has become one of the most renowned works of spiritual practice and philosophy in the world of Buddhism. Tsongkhapa took great pains to base his penetrating insights on classical Indian Buddhist literature, illustrating his points with classical citations as well as with sayings from masters of the Kadampa tradition. In this way, the text demonstrates clearly how Tibetan Buddhism carefully preserved and developed the Indian Buddhist traditions.

    • Volume One covers all practices that are prerequisite for developing the spirit of enlightenment (bodhicitta).
    • Volume Two explains how to train in the six perfections in order to develop the heart of compassion indispensable for any student who wants to put the Dharma into practice.
    • Volume Three contains a presentation of the two most important topics to be found in the Great Treatise: meditative serenity (shamatha) and supramundane insight into the nature of reality (vipasyana).

    What people say about this book:
    “One of the greatest religious or secular works in the library of our human heritage.” – Robert A. F. Thurman

    “A must-read for anyone seeking to better understand the principles of Buddhism as well as an effective manual for spiritual self-improvement.” – Bookwatch Review

    Why I think you should read this book:
    A three-volume book consisting of Buddha’s 84,000 teachings transmitted directly by the second Buddha, the Great Lama Tsongkhapa. An essential read to deepen your understanding for higher learning of Buddhist principles and applying them in day-to-day practice. This book is suitable for both monastic and lay practitioners of all traditions.

     

    Book 14: Wheel of Sharp Weapons

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    Author:
    Dharmaraksita

    Description:
    The Wheel of Sharp Weapons is considered one of the most important and influential texts in the large corpus of Mahayana literature. It deals with the training of the mind on the spiritual path. It was composed by the great Indian Yogi Dharmaraksita. From among his numerous disciples, Dharmaraksita transmitted these teachings to Atisha (982 – 1054) and from there it passed down through an unbroken lineage of great masters. The commentary to the Wheel of Sharp Weapons was given by Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey.

    The Wheel of Sharp Weapons lends two perspectives to our spiritual training. One perspective is that of cause and effect, better known as karma; it characterises how selfish motivations lead to the ripening of unhappiness in the future. The other perspective is using the Wheel of Sharp Weapons as a device to strike down our inner enemy. In a nutshell, in practising the Bodhisattva path, one must become similar to a peacock as mentioned in the text. The peacock is able to rake adverse conditions and transform them into springboards for inner transformation on the path to enlightenment.

    What people say about this book:
    “This is a great read. Straight forward and direct. I enjoyed it immensely. Maybe if I persist in studying it I will understand it one day.” – Rick

    “This book is a must read for anyone wishing to deepen their understanding of karma. It is not easy reading, but beautifully written.” – Sandi

    Why I think you should read this book:
    Reading a text like the Wheel of Sharp Weapons will give you the sense that all the problems created in this life is the result of our self-cherishing mind that possesses strong grasping of the self over others. It gives you a good sense on what and which area to work on so that you will not fall into the same conundrum over again, both in this life and in future lives. A good book for aspirants seeking higher spiritual training as well as for the self-help enthusiast who needs a comprehensive guide to understanding the causes for suffering and the basis for self-improvement.

     

    Book 15: The Fulfillment of All Hopes – Guru Devotion in Tibetan Buddhism

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    Author:
    Lama Tsongkhapa

    Description:
    In Tibetan Buddhism tradition, it is of the utmost importance to have a spiritual teacher. Devoting oneself to a spiritual teacher is fundamental to the highest form of spiritual practice in Tibetan Buddhism. Yet guru devotion is largely misunderstood. Guru devotion requires the student to develop total conviction that the guru is a Buddha — a prerequisite for receiving further tantric initiation. Only a guru can show the way as he himself has already gained these achievements. If the student doubts the guru’s competence and ability to guide, it will nullify the spiritual practices and the student will not be able to make any tangible progress.

    Ashvagosha’s 50 Verses of Guru Devotion is the most comprehensive summary of devoting oneself to the guru by means of action. The specific commentaries are given in Lama Tsongkhapa’s The Fulfillment of All Hopes, accompanied by the original Tibetan text. Since the 50 Verses of Guru Devotion outlines how disciples should act with their guru, it is customarily taught before a tantric initiation is given. Once a guru-disciple relationship has been established, disciples are taught guru devotion and the common path of renunciation, bodhicitta and the correct view of emptiness.

    What people say about this book:
    “A book for all truth-seekers!” – EAST-WEST

    “How to relate to teachers in the most beneficial way is still a major problem for those new to Tibetan Buddhism, yet is essential for progress on the path. This is a welcome clarification.” – The Middle Way

    Why I think you should read this book:
    Do you find it difficult to understand the concept of Guru Devotion? Many do. Yet, it is the singular, most pivotal element of practice that determines the achievement of spiritual attainments. This is the book that reminds you of your guru’s kindness in teaching Dharma, and that he confers initiations and transmits teachings of unbroken lineages that come from the Buddha himself. Without the guru, you will not understand the Dharma, and hence will be unable to gain any spiritual attainments. It is only logical because if you do not respect the state of Buddhahood he represents, how can you hope to attain it?

     

    Book 16: Tsongkhapa’s Three Principal Paths, with Pabongka’s Commentary, The Principal Teachings of Buddhism

    pic17 Principal teachings of Buddhism

    Author:
    Lama Tsongkhapa

    Description:
    Tsongkhapa’s masterpiece appears here with a commentary by the illustrious Pabongka Rinpoche (1878 – 1941), generally regarded as the foremost Tibetan teacher of Buddhism of the last century. This work has been translated by Geshe Lobsang Tharchin, one of the last Buddhist masters of old Tibet. The three principal paths are renunciation, the wish for enlightenment (or bodhicitta) and the correct view of emptiness.

    When the mind is filled with these three thoughts when practising Buddhism, the practitioner will see a true transformation in their life. This book serves to guide spiritual aspirants to develop renunciation towards worldly affairs and develop an altruistic mind that aspires to become a Buddha for the sake of every living being. When the mind is imbued with the correct view, it will be able to serve as the antidote out of the cycle of life.

    What people say about this book:
    “This is a highly accessible exposition of the three principal paths of Buddhism, being renunciation, the wish to achieve enlightenment for all sentient beings and the correct view (the wisdom realising emptiness). Based on a poem written by one of the most precious masters of Tibetan Buddhism Lama Tsong-Kha-Pa, the commentary is relatively brief yet lacks nothing in detail. The small size of the book makes it both a wonderful reference work and perfect travelling companion. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Tibetan Buddhism.” – Amazon Customer

    “A comprehensive, weighty look at Buddhism from the master who taught the first Dalai Lama.” – Cyndee

    Why I think you should read this book:
    Generally speaking, people during our time are educated, sensitive, caring, generous and living in abundance. Yet, the availability of so much material wants does not make people happier. Despite the self-help books on the shelves regarding emotional well-being, many still feel confused, lack self-confidence and wallow in self-blaming. The Three Principal Paths teaches us the correct motivation and perspective to develop our minds and achieve sustainable happiness.

     

    Book 17: The Bodhisattva Vow

    pic18 Bodhisattva Vows

    Author:
    Geshe Sonam Rinchen

    Description:
    Bodhisattvas, the great beings of Buddhism, are those who have generated bodhicitta, resolving to gain enlightenment in order to bring about lasting happiness for all living beings. This requires engaging in the marvellous activities of Bodhisattvas. In order to engage in these activities and live the life of an authentic Bodhisattva, one takes the Bodhisattva vow.

    The Bodhisattva Vow and the short text known as the Twenty Verses on the Bodhisattva Vow by the Indian master Chandragomin discuss some of the most important details regarding the vow, such as from whom it should be taken, how one should prepare for receiving it, what constitutes transgressions of the vow and how they should be purified.

    What people say about this book:
    “Tells the reader in a clear and accessible manner about the first steps one should take in order to enter the Bodhisattva practice…Highly recommended.” – Tibet Journal

    Why I think you should read this book:
    When you study and practise according to the teachings of any lineage, you must always develop the strong motivation of concern for the well-being of all sentient beings. The Bodhisattva vow is the heart of this Mahayana practice that leads you to generate the noble wish to gain enlightenment for the sake of all living beings. Definitely a book that eager practitioners should not miss to study.

     

    Book 18: The Way of White Clouds

    WayOfWhiteCloudsBook

    Author:
    Anagarika Govinda

    Description:
    The Way of the White Clouds is the remarkable narrative of a pilgrimage which could not be made today. Lama Anagarika Govinda was among the last to journey through Tibet before its invasion by the Chinese. His unique account is not only a spectacular and gloriously poetic story of exploration and discovery, it is also invaluable for its sensitive and clearly presented interpretation of the Tibetan tradition.

    A devoted Buddhist and a spokesman for Tibetan culture, Lama Anagarika Govinda was one of the last foreigners to journey through Tibet before the Chinese invasion of 1950. Govinda’s luminous and candid account is a spectacular and gloriously poetic story of exploration and discovery, and a sensitive and lucid interpretation of Tibetan traditions. Comprised of elements from several genres – spiritual journals, adventure narratives, anthropological field reports, and philosophical commentaries, The Way of the White Clouds is one of the twentieth century’s classic spiritual autobiographies and an invaluable document about a place and a way of thinking that are virtually defined by their mysteries.

    What people say about this book:
    “It tells of terrible journeys, of men masked against the sun (riding through ethereal regions with their feet frozen), of welcoming fog-girt monasteries lit by butter lamps at the journey’s end” – New Statesman

    Why I think you should read this book:
    Lama’s Anagarika Govinda true-life accounts of his travels and learning take readers back to old Tibet. But more than that, he transports readers to into the heart of Tibetan Buddhism from a Western perspective, making the ancient religion accessible to modern practitioners.

     
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    1. Jacinta on Jul 29, 2017 at 11:49 am

      Dear Stella,

      I have read some and others have not. Some of the books like Bodhisattva Vows, I do have two different books by different authors. I find these books mentioned above are very essential and should be read from time to time.

      If I were given the only choice to buy one of the book, then I will prefer Lamrim, ” Liberation in the Palm of your Hand” by Kyabje Panbongka Rinpoche as the main. That will be good enough, and it’s the best I must say. For other Lamrims such as from those Gelug and Kagyupa schools, I do have that and love it lots. I prefer classics books for they can offer more hindsights into the practice of Buddhism. If I can suggest another author, I will suggest Venerable Chogyam Trungpa’s book.

      Thank you Stella for this article.

    2. Marek on Jan 9, 2017 at 6:22 pm

      bones of the master by George Crane

    3. Marek on Jan 7, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      Buddhist Goddesses of India by Miranda Shaw

    4. Marek on Jan 7, 2017 at 5:24 pm

      Gods of Northern Buddhism by Alice Getty

    5. Marek on Jan 7, 2017 at 5:19 pm

      His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His_Dark_Materials
      perhaps made more of an impact in Anglophonic countries such as UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand than elsewhere, however, you, dear websurfer can read and write English – so go ahead – you have nothing to lose other than having your curiosity TEMPORARILY satisfied – noone should never have their curiosity completely satisfied

    6. Marek on Jan 5, 2017 at 10:21 pm

      Scepticism Inc by Bo Fowler

    7. Marek on Jan 4, 2017 at 1:22 am

      books by Robert Beer and Keith Dowman, as is Gods of Northern Buddhism

    8. Marek on Jan 4, 2017 at 12:32 am

      Way of Tibetan Buddhism by Lama Jampa Thaye, The Splendor of an Autumn Moon by Je Tsongkhapa, Enlightened Beings by Janice D Willis

    9. Marek on Jan 3, 2017 at 11:47 pm

      also recommend Complete Idiot’s guide to understanding Buddhism, Buddhism for Dummies, The Buddhist Handbook by John Snelling, many books by Donald S Lopez, The Life of The Buddha by Tenzin Chogyel, Buddhism plain and simple by Steve Hagen, Old Path White Clouds by Thich Nhat Hanh (made me cry) – another good source would be to ask at local (non denomintaional) schools what books they suggest on Buddhism when their pupils/students are studying about world religions, local libraries, Universities and of course many Temples/Buddhist Centres often have libraries, also – many Buddhists have been known to sponsor free Buddhist texts for distribution at Temples – lovely

    10. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 24, 2016 at 2:18 am

      Thank you Stella for introducing us to all these books, these are essential topics for us to learn for our spiritual growth.

    11. Alice Tay on Aug 11, 2016 at 9:08 pm

      Thank you Rinpoche and Stella sharing this recommendation of books that must read.

      There are 2 books that I like the most, Tsongkhapa – A Simple Guide to a Powerful Practice and Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand – A Concise Discourse on the Path to Enlightenment. In Tsongkhapa – A Simple Guide to a Powerful Practice, we can know the guru and lineage, the brief biography of Lama Tsongkhapa and most importantly it contains Lama Tsongkhapa’s practice. I have read this book in English version and Chinese version too. Sometimes, I will refer to this book to clear my doubts especially in the part of Lama Tsognkhapa’s practice.

      For Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand , it is a very comprehensive teachings given by Pabongka Rinpoche with the practical advice to guide readers step by step along the journey to Buddhahood. Same as Tsongkhapa – A Simple Guide to a Powerful Practice, I have this book in English and Chinese version which I think it is good for me to have these 2 versions for my better understanding. Furthermore, I am grateful that Kechara House held the dharma class and refer to this Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand as the core teaching. This is a good opportunity for us to learn and understand easily the teaching in Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand .

    12. yikming on Aug 8, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      Stella, Thanks for the compilation of the recommended books. Gonna be a chase list.
      Cheers,
      yikming

    13. Pastor KH Ng on Aug 8, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      Dear Stella,

      Thank for the concise compilation of 17 books. These books will definitely enhance our understanding of Buddhism and especially the practices of Mahayana Tibetan Buddhism and the practices of the Gelug School in particular.

      I read some of the book and my favourites must be “Compassions Conquer All”, “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” and “Introduction to Buddhism”. The last gave a framework of Buddhism and particularly Lama Tsongkhapa’s path; “Liberation…” of course is the great Lamrim text that is our “bible” which gave detailed dharma and practices while “Compassion…” is precisely Rinpoche’s instructions to students to practice mind transformation, which is our main practice.

      I am eager to read those that I have not; some I have acquired but not read.

      Thank You again and Thank You Rinpoche!

    14. Valentina Suhendra on Aug 8, 2016 at 11:07 am

      Dear Stella

      Thank you for writing this book recommendation. I can definitely see that I have read some of the books you recommended and I agree with you that they are great books that help me a lot in increasing my understanding of Dharma.

      Therefore I trust the remaining recommendations are also great books :). Thank you again Stella

      Valentina

    15. Echeah on Aug 8, 2016 at 2:01 am

      Thanks Stella for the great write-up. They are all definitely must-reads.
      Book 12: Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand – A Concise Discourse on the Path to Enlightenment by Pabongka Rinpoche and Trijang Rinpoche, i.e. the Lamrim, is one that all serious dharma students should have, not only to read but study, contemplate and apply. In it, we learn the actual path to enlightenment.

    16. Fong on Aug 6, 2016 at 6:49 pm

      Thank you for the synopsis and reviews of these books. There are just so very many books to read and don’t know where to start. It helps us to narrow down the list to decide which read first.

      Thank you for compiling this list to help us.

    17. samfoonheei on Aug 6, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      Thank you Stella for sharing the wonderful collection of books for us to read and understand better about Buddhism. There is so many books for us to choose.The description of each book is clearly explain, made it easy for us to choose.I have not got any of those books yet but will try to get it .All these books reminds us of our guru’s kindness in teaching Dharma to us.
      Thanks again.

    18. Carmen Koo on Aug 5, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      Dear Stella,

      Thank you for the recommendations on the books that are a must read for spiritual seekers and aspirants.

      Your list is concise, and your summary, captivating, to draw the attention of the reader to pick these books up.

      I have not finished reading any of these books, but what i’ve managed to read so far, they’re definitely enlightening and gives you much more extension and depths to your thoughts, and guides you to change the way you are.

      For example, Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand – A Concise Discourse on the Path to Enlightenment, also known as the Lamrim, is considered the bible for Buddhists. Following it and practising it, it guides you to enlightenment. Lama Tsongkhapa first wrote the Lamrim Chenmo, which he summarised from various teachings, and then Pabongka Rinpoche gave a discourse on the Lamrim over 24 days. It was said that thousands of people attended the teachings, yet, everyone heard his teachings so clearly, without the help of what we use today – microphones. So the Lamrim is a guided path, comprising of the entire doctrine of teachings, in a book, made for us to read, understand, practice and transform! It is more precious than gold!

      For those who want, some of the books above can be bought online from:

      http://www.vajrasecrets.com

      Carmen

    19. Yin Lin on Aug 5, 2016 at 12:42 am

      A compact list of books that depict the essence of buddism. For those who wish to gain an insight into or even enhance their understanding of buddhism, this is definitely a good place to set out on the journey.

    20. Corinne on Aug 4, 2016 at 11:22 pm

      hi Stella. This is a great article that comes in handy like a compass to many others, like an e-bookstore. I am amazed at the list of books that are available. Great compilation!

      • Stella Cheang on Aug 4, 2016 at 11:26 pm

        Thank you Corinne. These books are suitable for both novice and avid Buddhist practitioners, please feel free to share with others.

    21. Lin Mun on Aug 4, 2016 at 10:42 pm

      Thanks Stella for your recommendation and providing us a review on the contents of each book.

      I am grateful to all the high lamas for writing so many Buddhism books that are suitable for everyone. With the availability of the books, may more people read, learn and transform themselves.

    22. Jill Yam on Aug 4, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      So many books to enhance our knowledge and we learn new things everyday.
      I love the book ‘The Living Buddha Within’. It is easy to understand as Rinpoche explain clearly how karma and reincarnation works. We may not have found our true nature but there’s really a living Buddha within us. It’s for us to discover it.
      The next important book to read is of course the Lamrim which H.H. Pabongka Rinpoche gave these precious 24 days teachings which is also the guide to Enlightenment.
      Some of the other books I have read and now I need to get hold of those that I don’t have.

      Thank you Stella for introducing the above must read books to us.

      Jill Yam

    23. Uncle Eddie on Aug 4, 2016 at 11:02 am

      Many grateful thanks to His Eminence, The 25th Tsem Rinpoche and his wonderful devoted group of deep caring pastors for sharing this useful Name-list of relative books for us to make references or in case of need for our spiritual knowledge of learning and seeking. Yes we greatly appreciate our Guru, Rinpoche for his sincere concern and compassionate caring for our spiritual needs. Rinpoche like all great masters embody what he teaches and preaches! He invites us to learn from his insight expertized teachings and experiences, and encourages us to evolve our own journey of learning in personal growth. Like his well-meant advice always hinted to us: “The Journey is the Destination, the Time is to embark on it – There are no short-cuts on the Path……. No weekend, week long, or short courses to happiness and enlightenment. The Journey is the Destination, and the time to embark on it is the “ever-unfolding present” with its Leadership”. Rinpoche has vigorously advised us to begin this journey with him, being one with great spiritual and religious experiences, and one who had “gone through ‘hell and back’ to help us fulfill our destiny fearlessly with great determination together! OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA.

    24. sonny tan on Aug 4, 2016 at 10:54 am

      Thank you Stella for presenting to us this amazing collection on Buddhism, it must have taken you quite a while to do extensive research and culminating in a very informative insight into basic life of Lord Buddha, Lama Tsongkhappa and many other illustrious teachers of the past and present as well as our own guru His Eminence Tsem Tulku Rinpoche teachings. A priceless treasure if I may add.
      It is indeed delightful to notice some of the more prominent books that many would love to be owner of such as ‘Liberation in the Palm of your Hands’ by Pabongka Rinpoche and ‘A Simple Guide to a Powerful Practice’ by Rinpoche. I would love to purchase all as these are gems too invaluable to miss owning.
      Last week at our dharma class the subject was ‘The Eight Verses of Mind Transformation’ Pastor Han Nee emphasize the importance of owning this book ‘Compassion Conquers All’ by Rinpoche and I find it very penetrative and I am looking forward to add this to my collection.

    25. Sofi on Aug 4, 2016 at 6:40 am

      Thank you Stella for sharing the list of “books that are a must read”. I have read a few books on the list but will need to spend sometime to start on the others. I liked “The Living Buddha Within” as it was interesting short stories and I had given many to people I have met as its light and a good introduction to Buddhism through Rinpoche. Another which we definite must read is “The Lamrim”, the 24 days teachings by H.H Pabongka Rinpoche and written by H.H. Trijang Rinpoche. Hmm the picture and title “Dangerous Friend” caught my eyes and I look forward to reading the book to prepare myself for the correct way to be our Guru.
      May the books bless every reader with the holy words within and may we have the merits to digest and understand the words and meanings. _()_

    26. Karen on Aug 3, 2016 at 7:48 pm

      I like The Wheel of Sharp Weapons. It’s the mirror to our life, it demonstrates how we are the creator of all our of sufferings and problems or happiness. Without understanding the basic knowledge of how karma is formed and how our actions related to it. In The Wheel of Sharp Weapons, we can understand how our specific actions can lead to specific results, and we can learn the reasons for our experiences and what we need to do if we want the unhappiness and dissatisfaction to stop.

      For example in one of the verses, it says when one suffers from great hunger, thirst and shelter, this hardship is created by one cheating others or stealing from others food, shelter, etc. Whatever actions we committed and made others suffered, we have to bear the same sufferings in the future. This makes a lot of sense and logical.

      Below is the talk from Tsem Rinpoche about The Wheel of Sharp Weapons few years ago:

      https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-wheel-of-sharp-weapons.html

    27. William Chua on Aug 3, 2016 at 7:36 pm

      Very concise summary of the books that will widen our knowledge in Buddhism. Thank you Stella.

      The book which I have read “Compassion Conquers All” explains a lot on the eight verses of Mind transformation where we put others above ourselves even though they are our enemies. This is practice which will slowly scrape off our ego. VEry good read and even better when practices.

      The book I am looking forward to read is the Wheel of Sharp weapons. It will definitely enlighten me on whatever we do has effects on on us. It is the law of cause and effect; karma. And we cannot escape from karma.

    28. Wylfred Ng on Aug 3, 2016 at 7:31 pm

      谢谢Stella 的分享。

      在十七本书中, 我读过且最喜欢的就是第九本:《宗喀巴大师–强大力量的简易修行》 与及第十二本:《菩提道次第–掌中解脱》

      《宗喀巴大师–强大力量的简易修行》 所说的就是十四世纪一代大师, 也是藏传佛教格鲁传承的祖师, 宗喀巴大师的生平及宗喀巴大师上师瑜伽法的解释。

      这本书清楚及简单说明了宗喀巴大师上师瑜伽法的重要性, 也清楚解释了七支文的意义及观想。 在很多主尊仪轨里都包含了七支文, 所以这本书的内容不只是单单是宗喀巴大师上师瑜伽法而已, 它也让我们更容易了解其他仪轨。

      《菩提道次第–掌中解脱》 是帕绷喀仁波切根据宗喀巴大师的菩提道次第广论浓缩成二十四天教授, 然后有赤江仁波切集结而成。 我很喜欢这本书是因为这本书简单易明, 也是佛陀讲法的精华所在。

      其他书如果有机会的话也会请购来阅读。

      谢谢

    29. Sock Wan on Aug 3, 2016 at 7:11 pm

      Thank you Stella for sharing with us the ‘Must-read’ book. Even though the books are written by different authors, the teachings are essentially the same, they are all teachings from Buddha Shakyamuni.

      If you are looking for just one book that covers all 84000 teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni, the book “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” will be the best book to get. You will be able to learn why do we need an altar, what is karma, the role of the teacher, etc. With better understanding of the “whys” you will be able to practice with faith and see the progress.

    30. Carsden on Aug 3, 2016 at 7:01 pm

      Reading is really a great way to expand one’s knowledge. I have not read any of these books before, but after reading the synopsis of each books, I will definitely grab one (maybe more) home.

      Thank you Stella for this great article!

    31. jerry_sito on Aug 3, 2016 at 6:58 pm

      感谢stella对于这17本书的分享,

      高僧大德们总是透过不同的方式来弘扬佛法,无论是庄严的,轻松的,善巧的,或是以透过声音,或透过文字,都是这些高僧大德们希望我们能够在不同的管道中得闻佛法,并学习佛法运用到我们生活当中。

      在这17本书中,对我印象最深的就是由尊贵的第廿五世詹杜固仁波切的教诲编辑而成的《宗喀巴大师》,我记得我刚接触克切拉时,他们告诉我说要每一年重复读这一本书,将会有不同的理解,或是因为我们常常在忙碌的都市生活中打转,对于一些仪轨,观想或开示我们都会变得模糊甚至完全忘记,而重复读这一本书能够提醒与勾起我们的佛法印记,帮助我们在修持的道路上继续成长,而这一部本书也非常详细地解释了关于宗喀巴大师的修持法的益处,方法,观想等等,是对于我们非常重要的一部书。

      谢谢
      Jerry Sito

    32. Paul Yap on Aug 3, 2016 at 5:13 pm

      Lots of wonderful Dharma books to read, by understanding more dharma knowledge we can benefit oneself, family and friends this life and many lifes time to come.

    33. Joy on Aug 3, 2016 at 4:35 pm

      These are some of my all time favourites!
      – Compassion Conquers All
      – Food of the Bodhisattvas
      – Dangerous Friend
      – Wheel of Sharp Weapons
      – Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand – A Concise Discourse on the Path to Enlightenment
      and everything else here which I am dying to read one day.

      I remembered when I first started and one of the first Buddhism books I read in Rinpoche’s library was Introduction to Buddhism by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso… I thought at that time… wow finally a clear, straightforward, concise book of Tibetan Buddhism that really helped me understood the spiritual in which I was about to embark.

      Anyway, thanks to our dear Dharma sister Stella Cheang… who has done a fab job in reviewing each of these books… now you can have a synopsis before venturing into any of them which is indeed all precious nectar of enlightened wisdom.

    34. Andrew on Aug 3, 2016 at 10:15 am

      Very insightful indeed

      • Pastor Shin Tan on Aug 3, 2016 at 10:30 am

        Dear Andrew,
        Thank you for your comment. Stella and the team did a great job. Perhaps you can share with us by leaving a comment after you have read any of the books. Happy reading!

    35. Rei Xiao on Aug 3, 2016 at 9:51 am

      Thanks for sharing. where can I borrow these books for reading?

      • Stella Cheang on Aug 3, 2016 at 10:00 am

        Hi Rei,

        Thank you for your comment. Almost all of the books are available online e.g. Amazon.com and Vajrasecrets.com, you may find the titles you are looking for there. We do have a collection of selected books at our temple located at Kechara House, Sunwaymas PJ. Some of the books are available for loan.

        No. 7, Jalan PJU 1/3G,
        Sunwaymas Commercial Centre,
        47301 Petaling Jaya,
        Selangor, MALAYSIA.

        Tel: +603 7803 3908
        Fax: +603 7803 3108
        Email: care@kechara.com

        Opening Hours
        Monday – Wednesday: 1pm – 10pm
        Thursday & Friday: 1pm – 6pm
        Saturday: Closed
        Sunday: 9am to 1pm

        http://www.kechara.com/kechara-house/contact/

        sincerely,
        Stella

      • Pastor Shin Tan on Aug 3, 2016 at 10:29 am

        Dear Rei,
        Besides what Stella mentioned, some of these books are also available at public libraries. You can try to enquire/search at a library near you. However, I do recommend purchasing the books as they are valuable references, especially “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand – A Concise Discourse on the Path to Enlightenment”.

        You can always give away these books to your friends who need them after you are done reading them.

        Happy reading!

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    • Samfoonheei
      Monday, Jun 17. 2024 12:53 PM
      Beautiful pictures paints a thousands words of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche. Those rare pictures shared ultimate sophistication of the relationship between the two great leaders.
      Back in the 20th century Jawaharlal Nehru an Indian anti-colonial nationalist, statesman, secular humanist, social democrat was very kind to receive them both. Looking at the rare pictures says all.
      Its such awesome watching the rare video of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche visiting India together. Visiting sacred places Buddhist sites of India together, and even having state dinner .
      Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

      https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-dalai-lama-panchen-lama-in-india-in-1956.html
    • Samfoonheei
      Monday, Jun 17. 2024 12:52 PM
      nspiring read of the power sacred feminine Maha Pajapati Gotami, founder of the Order of Nuns. She was the foster-mother, step-mother and maternal aunt of the Buddha. In Buddhist tradition, she was the first woman to seek ordination for women, which she did from Gautama Buddha directly, and she became the first bhikkhuni.
      Mahapajapati lived to be around 120 years old. Having such an eminent position in the sangha, she would have had hundreds of nuns under her care, helping them realize the Truth. Perplexingly, the Buddha continued to have doubts about admitting women into the women’s order right up until his death. Mahapajapati had played an important role preserving the dharma taught by Buddha Shakyamuni.
      Truly inspired by Mahaprajapati Gotami’s story.
      Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands.

      https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mahapajapati-gotami-the-first-buddhist-nun.html
    • Samfoonheei
      Monday, Jun 17. 2024 12:50 PM
      Area 51 is a U.S. military base that has become synonymous all this while. There’s a possibility recording to many could be a government cover-ups and potentially a place of testing alien. Its always a secret behind this Nevada base also known as Area 51 and is often the subject of alien conspiracy theories. The facility is next to two other restricted military areas, what goes on inside and around is extremely secret. No one are allowed to visit and are kept away by warning signs, electronic surveillance and armed guards. According to the US military, the intense secrecy area is the training range for US nuclear weapons. It has never been declared a secret base and under 24-hour surveillance. Many people have reported seeing unidentified flying objects in or near Area 51. That’s interesting. And the popular image of the place is a secret site for extra-terrestrial research.
      Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

      https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/aliens-paranormal/what-is-area-51.html
    • Samfoonheei
      Monday, Jun 17. 2024 12:49 PM
      Reading each messages and looking at those beautiful pictures tells a thousand words. Without dharma, dharma work, dharma institutions and dharma people, life is so much more lonely and empty……loved this message by our Guru.
      May those teachings in this blog flourish in the heart of all beings.
      Thank you Rinpoche sharing this great messages. which taught us more and inspired us too.

      https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/messages-inspired-by-buddhist-art.html
    • payal
      Monday, Jun 10. 2024 04:27 AM
      really….such a stunning sacred image 1,000 Armed Avalokitesvara as gift from Joshua and family for Rinpoche . More so receiving it on Wesak Day is indeed wonderful. Merely looking at this stunning images is a blessing.
    • Samfoonheei
      Friday, May 10. 2024 02:57 PM
      A card and hard disc from Sean Wang was truly a smart idea afterall. Nobody could imagine such idea but he did it. Placing thumb drives with millions and billions of Vajrayogini her holy mantra in Tibetan into the holy statue. Not only that drawing pictures too . Such a great idea whereby people come to make offerings, prostrate, circumambulate, collecting huge amount of merits for themselves and their love ones. Thanks to Sean Wang/
      Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

      https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/letters-cards-gifts/seans-got-a-great-idea.html
    • Samfoonheei
      Friday, May 10. 2024 02:55 PM
      Reading this blog kindly reminded us of the most cherished people in our lives that’s our parents. Mother’s Day that is on this Sunday 12th of May and Father’s Day falls on the third Sunday in June. Teachers Day too important ……a day to honour and recognise their roles in our lives. Rinpoche always emphasised that we should not avoid the responsibility of repaying the kindness of the people who have helped us in our life. The only true way to honour and repay their kindness is to let them know that their kindness meant a lot to us . Do something good for them or someone else as this practice ultimately gives enormous power and possibilities for positive effects in many lives not just our own life. Simple saying thank you and expressing our appreciation can go a long way.
      Reading all those powerful quotes by Rinpoche gives us a lesson and example.
      Thank you Rinpoche and writers team for sharing

      https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/celebrating-kindness-20-quotes-from-tsem-rinpoche.html
    • Samfoonheei
      Wednesday, May 8. 2024 06:11 PM
      Achi Chökyi Drölma is the Dharma Protector of the Drikung Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. She also appears as a protector in the Karma Kagyu refuge tree as Achi Chodron. Although Achi has a particular committment to protect the Drikung Kagyu, she is recognized and practiced by all lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. To benefit the beings in samsara, she displays a limitless number of manifestations at different times and in different space dimensions. She vowed to protect the Drikung Kagyu lineage and its practitioners, removing inner and outer obstacles , a revered figure in Tibetan Buddhism, embodies the harmonious union of compassion, wisdom, and protective energy. a powerful wisdom-protector who guards and protects all sincere Dharma-practitioners to rely on her. She is also known for her power to confer wealth. She rose to protect Drikung Kagyu lineage while Dorje Shugden who rose to protect the Gelug teaching. Interesting read.
      Thank you Rinpoche and Gen Lobsang Phuljung for this interesting write up

      https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/achi-chokyi-drolma-chief-protectress-of-the-drikung-kagyu.html
    • Samfoonheei
      Wednesday, May 8. 2024 06:00 PM
      Dorje Shugden is a special Dharma Protector who quickly fulfils wishes and sincere prayers. He brings healing, harmony and peace; protects from harm and obstacles and attracts opportunities for success and growth. To promote the practice of Dorje Shugden, Kechara has came up a easy way for more people to understand the Powerful Practice. Presented in six different languages as such in English, Tibetan བོད་ཡིག, Chinese 中文, Hindi हिंदी, Tamil தமிழ், Nepali नेपाली so everyone could access. All those materials were distributed to visitors free of charge at all Kechara outlets. Looking at those pictures of visitors says all of how Kechara had spreads the practice of Dorje Shugden like wild fire. More people will get to know and understand the true stories and benefits of Dorje Shugden.
      Thank you Rinpoche and writers for this great sharing.

      https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/kechara-spreads-the-practice-of-dorje-shugden.html
    • Samfoonheei
      Wednesday, May 8. 2024 05:57 PM
      For the last 60 years, the Tibetan Government-in-Exile has exploited, abused, marginalised and persecuted their people. For the first time in six decades, since the Tibetans first entered a life in exile, we are seeing more and more examples of ordinary Tibetans speaking up against this exploitation. In years gone past, Tibetans would never have dared to voice their objections to the leadership. They have been mixing religion and politics ever since. A majority of the Tibetans in India are stateless, and been sufferings quietly. Hundreds of thousands of Tibetans were killed during the Chinese invasion, prompting the young Dalai Lama to flee into exile in 1959. Because of all the exploitation the younger Tibetan generation are willing to express and speaking up.
      Reading the commentary by a anonymous member of the Tibetan community tells us how those desperate Tibetans experienced all this while and to voice the truth. Interesting read. In order to achieve peace it is necessary to address the root of violence and conflict by having dialogue between the Chinese Government and the Tibetan Government.
      Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

      https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/tibetan-refugee-youth-speaking-up.html
    • Samfoonheei
      Wednesday, May 8. 2024 05:55 PM
      Coming up with these informative website is a great work of Rinpoche and writers team. With these website it had many people get to understand more of Tibetan Buddhism , great teachers teachings and of course all about the practice of Dorje Shugden. I am one of them , its was this website I got to know , learn, and understand about Tibetan Buddhism and Dorje Shugden.
      Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands and writers team .

      https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/fantastic-new-dorje-shugden-website-launched.html
    • Samfoonheei
      Wednesday, May 8. 2024 05:53 PM
      The legendary Ra Lotsawa Dorje Drak was born in the village of Nyenam,Southern Tibet amidst many auspicious signs of a high rebirth. Ra Lotsawa was a great tantric master and is one of the most controversial Buddhist teachers in Tibetan history who had used wrathful means to subjugate his opponents. One of the previous lives of Dorje Shugden is the renowned lama Ra Lotsawa Dorje Drak, Amongst his great deeds, Ra Lotsawa was known to have renovated many with Samye, Tibet’s first monastery. He also sponsored numerous new translation works, the copying and recitation of sacred scriptures, and the installation of Buddha statues. Interesting read of the biography of this great master. Ra Lotsawa Dorje Drakpa left behind a legacy of many great lamas, practitioners and preserving, as well as spreading this tantric system in Tibet.
      Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

      https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/ra-lotsawa-dorje-drakpa-tibetan-master-of-the-vajrabhairava-tantra.html
    • Samfoonheei
      Wednesday, May 8. 2024 05:51 PM
      Dorjé Shukden is a controversial Tibetan Buddhist protector deity, believed by some to be a wrathful spirit and by others to be an enlightened Buddha. The controversy that arose from this divided understanding over the last fifty years has impacted the Tibetan Buddhist community globally and continues to be relevant to observers and practitioners of Buddhism the world over. The Yellow Book, based on its cover. It was composed by Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche in 1970, but it was not published until 1973. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche never intended for his book to be published but somehow it was published without his permission. According to the introduction, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche authored this book in 1970 based on teachings given by Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, the junior tutor to the 14th Dalai Lama.The original intention of this book was to be complementary material to Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche’s book, Music Delighting An Ocean of Protectors, which was published six years before the Yellow Book. The Yellow Book did not circulate widely until several years later. It is a collection of cautionary tales and teachings but sadly some influential powerful officials and people who had corrupted the Gelug lineage . Interesting read.
      I am looking forward to finish reading this book.
      Thank you Rinpoche and Martin for this interesting sharing.

      https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/dr-christopher-bells-views-on-zemey-rinpoches-yellow-book.html
    • Samfoonheei
      Saturday, May 4. 2024 06:15 PM
    • Samfoonheei
      Saturday, May 4. 2024 06:13 PM
      Firebirds are mythical birds found in the folklore of many cultures. They are often depicted as magical birds with feathers that glow like flames or the sun. The mythology surrounding firebirds varies between cultures, but there are some common themes. In Greek mythology, the mythical bird known for its ability to be reborn from its ashes, symbolizing immortality and renewal. It is often depicted as a beautiful and majestic creature with brightly coloured feathers and a long tail. Interesting read of the stories related to the mythology, legend and folklore in this blog.
      Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

      https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/beautiful-1000-armed-avalokitesvara.html

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