Tibetan Buddhism Writings

Advice from Atiśa’s Heart

When Venerable Atiśa came to Tibet he first went to Ngari, where he remained for 3 years. After 3 years had passed he decided to return to India, and Changchub Ö requested him to give one last teaching before he left. Atiśa replied that he had already given them all the advice they needed, but Changchub Ö persisted in his request and so Atiśa accepted

Bodhisattva’s Garland of Gems | Atisha

A Bodhisattva’s Garland of Gems by Atiśa. Let me dedicate to great peerless Enlightenment as many constructive acts as I've amassed throughout the 3 times, and extend out to limited beings my positive force. The gem of belief in fact, the gem of ethical self-discipline, the gem of generosity, the gem of listening, the gems of care and the gem of discriminating awareness make 7.

37 Bodhisattva Practices

37 Bodhisattva Practices by Thogme Zangpo. This traditional Buddhist text, composed by Thogme Zangpo, contains essential and practical instructions for the development of compassion and its application in to daily life, how to turn the difficulties into training for spiritual growth. The basis for the text is the practice of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion. I pay heartfelt homage to you, Lokeśvara; you have true

Mahāmudrā Prayer | 3rd Karmapa

The Mahāmudrā Prayer by The Third Karmapa. Gurus, yidams and maṇḍala figures, Triumphant Ones in the 10 directions and 3 times, with your spiritual offspring, please regard me with affection. Inspire me that my prayers come true just as I've made them. The self-nature of wandering beings is always that of a Buddha. Yet, by the power of not realizing this, they endlessly roam in

Root Text for Mahāmudrā | 4th Panchen Lama

Root Text for Mahāmudrā by Fourth Panchen Lama (Lobsang Chokyi Gyaltsen (1570–1662)). Here I shall give relevant instruction on Mahāmudrā and discuss the methods that lead you to know the mind, face to face, in keeping with the exposition of the lineage masters. From cultivating such (methods as these, you realize that,) the Essential Nature of the totally absorbed mind is a lucidity and clarity,

7 Point Mind Training | Geshe Chekawa

Seven Point Mind Training By Geshe Chekawa (1101–1175) (Edition Annotated by Thogme Zangpo). Point 1: The Preliminaries. Point 2: The Actual Training in Bodhichitta. Point 3: Transforming Adverse Circumstances into a Path to Enlightenment. Point 4: Condensation of the Practice in One Lifetime. Point 5: The Measure of Having Trained Our Minds. Point 6: 18 Close-Bonding Practices. Point 7: 22 Points to Train In. Concluding Verses

8 Verses of Mind Training | Langri Tangpa

Eight Verses of Mind Training by Langri Tangpa (1054–1123). Whatever I am doing, may I check the flow of my mind, and the moment that conceptions or disturbing emotions arise, since they debilitate myself and others, may I confront and avert them with forceful means. When others, out of envy, treat me unfairly, may I accept the loss upon myself and offer the victory to others.

7 Limb Prayer | Śāntideva

The Seven Limb Prayer by Śāntideva, an 8th-century Indian Buddhist monk and scholar at Nālanda. I take safe direction, till my purified state, from the Buddhas, the Dharma, and the Highest Assembly. By the positive force of my giving and so on, may I actualize Buddhahood to help those who wander! Buddhas of all directions: please shine Dharma's lamp for limited beings suffering and groping

3 Principal Aspects of the Path | Tsongkhapa

Three Principal Aspects of the Path by Je Tsongkhapa (1357–1419). I shall try to explain, the essential meaning of all the scriptural pronouncements of the Triumphant Ones, the Path praised by the Triumphants’ holy offspring, the fording passage for the fortunate desiring liberation. Even if you have built up as habits Renunciation and a Bodhichitta aim, still, you have to develop the discriminating awareness

Foundation for Good Qualities | Tsongkhapa

The Foundation for Good Qualities by Je Tsongkhapa (1357–1419). (Healthy) reliance on a kind spiritual master, the foundation for all good qualities, is the root of the path. Seeing this well, I request inspiration to rely with great appreciation, through many endeavours. I request inspiration quickly to develop on my mind-stream a path that combines the pair: a stilled, settled mind and an exceptionally perceptive mind.