Tibetan Buddhism Writings

Praise of Dependent Arising | Tsongkhapa

In Praise of Dependent Arising by Je Tsongkhapa (1357–1419). Unawareness is the root of as much torment as there is in the world. Thus, you spoke of dependent arising, which, if seen, turns that back. How could those with intelligence not have comprehended the path of dependent arising as being the essential point of your teachings? “Whatever depends on conditions is devoid of a self-establishing nature.”

Wheel of Sharp Weapons | Dharmarakṣita

Wheel of Sharp Weapons by Dharmarakṣita (c. 9th century). The Wheel of Sharp Weapons Effectively Striking the Heart of the Foe was composed by the great Yogi Dharmarakṣita in his retreat in the jungle where many fierce animals prey. From among his many disciples, Dharmarakṣita transmitted these teachings to Atiśa; and Atiśa practiced them wherever he travelled in order to tame those who were most

Letter to a Friend | Nāgārjuna

Letter to a Friend by Nāgārjuna (c. 150 – c. 250 CE). The Triumphant has proclaimed 6 (objects) for continual mindfulness: a) the Buddhas, b) the Dharma, c) the Saṅgha, d) generous giving, e) ethical discipline, and f) the gods. - Be continually mindful of the mass of good qualities of these. Always entrust yourself, with body, speech, and mind, to the 10 pathways of

Dzogchen: Precious Garland | Longchenpa

Dzogchen: The Four-Themed Precious Garland by Longchenpa (1308–1364). Precious Human Rebirth. Death and Impermanence. Shortcomings of Saṁsāra. Developing a state of Śamatha. The cool shade of the precious wish-granting tree of the ways of the Triumphant One’s Dharma offers protection from all the torments of compulsive (Saṁsāra) existence and complacent (Nirvāṇa. I shall explain the good qualities of the 4 aspects (of the Dharma).

Bodhisattva Behaviour | by Śāntideva

Bodhisattvacaryāvatāra - Engaging in Bodhisattva Behaviour by Śāntideva c. 8th century. Part 1 - The Benefits of Bodhichitta. Respectfully, I prostrate to the Blissfully Gone (Buddhas) endowed with Dharmakāya, as well as to their (Bodhisattva) offspring and to everyone worthy of prostration. Let me explain (how to) engage in the Blissfully Gone offsprings' code, which I’ve compiled and condensed in accord with Buddhas’ words to

400 verses | Āryadeva

400 Verses on the Middle Path by Āryadeva (c. 3rd century), one of the fathers of Madhyamaka philosophy of Mahāyāna Buddhism and the main disciple of Ārya Nāgārjuna. The work consists of 4 parts or 16 chapters: 1. Overcoming Incorrect Consideration; Parts 1-4 2. Overcoming Disturbing Emotions and Helping Others; Parts 5-8 3. Refuting Distorted Views about Time, Space and Self; Parts 9-12 4. Refuting

30 Words of Advice | Longchenpa

A short and instructive poem - Thirty Words of Advice from the Heart by Longchen Rabjampa (Longchenpa) (1308-1363) – the famous teacher in Tibetan Buddhism in tradition of Nyingma and Dzogchen – the Great Perfection. I have followed many learned and realized masters and received many profound instructions, I have seen a few profound Sūtras and Tantras; Yet whilst knowing them, I do not apply