Reading List

H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III

A Treasury of True Buddha-Dharma

What is Cultivation?

The 128 Evil and Erroneous Views

Female Dharma King Dorje Amang Nopu Pa Mu
Dharma That Every Buddhist Must Follow, translated into English by Bodi Wentu Rinpoche 

Core Hinayana Suttas

Digha Nikaya (The Long Discourses of the Buddha)

Majjhima Nikaya (The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha)

Samyutta Nikaya (The Connected Discourses of the Buddha)


Core Mahayana Sutras

Avatamsaka Sutra (The Flower Garland Sutra)

Buddha Speaks the Brahma Net Sutra: The Ten Major and Forty-eight Minor Bodhisattva Precepts

Diamond Sutra

Heart Sutra

Lankavatara Sutra

Lotus Sutra

Prajnaparamita Sutras (Sutra on Perfect Wisdom)

Samdhinirmocana Sutra (Wisdom of Buddha)

Shurangama Sutra

Vimalakirti Nirdesa Sutra (The Holy Teaching of Vimalakirti) 


Classic Commentaries by Great Dharma Masters 

(Scholastic Treatises or Shastras that augment, explain, and expand upon a primary text).

Please note that the following Scholastic treatises or Shastras have not been reviewed or approved by His Holiness Dorje Chang Buddha III and probably contain some errors. That is why they are presented for REFERENCE ONLY and cannot be considered as true Buddha-dharma. Only the words of a true Buddha can be so considered.

Master Aryadeva (2nd century), Four Hundred Verses on the Yogic Deeds of Bodhisattvas (Catuhsataka). One of the classics studied in Tibet. Indian-Mahayana.

Master Asanga (4th century), The Jewel of Realization (Abhisamaya Alamkara), a commentary on the Prajnaparamita Sutras, also called The Ornament of Clear (Manifest) Realization, as transmitted from Lord Maitreya.  Also referred to as the Prajna Treatise. One of the "Five Classic Treatises." Indian-Mahayana.

Master Asanga (4th century), Buddha Nature: The Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra (Higher Continuum Treatise) as transmitted from Lord Maitreya. Essential basics. Indian-Mahayana.

Master Asanga (4th century), Distinguishing Dharma and Dharmata or Distinguishing Phenomena and Pure Being as transmitted from Lord Maitreya. Essential basics. Indian-Mahayana.

Master Asangha (4th century), Mahayana-sutra-lamkara or Ornament of the Mahayana Sutras or Universal Vehicle Discourse Literature as transmitted from Lord Maitreya. Indian-Mahayana.

Master Asangha (4th century), Madhyanta-vibhanga or Distinguishing the Middle and the Extremes as transmitted from Lord Maitreya. Indian-Mahayana.

Master Asvaghosa (2nd century), Gurupancasika. Fifty Stanzas on Guru Devotion, Also in Dharma King Tsongkhapa’s The Fulfillment of All Hopes: Guru Devotion in Tibetan Buddhism. Indian-Vajrayana.

Master Atisha, Dipankara Shrijnana (982-1052), Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment, became the source of the Tibetan lamrim tradition. Indian-Vajrayana.

Master Chandragomin (7th century), The Twenty Verses on the Bodhisattva Vow (Bodhisattvasamvaravimsaka). Indian-Mahayana.

Master Chandrakirti (600-650), Madhyamakavatara or Madhyamika Treatise (Guide or Introduction to the Middle Way), commentary on The Mulamadhyamakakarika Treatise (The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way) by Dharma King Nagarjuna (150-250). Another of the "Five Classic Treatises." Indian-Mahayana.

Master Chekawa Yeshe Dorje (1101-1175), Seven Point Mind Training. For developing bodhicitta. Tibetan-Kadampa.

Master Chogye Trichen Rinpoche (1920-2007), Parting from the Four Attachments: A Commentary on Jetsun Drakpa Gyaltsen's (1147-1216) Song of Experience on Mind Training and the View. Tibetan-Sakya.

Master Dharmakirti (530-630), The Commentary on Valid Perception (Pramana Varttika, tsad-ma rnam-‘grel) on Master Dignaga’s Compendium on Valid Perception (Pramanasamuccaya) , (5th century). Also referred to as the Hetu-Vidya Treatise, another of the "Five Classic Treatises." No complete translation found. Indian-Mahayana.

Master Dharmarakshita (10th century), Peacock in the Poison Grove. (includes “Wheel Weapon Mind-Training” and “The Poison Destroying Peacock Mind-Training”). Indian-Mahayana.

Master Dolpopa (1292-1361), Mountain Doctrine: Tibet’s Fundamental Treatise on Other Emptiness and the Buddha Matrix. Tibetan-Jonang.

Master Dudjom Rinpoche (1904-1987), The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism:  Its Fundamentals and History. Tibetan-Nyingma.

Master Dudjom Rinpoche (1904-1987), The Illumination of Primordial Wisdom: An Instruction Manual on the Utterly Pure Stage of Perfection of the Powerful and Ferocious Dorje Drolo, Subduer of Demons. Shamatha and vipashyana from the dzogchen perspective. Translation in Meditation, Transformation, and Dream Yoga by Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche. Tibetan-Nyingma.

Master Gampopa (1074 or 1079-1153), The Jewel Ornament of Liberation (Lamrim): The Wish-Fulfilling Gem of the Noble Teachings. Basics. Tibetan-Dakpo Kagyu.

Master Garab Dorje (6th BCE-2nd CE), The Golden Letters. Tibetan-Nyingma.

Master Gunaprabha (circa 500 AD), A Summary of Vowed Morality (Vinayasutra). Also referred to as the Precepts and Discipline Treatise, another of the "Five Classic Treatises." No translation found. Indian-Hinayana.

Master Gyelsay Togmay Sangpo Geshe (1295-1369), The Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas. Tibetan-Kadampa.

Master Hui Neng (638-715), The Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch on the Pristine Orthodox Dharma. Chinese-Ch'an.

Master Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye (1813-1899), Sacred Ground:  Pilgrimage and Sacred Geography. Tibetan-Shangpa Kagyu.

Master Jigme Lingpa (1730-1798), Treasury of Precious Qualities. Tibetan-Nyingma.

Master Longchen Rabjam (1308-1363), The Practice of Dzogchen. Tibetan-Nyingma.

Master Longchen Rabjam (1308-1363), The Seven Treasures: The Precious Treasury of Pith Instructions, The Precious Treasury of the Way of Abiding, Precious Treasury of the Basic Space of Phenomena, and The Precious Treasury of Philosophical Systems. Tibetan-Nyingma.

Master Milarepa (1052-1135), Drinking the Mountain Stream: Songs of Tibet’s Beloved Saint and The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa. Tibetan-Kagyu.

Master Mipham Gyatso (1846-1912), Tashi Prayer and Commentary with teaching by Bardor Rinpoche. Tibetan-Nyingma.

Master Nagarjuna (150-250), The Mulamadhyamakakarika Treatise (The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way). Indian-Mahayana.

Master Nagarjuna (150-250), Ratnavali (Nagarjuna's Precious Garland; Buddhist Advice for Living and Liberation). Indian-Mahayana.

Master Nagarjuna (150-250), Causality and Emptiness; The Wisdom of Nagarjuna. Indian-Mahayana.

Master Ngari Panchen Pema Wangyi Gyalpo (1487-1542), Perfect Conduct: Ascertaining the Three Vows with commentary by H. H. Dudjom Rinpoche. Tibetan-Nyngma.

Master Pabongka Rinpoche (1878-1941), Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand:  A Concise Discourse on the Path to Enlightenment or A Gift of Liberation, Thrust into Our Hands. (Lamrim) teaching by great modern master. Basics. Tibetan-Geluk.

Guru Padmasambhava (8th century), Natural Liberation:  Padmasambhava’s Teaching on the Six Bardos. Indian-Vajrayana.

Master Patrul Rinpoche (1808-1887), The Words of My Perfect Teacher. Basics. Tibetan-Nyingma.

Master Sachen Kunga Nyingpo (1092-1158), Parting from the Four Attachments by Manjushri; included in his son Jetsun Drakpa Gyaltsen's Song of Experience on Mind Training and the View. Tibetan-Sakya.

Master Sakya Pandita Gunga Gyeltsen (1182-1251), A Clear Differentiation of the Codes: Essential Distinctions Among the Individual Liberation, Great Vehicle, and Tantric Systems. Tibetan-Sakya.

Master Shantarakshita (8th century), Ornament (Adornment) of the Middle way (Madhyamakalamkara). One of the classics studied in Tibet by one of the founders of the Nyingma. Indian-Mahayana.

Master Shantideva (650-750), Bodhisattvacharyavatara (A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life). One of the classics studied in Tibet. Many great Nyingma Masters and those from other sects use this classic text as one of the foundation teachings. Indian-Mahayana.

Master Taranatha (1575-1634), The Essence of Other-Emptiness. Tibetan-Jonang.

Master Tsongkhapa (1357-1419), Lam Rim Chen Mo (The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment): Three Volumes.  Classic commentary on Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment (Lamrim) by Dharma King Atisha (Dipankara Shrijnana, 982-1054). Basics. Tibetan-Geluk.

Master Tsongkhapa (1357-1419), The Mountain of Blessings with commentary by Dharma King Pabongka Rinpoche. Also referred to as Preparing for Tantra (The "Source of All My Good"). Very concise. Tibetan-Geluk.

Master Tsongkhapa (1357- 1419), The Fulfillment of all Hopes, Guru Devotion in Tibetan Buddhism. Tibetan-Geluk.

Master Tsongkhapa (1357-1419), The Principal Teachings of Buddhism or The Three Principal Paths (lam-stzo rnam-gsum), with commentary by Dharma King Pabongka Rinpoche. Basics. Tibetan-Geluk.

Master Vasubandhu (4th century), Abhidharmakosa Treatise. This is another of the "Five Classic Treatises" and is on the Abhidharma, a part of the Tripitaka that systematically presents Buddhist psychology and philosophy. This is an English translation of a French translation by L. De LA Vallee Poussin of the original Sanskrit. Indian-Hinayana.

Mahasiddha Virupa (7th-8th century), Vajra Lines of the Path with the Result in Taking the Result as the Path: Core Teachings of the Sakya Lamdre Tradition. Tibetan-Sakya.


Lama Tharchin Rinpoche, Democracy in Buddhism

Lazhen, The Dual Character of Buddhist Theories

Lazhen, Differentiating the Levels of Those of Holy Virtue

Kogen Mizuno, The Original Language of the Buddha and His Teachings

Biographies and Autobiographies of Holy Beings

Khenpo Twewang Dongyal, Light of Fearless Indestructible Wisdom: The Life and Legacy of H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche. Tibetan-Nyingma.

Dilgo Khyentse, Brilliant Moon: The Autobiography of Dilgo Khyentse. Tibetan-Nyingma.

Namkhai Nyingpo, Mother of Knowledge: The Enlightenment of Yeshes M Tsho-ngyal. Tibetan-Nyingma.

Ngawang Zangpo, Guru Rinpoche: His Life and Times.  Indian & Tibetan.

Tsang Nyon Heruka (1452-1507), The Life of Milarepa. Excellent account of what it is like to study with a true vajra master. Tibetan-Kagyu.

Keith Dowman, Masters of Mahamudra: Songs and Stories of the Eighty-Four Buddhist Siddhas. Indian & Tibetan.

Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye (1813-1899), Timeless Rapture: Inspired Verse of the Shangpa Masters and The Autobiography of Jamgon Kongtrul:  A Gem of Many Colors. Tibetan-Shangpa Kagyu.

Nyoshul Khenpo, A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage. Tibetan-Nyingma.

Chokyi Senge and Bodhisattva Kunga, The Life and Teachings of Padampa Sangye, Lion of Siddhas. Tibetan et al.

Cyus Stearns, King of the Empty Plain: The Tibetan Iron-Bridge Builder Tangtong Gyalpo. Tibetan-Shangpa Kagyu.

Cyrus Stearns, Luminous Lives: The Story of the Early Masters of the Lam 'Bras Tradition in Tibet. Tibetan-Sakya.

Cyus Stearns, The Buddha from Dolpo. Tibetan-Jonang.

Tsogyal, Yeshe (8th century), The Lotus-Born: The Life Story of Padmasambhava.  Tibetan-Nyingma. 

Tulku Thondup Rinpoche, Masters of Meditation and Miracles: Lives of the Great Buddhist Masters of India and Tibet. Tibetan-Nyingma.

Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Blazing Splendor: The Memoirs of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. Tibetan-Nyingma.

Yudra Nyingpo, The Great Image: The Life Story of Vairochana the Translator. Tibetan-Nyingma.


Amenimo Makezu (Unbeaten by Rain) by Kenji Miyazawa (1896-1933)


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