Vidyaraja wrote:Hello, I was wondering if anyone could point me to a list or give me some suggestions of some good literature of Tibetan Buddhism from prior to the 20th century, preferably medieval works. I asked a similar question before regarding literature on Dzogchen actually, but now I am looking more broadly in scope. To give a good example of what I am talking about, it could be actual scriptural sources, commentaries on scripture, or works by Tibetan masters, such as Longchenpa or Dolpopa for example. Anything you can suggest (in English of course) would be greatly appreciated as I need to expand my knowledge on Tibetan Buddhism and am looking for some new reading material. While I have nothing against modern literature or masters, I can always find sources on such material, whereas hearing recommendations about older literature isn't as easy to come by.
Tulku Thondrups "Dzogchen practice" is both practice texts and philosophical texts by Longchenpa, and Rickard Barron's translations of Longchenpas's seven treasuries should keep you busy for a while. Milarepa's songs also comes highly recommended.
"To reject practice by saying, 'it is conceptual!' is the path of fools. A tendency of the inexperienced and something to be avoided."
"Even though you have recognized your essence, if you do not get accustomed to it,
You will be carried away by the enemy of thoughts, like a small child in a battle field.
So long as you are not free from the limitations of accepting and rejecting,
That long will you not recognize the view of the innermost secret heart-essence."
I can't even recall how many volumes there are, but here are a few off the top of my head:
"Systems of Buddhist Tantra"
There are many more.....I think the whole project is now complete.
"Absolute Truth is not an object of analytical discourse or great discriminating wisdom,
It is realized through the blessing grace of the Guru and fortunate Karmic potential.
Like this, mistaken ideas of discriminating wisdom are clarified."
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