okay thank you I will check out some of those books and start the practices immediately. I may take some online modules as well to get a feel for that. How important is pronunciation in the vajrasattva? How does one meet a teacher? Any advice will be appreciated. Thanks again for all the help.
I am not sure what you are asking, but for me, I met my teachers when they travelled to my country. Then one of my teachers suggested visiting india whenever i am free. So i went, and ... Wow. It's really amazing.
Panchen Lama's Easy Path, and the commentary by Gyurmed Khensur Rinpoche Losang Jampa.
It's translated?! Yay! Phabongkha Rinpoche recommends it and the Swift Path (Easy Path's commentary)
Yes it is out. It is indeed amazing as a summary, with khensur rinpoche's additional explanations. Yup, in fact, pabongkha rinpoche's liberation is also a commentary on the swift path.
Well, you're fortunate to live near Milarepa center.
But frankly, it looks to me like you have more access to Kagyu centers in your area.
Hmmm, that shouldn't be a problem. May i suggest some classics in Kagyu as well?
1. Gampopa's Jewel Ornament of Liberation. This is also another classic lam rim text, as Je Gampopa unites his learnings from kadam and mahamudra, and thus it is written more so in a sense as a preliminary to mahamudra practice. The structural arrangement is slightly different from Je Tsongkhapa's Lam Rim (the way of structuring the content is cause, method and result, and hence starts off with a Chapter on Buddha Nature, not sure if i explained correctly though). This is also a very good reference to refer to as well.
2. A Complete Guide to the Buddhist Path by Drikung Dharmakirti. It is heavily commentated on by Khenchen Rinpoche Konchog Gyaltsen. Nevertheless, it is still succinct and with the original text in verse format, it becomes concise but yet illuminating when reading it with the commentary.
3. I am not sure how you can get hold of this, but the commentary on the Thirty Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva by Garchen Rinpoche is amazing. It is his pith instructions on the Thirty Seven Practices, and he wishes all his students to actually read this text once a day, as it is one of the core teachings of the Buddhist Path.
On the side note, New Hampshire looks like an amazing place to travel to, I hope I can go there some day!
All the best in finding your path!