siddharthagautama150 wrote:I have been interested in the Dharma for a little over a month now, particulrly the Gelug school of Tibetan Vajrayana. My problem is there is no one close to me to learn from . I don't have a vehicle so I can't travel. So I have been readng a lot, mainly on the basics, the Four Noble Truths, karma, etc. Any suggestions?
Have you read a biography of the Buddha? The Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh compiled an excellent one a couple of decades ago: "Old Path, White Clouds". I would reservedly recommend "The Three Principal Aspects of the Path" by Tsongkhapa. I carried a pocket version of this everywhere with me long before I practiced Tibetan Buddhism but it may not be for everyone. You can find a teaching on this at the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive online. The version by Geshe Sonam Rinchen is very good. Otherwise check out basic teaching from any of the schools including the Theravadin schools. The Theravadin teachings in particular will begin with the Four Noble Truths. Tibetan Buddhism does not tend to begin with the Four Noble Truths or to emphasize them directly.
When I mean the basic teachings of any of the Tibetan Buddhist schools I mean something like "Three Visions", Sakya school, by Ngorchen Konchog Lhundrub, "The Jewel Ornament Of Liberation", Kagyu by Gampopa, "Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand", Gelug, by Pabongka, and I'm a bit embarrassed to not have a Nyingma basic teachings text. I'll see if I can remember one overnight ("You are the Eyes of the World", by Longchenpa but it's a bit esoteric in places so it's not basic, basic).