duckfiasco wrote:"A Beginner's Guide to Tibetan Buddhism: Notes from a Practitioner's Journey" - Bruce Newman
This book's not what you might first think. It's not just an introduction to Tibetan Buddhism, it's a very good guide to how to actually live as a practitioner. The exact angle that the book has is hard to describe - it's kind of like a senior practitioner is taking you under his wing and showing you the things you need to know and the various ups and downs you'll go through. It's a pretty important book, I think. It was written at the request of Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, by the way. I can see why he aced Bruce to write it - he has a lot of good things to share.
"Quintessential Dzogchen: Confusion Dawns as Wisdom" - Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
This is an amazing compilation. Really fantastic.
Thank you very much for your insight! I hope I can bug you a bit more on these two books.
Maybe it's just the "movie star" image some folks like to give, but I'm a bit intimidated by the Dzogchen book. I keep hearing how advanced Dzogchen is and you can't study it without a teacher, it's unsuitable for beginners, etc. etc. I don't know if that's opening a big can of worms, but would you say this book is good for someone with zero knowledge of Dzogchen?
Also in a similar vein, do you think the Newman book would be good for someone with a generic Buddhist knowledge and practice looking into Tibetan Buddhism?
I also found the book "Skillful Grace: Tara Practice for Our Times" by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche in a thread on this forum. I'm contemplating taking Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche's Triple Excellence program, and thought it might be a good way to suss out Tara practice further before committing to such a course.
Thank you everyone again! If I had an eternity to read books, I'd just get all of these! I can't shake the feeling though that my time is very limited, so I'm hoping to find a few books to really dive into instead of wade around in
Though the thought of having a library of Buddhist books is appealing in its own way
Please take the above post with a grain of salt.