I've always found stories about the lives of previous masters inspiring (Masters of Miracles and Meditation; Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems, etc). I'm wondering if there are any good books or collections of stories about "regular" practitioners... Those who practiced their whole lives without becoming renowned teachers or Rinpoches. People who screwe up or even gave up but managed to pull it together and keep going. I'm feeling like I need inspiration from a source that's more relatable.
They are the two books of interviews and bios of contempory Buddhists. They are all Buddhist pioneers of the 20th century, but you may not of heard of them. They are not namthars, and some will reveal their imperfections.
Meetings with Remarkable Women by Lenore Friedman
Walking on Lotus Flowers by Martine Batchelor
Street Zen (Bio of Issan Dorsey)
Finding Freedom by Jarvis Jay Masters. (prisoner)
My other recomendation is "Blue Jean Buddha". It's a collection of essays from everyday practitioners. Once again, not solely Vajrayana, but there are a couple stories in there e.g. the Canadian Tulku one springs to mind.
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