greetings peeps, long time no see. hope your all fine and dandy. myself, i just moved to Japan three months ago and am now half an hour's train ride away from Shogyoji Temple and my master's master
I'm very jealous. Japan is the next place I'd like to take a vacation.
two things i'm looking for - a good introduction to Tibetan Buddhism, not too light but not too heavy, covering the different schools and practices (but not in a "how to" manner).
"Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism" by John Powers (on kindle)
Chapter 7 of "Buddhist Thought: A Complete Introduction to the Indian Tradition" by Paul Williams/Anthony Tribe (on kindle)
The Crystal and the Way of Light: Sutra, Tantra and Dzogchen by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu (on kindle)
second - a comparison of the different Mahayana schools, similarities and differences, including Jodo if possible. and there's a caveat - preferrably available on kindle.
"Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations" by Paul Williams (on kindle)
For 2 good books discussing the differences in Pure Land traditions:
"The Pure Land Tradition: History and Development (Berkeley Buddhist Studies)" - James Harlan Foard (Author, Editor), Michael Solomon (Editor), Richard K. Payne (Editor)
"Shinran's Gospel of Pure Grace" by Alfred Bloom