Reading List

Introductory Literature


Rinpoche recommends to read the following books in the order of listing to get a better understanding of Buddhist thinking, philosophy and practice.

  1. The Field
    Lynne McTaggart; Publisher: Goldmann.
  2. Intention
    Lynne McTaggart and Isolde Seidel; Publisher: VAK.
  3. The Bond
    Lynne McTaggart; Publisher: Arkana.
  4. Messages from water
    Masaru Emoto; Publisher: Koha.
  5. Beyond Religion: Ethics For A Whole World
    By H.H. the Dalai Lama; Published By Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.
  6. The Quantum and the Lotus
    Matthieu Ricard, Trinh Xuan Thuan; Publisher: Crown.
  7. Happiness
    Matthieu Ricard; Publisher: Little, Brown and Company.
  8. Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World
    Matthieu Ricard; Publisher: Back Bay Books.
  9. Art of Happiness in a Troubled World
    Dalai Lama XIV and Howard C. Cutler; Published By Doubleday, New York, 2009.
  10. The Universe in a Single Atom - The Convergence of Science and Spirituality
    Dalai Lama XIV; Publisher: Morgan Road Books, 2005.
  11. Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism
    Chögyam Trungpa; Publisher: Shambhala.
  12. Crazy Wisdom
    Chögyam Trungpa; Publisher: Shambhala.
  13. Sleeping, Dreaming and Dying
    Dalai Lama, Francisco J. Varela; Publisher: Wisdom Publications.
  14. Visions of Compassion: Western Scientists and Tibetan Buddhists Examine Human Nature
    Richard J. Davidson and Anne Harrington; Publisher: Oxford University Press, Inc.
  15. The Healing Power of Mind: Simple Meditation Exercises for Health, Well-Being, and Enlightenment
    Tulku Thondup; Publisher: Shambhala.

To Deepen the Understanding

  1. Gates to Buddhist Practice: Essential Teachings of a Tibetan Master
    Chagdud Tulku; Publisher: Padma Publishing.
  2. Guru Rinpoche: His Life and Times
    Ngawang Zangpo and Ngawang; Publisher: Snow Lion Publications.
  3. The Small Golden Key
    Thinley Norbu Rinpoche; Publisher: Shambhala Publications.
  4. Transforming the Mind
    Dalai Lama XIV, Thupten Jinpa, Dominique Side; Publisher: Thorson Publications.
  5. Path to Bliss
    Dalai Lama XIV; Publisher: Snow Lion Publications.
  6. The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism: Its Fundamentals and History
    Dudjom Rinpoche, Gyurme Dordje, Matthew Kapstein; Publisher: Wisdom Publications.
  7. Counsels from My Heart
    Dudjom Rinpoche; Publisher: Shambhala Publications.
  8. A Cascading Waterfall of Nectar
    Thinley Norbu Rinpoche; Publisher: Shambhala Publications.
  9. Fundamental Mind: The Nyingma View of the Great Completeness
    Mipam Gyatso, Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche, Jeffrey Hopkins; Publisher: Snow Lion Publications.
  10. The Wish-Fulfilling Jewel: Practice of Guru Yoga According to the Longchen Nyingthig Tradition
    Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche and Padmakara Translation Group; Publisher: Shambhala Publications.

To Deepen the Understanding of Dying and Death

  1. Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience
    Pim van Lommel; Publisher: HarperOne.
  2. Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation
    Ian Stevenson; Publisher: University Press of Virginia, Charlottesville.
  3. The Tibetan Book Of Living And Dying, A spiritual classic
    Sogyal Rinpoche; Publisher: Penguin Random House.
  4. The Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Book of Natural Liberation Through Understanding in the Between
    Padma Sambhava, Robert Thurman, The Dalai Lama XIV, Karma Lingpa; Publisher: Penguin Random House.
  5. The Tibetan Book of the Dead: First Complete Translation (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
    Graham Coleman, Thupten Jinpa, Gyurme Dorje, Dalai Lama XIV; Publisher: Penguin Classics.
  6. Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth: A Tibetan Buddhist Guidebook
    Tulku Thondup; Publisher: Shambhala.
  7. Über das Sterben: Was wir wissen. Was wir tun können. Wie wir uns darauf einstellen
    Gian Domenico Borasio; Publisher: dtv.

For the Mantra/Sadhana-Group

  1. Perfect Conduct. Ascertaining the three Vows (for Trekchö practitioners)
    Ngari Panchen Pema Wangyai Gyalpo, Dudjom Rinpoche; Publisher: Wisdom Publications.
  2. Generating the Deity
    Gyatrul Rinpoche, Gyatrul, Sangye Khandro; Publisher: Snow Lion Publications.
  3. Great Accomplishment
    Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Orgyen Topgyal Rinpoche, Lama Putsi, Padmasambhava; Publisher: Rangjung Yeshe Publications.