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We recommend these books, by non-Aro authors, to anyone learning about Vajrayana Buddhism. They are written by teachers whose perspective is similar to that of Aro. The best books for beginners are first, with increasingly advanced ones toward the end.
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Informal talks on Zen meditation and practice
A series of short, simple, and informal talks on meditation which are nevertheless luminous and profound.
And the Path of Loving Kindness
A clear introduction to the path of meditation, written in a warm and encouraging style.
Self-Knowledge and Inner Peace Through Meditation
An easy-to-read discussion of meditation from a perspective that speaks to Western psychological understanding, yet stays true to Buddhist principles.
Meditation for Compassion and Self-Healing
A sequel to Openness Mind, this book goes on to cover breathing exercises, mantra, and visualisation.
The Transformation of Desire
A straightforward, engaging, and cheerful overview of the Tantric Buddhist path.
Sutra, Tantra, and Dzogchen
The Self-Perfected State
A brief introduction to Dzogchen in theory and practice.
A presentation of Buddhism from point of view of Dzogchen that is sometimes painfully sharp in its clarity.
and the Way of Meditation
A grand tour of the Buddhist teachings that presents a ferociously uncompromising – yet strangely comforting – view of the genuine spiritual path.
Autobiography of a Tibetan Lama
This riveting personal account of the adventurous life of a great non-monastic Nyingma Lama provides much insight into the Tibetan cultural context of lineages like Aro.
An Introduction to Tantra
A personal introduction to Tantra structured in terms of the nine yanas.
The Tantric Wisdom of the Buddha
An overview of Tantra from point of view of Dzogchen.
A series of talks on meditation and the spiritual path – fresh and down-to-earth.
Innate wisdom (basic sanity) can manifest as ‘crazy wisdom’, cutting through the complacent delusions of duality.
Books on special topics
These specialised books will be of interest to those who have been practicing Vajrayana Buddhism for some time and wish to explore particular topics in depth.
The Secret Life and Songs of the Lady Yeshé Tsogyel
A biography of Yeshé Tsogyel, the origin of the Aro lineage, with an exceptionally useful commentary on her historical context and the Nyingma tradition she co-founded.
We spend a third of our lives asleep – and we can use that time for spiritual practice.
A thorough, concise, and accessible discussion not only of dream yoga but several other advanced practices.
The Lives and Legends of the Mahasiddhas
Brief accounts of the extraordinary lives of the mahasiddhas (great Tantric yogis) illustrated with electric air-brush paintings.
Songs and Histories of the Eighty-Four Buddhist Siddhas
Another book on the lives of the mahasiddhas, with line drawings only – but considerably more explanatory text.
The Experience of the Six Bardos
An understanding of the continuity and discontinuity of experience – life and death – allows us to transform the madness of negative emotions into the freedom of enlightenment.
A poetic investigation of the nature of the five elements manifesting as the dance of the five wisdom dakinis.
A collaboration between a great Lama and a Western philosopher presents Tibetan Buddhism in theory and practice.
The Life and Teachings of Naropa
A presentation of the view of Vajrayana through a discussion of Naropa’s encounter with his Crazy Wisdom Lama, Tilopa.
A scholarly history of chöd, with a biography of its founder.
An extensive scholarly commentary on a brief exposition of the central importance of the Lama in Vajaraya.
the guide that leads the blind on a false path which ends in a precipice
Kyabjé Düd’jom Rinpoche explains the non-ordinary visionary history which illuminates the deleterious nature of tobacco.