Suggested Study or Reading Order for Beginners by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso's books are acclaimed for their unparalleled clarity and practicality; perfectly conveying the essence of Buddha's instructions. His 23 inspirational books offer practical methods for learning and developing meditation practices and are especially suited for modern day people with busy lives.

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  1. How to Transform Your Life - US Edition
    A practical manual for daily life that shows how we can develop and maintain inner peace, how we can reduce and stop our experience of problems, and how we can bring about positive changes in our lives that will enable us to experience deep and lasting happiness. This is a significantly revised edition of one of Venerable Geshe Kelsang's most popular and accessible books. Learn More
  2. How to Understand the Mind

    This book offers us deep insight into our mind, and shows how an understanding of its nature and functions can be used practically in everyday experience to improve our lives.

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  3. Joyful Path of Good Fortune
    A clear and comprehensive explanation of the entire path to enlightenment. Learn More
  4. The Mirror of Dharma with Additions New
    The Mirror of Dharma with Additions

    This book, The Mirror of Dharma With Additions — Dharma means the teachings of enlightened beings — gives practical advice on how we can solve our daily problems of uncontrolled desire, anger and ignorance, and how to make our human life meaningful.

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  5. The New Heart of Wisdom
    By revealing the profound meaning of the very heart of Buddha’s teachings – the Perfection of Wisdom Sutras – this book shows how we can attain pure, lasting happiness through developing special wisdom and universal compassion. Learn More
  6. Modern Buddhism - (US 2nd ed.)

    Modern Buddhism is perfectly suited for inspiring those seeking solutions within Buddhism to problems of everyday life, as well as for encouraging practitioners of all faiths to deepen their understanding and practice of the spiritual path.

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  7. Tantric Grounds and Paths
    A definitive manual for completing the spiritual path through the practice of Highest Yoga Tantra. Actual Tantra, also known as "Secret Mantra" or "Vajrayana," is a special method taught by Buddha to purify our world, our self, our enjoyments and our activities. Listen to a sample of the Tantric Grounds and Paths AudiobookNow available: listen to a sample of the Tantric Grounds and Paths Audiobook
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  8. The New Guide to Dakini Land

    The New Guide to Dakini Land is a revised version of Venerable Geshe Kelsang’s original book Guide to Dakini Land. A complete explanation of the Tantric practice of Vajrayogini, the female Buddha of blissful wisdom.

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  9. Essence of Vajrayana (2nd edition)

    With this book, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche explains with clarity and precision how we can practice the sublime meditations of Heruka body mandala, and thereby gradually transform our ordinary world and experiences into those of a Buddha, a fully enlightened being. He follows this with definitive instructions on the completion stage practices that can lead directly to the supreme bliss of full enlightenment in this one lifetime. This is a treasury of practical instructions for those seriously interested in following the Tantric path.

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  10. The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra (2nd edition)
    Tharpa Publications is delighted to announce The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra Second Edition. In this special edition, Venerable Geshe-la has made numerous revisions and clarifications to guide the reader ever more confidently through the profound and world-transforming practice of Mahamudra – the very essence of Buddha’s teachings of Sutra and Tantra. This precious book reveals the uncommon practice of Tantric Mahamudra of the Ganden Oral Lineage, which the author received directly from his Spiritual Guide, Vajradhara Trijang Rinpoche. It explains clearly and concisely the entire spiritual path from the initial preliminary practices to the final completion stages of Highest Yoga Tantra that enable us to attain full enlightenment in this life. Check out the product description below for more details on this new edition. Learn More
  11. Great Treasury of Merit (2nd edition)
    Clear instructions on how to rely correctly upon a Spiritual Guide, the foundation for all spiritual attainments. Learn More
  12. The New Eight Steps to Happiness - US Edition

    Based on the famous Eight Verses of Training the Mind by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva, Langri Tangpa, this inspiring book reveals essential methods for transforming all life's difficulties into valuable spiritual insights and for developing universal love and compassion, the source of true happiness for both self and others.

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  13. Introduction to Buddhism - US Edition
    A clear and inspiring explanation of key Buddhist principles. Learn More
  14. How to Solve Our Human Problems - US Edition
    A scientific exploration of the causes and solutions to our daily problems and difficulties, using Buddha’s teachings to change our world by changing our mind. Learn More
  15. Meaningful to Behold

    Meaningful to Behold is a highly acclaimed commentary to the great Indian Buddhist Master Shantideva’s famous spiritual poem Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, one of the best loved and most important Mahayana Buddhist texts. It reveals with poetic beauty and deep spiritual insight how to enter, make progress on, and complete the Buddhist path to enlightenment.

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  16. Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life
    A famous and universally loved poem for daily living that has inspired many generations of Buddhists and non-Buddhists. Learn More
  17. The Bodhisattva Vow
    Guidelines on how to live a more compassionate way of life by becoming a Bodhisattva, which leads to ultimate happiness for ourselves and others. Learn More
  18. Universal Compassion
    Practical instructions showing how to transform even the most difficult daily life experiences into opportunities for spiritual growth through developing and enhancing minds of universal love and compassion. Learn More
  19. The New Meditation Handbook (US 2nd ed.)
    An explanation of twenty-one essential Buddhist meditations that guide us step-by-step towards enlightenment. Learn More
  20. Living Meaningfully, Dying Joyfully
    Inspiring guidelines for helping us to live a happy and meaningful life, come to terms with our own death in a positive way, and help others who are dying. Learn More
  21. Ocean of Nectar and Chandrakirti’s Guide to the Middle Way

    Ocean of Nectar by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche is the first complete explanation in English of the precious Mahayana scripture Chandrakirti’s Guide to the Middle Way, which is regarded as the principal presentation of Buddha’s profound view of emptiness.

    Guide to the Middle Way, the root text of Ocean of Nectar, was translated into English under the compassionate guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. These precious verses are included in the back of Ocean of Nectar. Reading this profound text and listening to the verses by Chandrakirti can bring joyful and uplifting insight into the true nature of all things.

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  22. Heart Jewel
    An explanation of how to overcome obstacles and difficulties on the spiritual path by developing compassion, wisdom, and spiritual strength. Learn More
  23. Clear Light of Bliss (3rd Edition)
    An in-depth exploration of profound Tantric methods for generating a deeply peaceful mind by harnessing our body’s subtle energies. Learn More
  24. Mahamudra Tantra
    A clear and simple manual for practicing Mahamudra Tantra -the quick and profound method for uncovering the deepest levels of peace and happiness within our own mind. Learn More
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