Suggested Reading


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Uniquely attuned to our present world, the Karmapa gives clear and wise teachings on key issues of our times–the environment, social responsibility, and working with our emotional afflictions. He blends a fresh perspective on how to meditate with heartfelt encouragement to take the path of compassion and engage in actions that benefit others. Available free as e-book at

The books listed below are by our Karma Kagyu teachers about Buddhism and the teachings of the lineage. Any books by these authors are valuable, however in the interest of space we are only listing a few.

H.H. Karmapa XVII, Orgyen Trinley Dorje

  • Traveling the Path of Compassion
  • The Future Is Now: Timely Advice for Creating a Better World

Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche

  • Dharma Paths
  • Karma Chakme’s Mountain Dharma
  • Chenrezik: For the Benefit of all Beings / Chenrezik: Por el Bien de los Seres (English & Spanish)
  • Taking Refuge (available as an e-book from

Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

  • Buddha Nature
  • The Practice of Tranquility and Insight
  • Medicine Buddha Teachings

Tai Situ Rinpoche

  • Awakening the Sleeping Buddha
  • Ground, Path and Fruition

Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

  • The Great Path of Awakening


  • The Jewel Ornament of Liberation

Bardor Tulku Rinpoche

  • A Teaching on the Tashi Prayer
  • The Kagyu Lineage and Activity of the Karmapas

Bokar Rinpoche

  • Meditation — Advice to Beginners

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

  • Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism
  • The Myth of Freedom

Pema Chödrön

  • Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living