Trikaya Buddhism evolved through the study and practice of many traditions. Below you will find a selection of works that will help you begin your own journey. While the Pith Instructions will point you in the right direction, there is much to explore. Unlocking the deeper awareness within you is extremely rewarding; however it can at times be unsettling. For this reason, we highly recommend you seek a guide and companionship as you make the trek into Awakening. If Trikaya Buddhism resonates with you, please join us at Dharma Center at any of our public classes.

Many of these works have been translated into English and other languages. While a specific English translation is recommended below, you are encouraged to explore multiple translations in order to gain a deeper understanding of the wisdom being shared. Some of the links below lead to Amazon. As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.

The works of Rama – Dr. Frederick Lenz, which can be found for free at Rama Meditation Society. We especially recommend these selections:

  • The Enlightenment Cycle lecture series
  • Surfing the Himalayas 
  • Snowboarding to Nirvana

Works by Turīya Dhara:

Dhammapada, the Sayings of the Buddha           
Thomas Byrom, Shambhala Pocket edition

Autobiography of a Yogi               
Paramahansa Yogananda, SRF

The Life of Marpa the Translator
translated by the Nalanda Translation Committee

The Life of Milarepa
translated by Lobsang Lhalungpa

Tibet’s Great Yogi, Milarepa       
W.Y. Evans Wentz, Oxford Univ. Press

The Tibetan Book of the Dead    
W.Y. Evans Wentz, Oxford Univ. Press

Tibetan Book of Great Liberation       
W.Y. Evans Wentz, Oxford Univ. Press

Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines     
W.Y. Evans Wentz, Oxford Univ. Press

The Great Path of Awakening      
Jangon Kongtrul, Shambhala Publications, Inc.

Tales of Power    
Carlos Castaneda

Journey to IxtIan: The Lessons of Don Juan   
Carlos Castaneda

How to Know God: Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali    
Prabhavananda, Vedanta Press

Shankara’s Crest Jewel of Discrimination  
Prabhavananda/Isherwood, Vedanta Press

The Upanishads: Breath of the Eternal       

The Eternal Companion    

Bhagavad Gita, The Song of God 

Buddhist Scriptures       
Edward Conze, Penguin Classics

The Large Sutra of Perfect Wisdom     
Edward Conze, University of California Press

Fundamentals of Mainstream Buddhism 
Eric Cheetham, Charles E. Tuttle Co.

Highest Yoga Tantra  
Daniel Cozort, Snow Lion Publications

Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha    
Bhikkhu Nanamoli, Wisdom Publications

Masters of Mahamudra: Songs and Histories of the Eighty-Four Buddhist Siddhas
by Keith Dowman

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
Pema Chodron

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind  
S. Suzuki

Henry David Thoreau

Herman Hesse

The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Trilogy 
J.R.R. Tolkien

The Little Prince 
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Oh, The Places You’ll Go 
Dr. Seuss

I Ching or Book of Changes   
Wilhelm/Baynes, Princeton University Press

The Ramayana     
William Buck

The Mahabharata     
William Buck

The Way of Life According to Lao Tzu  
Witter Bynner, Perigee Trade Books

The Art of War       
Sun Tzu / Samuel B. Griffith, Oxford Univ. Press

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna   
“M”, Ramakrishna  Vivekananda Center