Translations of Tibetan Buddhist Texts
Lotsawa* House is a library of over 1500 texts by more than 130 authors
Do you find our site useful? If so, please consider supporting us with a regular donation of as little as $2 per month on Patreon. We rely entirely on the generosity of our donors to continue our work of translating important, interesting and inspiring texts from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and making them freely available "on the House."
Added 16 August 2018
This brief text in twelve stanzas summarizes the paths of the three levels of spiritual capacity—lesser, intermediate and great—from the Lamrim teachings and is said to be the source of the author's famous 'Four Dharmas': 1) turning the mind to the Dharma, 2) Dharma progressing along the path, 3) the path clarifying confusion, and 4) confusion dawning as wisdom.
More recent additions
This famous song by the Seventh Dalai Lama, Kalzang Gyatso (1708–1757) summarizes four forms of mindfulness, which Mañjuśrī taught to Jé Tsongkhapa: 1) mindfulness of the guru; 2) mindfulness of bodhicitta; 3) mindfulness of the body as a divine body; and 4) mindfulness of the view of emptiness. Read text >
revealed by Dudjom Lingpa
This seven-chapter biography is a late example of the Kathang (bka' thang) genre, a versified chronicle of Padmasambhava's life as recounted to Emperor Trisong Detsen and his subjects. The text is unusually detailed in its description of Padmasambhava's personal practice, listing dozens of places where he meditated, how long he stayed, which practices he performed, which results he gained, and so on. It concludes with a chapter that includes prophecies and practical advice for the people of Tibet. Read text >
This aspiration for the flourishing of the Riwo Gendenpa tradition of Je Tsongkhapa Lobzang Drakpa is one of the most commonly recited prayers in the Geluk School. Read text >
This prayer of aspiration for the spread of the Dharma, which is the source of beings' happiness, is taken from Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo's (1382–1456) praise of the Vasudhārā (Tib. Norgyünma) maṇḍala. It is one of the most popular texts in the Sakya tradition. Read text >
Highlight from the archive
This section of Gateway to Learning (mkhas 'jug) explains the so-called "Four Great Logical Arguments of the Middle Way" (dbu ma'i gtan tshigs chen po bzhi), which are: 1) investigation of the cause: the Diamond Splinters; 2) investigation of the result: refuting existent or non-existent results; 3) investigation of the essential identity: ‘neither one nor many’; and 4) investigation of all: the Great Interdependence. This translation also includes some comments from Khenpo Nüden's celebrated commentary. Read text >
Read texts for free online
Explore our archives, searching by topic or author:
Or simply click on the links in the main menu
Download them for your e-reader
Every text on this site is freely downloadable in EPUB for iPad, iPhone, Android, etc., MOBI for Amazon Kindle, or PDF format
Look for the icons at the end of any text. You can also download an entire collection of texts on a given topic or by a given author.
* Lotsāwa ལོ་ཙཱ་བ་; lo tsā ba n. Title used for the native Tibetan translators who worked together with Indian scholars (or paṇḍitas) to translate the major buddhist texts into Tibetan from Sanskrit and other Asian languages. It is often said that it derives from the Sanskrit lokacakṣu, literally meaning "eyes of the world". See also paṇḍita.