Books by Venerable Geshe Kelsang

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.

These books are available in multiple formats. Click on the link beneath each one to be taken to where you can purchase a copy.

Free ebooks

Two of Geshe Kelsang's books are available as free downloads. Visit to download Modern Buddhism and to download How to Transform Your Life.

A practical manual for daily life that shows 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.

Geshe Kelsang begins by presenting the Four Noble Truths. He then focuses on overcoming the problem of anger, learning how to develop and maintain patience when faced with even the most difficult circumstances.

This book reveals how to build a foundation for the spiritual path, how to progress on that path and how to complete it. With compassion and wisdom we can accomplish the real meaning of our life.

Beginning with Buddha’s life story, this concise guide explains the essential elements of the Buddhist way of life, such as understanding the mind, rebirth, karma and ultimate truth, and what it means to be a Buddhist.

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.

Based on the famous Eight Verses of Training the Mind by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva, Langri Tangpa, this inspiring book reveals essential methods for developing universal love and compassion, the source of true happiness.

This book offers us deep insight into our mind, and shows how an understanding of its nature and functions helps us recognize and abandon states of mind that harm us, and replace them with peaceful and beneficial ones.

The twenty-one Buddhist meditation practices presented in this book are actual methods to control our mind and experience lasting inner peace. These meditations guide us step-by-step towards enlightenment.

With this book, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso gives a clear and comprehensive explanation of the entire path to enlightenment, presenting all Buddha’s teachings in the order in which they are to be practiced.

By revealing the profound meaning 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.

Composed in the 8th century by Shantideva, this new translation, made under the guidance of Geshe Kelsang, conveys the great lucidity and poetic beauty of the original, while preserving its full impact and spiritual insight.

A Bodhisattva is a friend of the world who, motivated by compassion, seeks enlightenment to benefit all living beings. In this book, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso explains how to take and keep the Bodhisattva's vows.

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

We are alive, therefore we will die. This is the simplest, most obvious truth of our existence. This inspiring book helps us to make the most of our human life, to prepare for death and to help others who are dying.

In this book Geshe Kelsang Gyatso explains two essential spiritual practices through which we can develop the inner strength needed to overcome all obstacles and gain the realizations of the path to enlightenment .

This precious book reveals the uncommon practice of Tantric Mahamudra of the Ganden Oral Lineage, which the author, Venerable Geshe Kelsang received directly from his Spiritual Guide, Vajradhara Trijang Rinpoche.

This book is a highly acclaimed commentary to the great Indian Buddhist Master Shantideva’s famous poem Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, one of the most important Mahayana Buddhist texts.

This book 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.

From his practical experience, Geshe Kelsang explains how to prepare our mind for Mahamudra meditation, how to remove obstacles to our practice, and how we can experience progressively subtler states of mind.

This book is a manual for Tantric meditation that reveals the most profound secrets of the ancient Yogis using the subtle energy system within our body and makes their blissful experience accessible to the modern world.

Great Treasury of Merit is an indispensable handbook providing unparalleled profundity and clarity on the practice of Offering to the Spiritual Guide (Lama Chöpa), one of the most important meditation practices of Kadampa Buddhism.

This book is a definitive manual for completing the spiritual path through the practice of Highest Yoga Tantra. Actual Tantra is a special method taught by Buddha to purify our world, our self, our enjoyments and our activities.

This comprehensive guide provides a detailed and practical explanation of the two stages of Vajrayogini practice – generation stage and completion stage – and shows how we can integrate these practices into our daily life,

With this book, Geshe Kelsang explains how we can practice the sublime meditations of Heruka body mandala, and thereby gradually transform our ordinary world and experiences into those of a fully enlightened being.