The Buddha Shakyamuni gave an enormous number of important teachings to humanity, but sadly - following his own prediction - within five hundred years of his death the tradition had completely degenerated. Fortunately, the written word is not the only reliable transmission of wisdom; in fact, it may be the least reliable. A single letter out of place can change the whole meaning of a document. Yet, the awakened consciousness can extract knowledge and precise information from even the most elusive and intangible subject. This is why the Buddha always emphasized awakening as the prerequisite.
Nonetheless, there are written documents that accurately convey the wisdom of the Buddhas. Here we present a selection of important scriptures from the many traditions of Buddhism, but with a special focus on Tibetan Buddhism, which has long preserved Tantra and the esoteric teachings.
"Tremendous is the effort and the vigilance that is needed from second to second, from moment to moment, in order to not fall into illusions. One minute of unawareness is enough for the mind to be already dreaming about something else, distracting it from the job or deed that we are living at the moment."