I've seen a couple of lecture videos by him and I just love his enthusiasm and passion for the subject of Tibetan Buddhism. He's also super-funny in a very geeky sort of way.
I didn't read through this entire book. It's a collection of ancient Tibetan writings (translated by Thurman) and a lot of the subject matter is way over my head. Still, the beauty of the language and the imagery is inescapable.
There is a wonderful story of the life of the Buddha. It follows the canonical account that all Buddhist tradtions tell, but adds layer after layer of supernatural imagery. Wish-fulfilling gems, five-hundred-mile-high trees, hosts of deities, demons and angles, miracles and prophesies all combine to illustrate a vibrant view of the nature of reality.
This is a book that I'm going to keep handy and read bits and pieces of as I learn more about this wonderful tradition.
eBook Essential Tibetan Buddhism