Dharma Reading

Recommended Books for Beginning Meditators

  • Why Meditate?  Working with Thoughts and Emotions
  • Mindfulness in Plain English – Ven Henepola Gunaratana
  • Mindfulness:  an Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World – Mark Williams and Danny Penman
  • A Path with Heart – Jack Kornfield
  • The Experience of Insight – Joseph Goldstein
  • Seeking the Heart of Wisdom – Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield
  • Full Catastrophe Living – Jon Kabat-Zinn

Understanding Buddhist Thought and Practice

  • The Naked Buddha – Venerable Adrienne Howley
  • The Art of Happiness:  A Handbook for Living by the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler
  • Healing Anger: The Ppower of Patience from a Buddhist Perspective – the Dalai lama
  • Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness – Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
  • What the Buddha Taught – Walpola Rahula
  • The Mind and the Way – Ajahn Sumedho
  • Who is Myself ? – Ayya Khema
  • Loving Kindness – Sharon Salzberg
  • Faith – Sharon Salzberg
  • A Heart as Wide as the World – Sharon Salzberg
  • Taking the Leap – Pema Chodron
  • Start Where You Are – Pema Chodron
  • When Things Fall Apart – Pema Chodron
  • Everyday Zen – Charlotte Joko Beck
  • Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind – Shunryu Suzuki
  • Meditation in Action – Chogyam Trungpa
  • Still Forest Pool: the Insight Meditation of Ajahn Chah – Jack Kornfield, Paul Breiter
  • The Wise Heart – Jack Kornfield
  • Transmission: Receiving the Living Wisdom of Spiritual Teachers – Jack Kornfield (audiobook only)
  • Coming to Our Senses – Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Happiness is an Inside Job – Sylvia Boorstein
  • It’s Easier than You Think – Sylvia Boorstein
  • Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There – Sylvia Boorstein
  • Dipa Ma – Amy Schmidt
  • Buddhism Without Beliefs – Stephen Batchelor
  • Buddha’s Nature: Evolution as a Practical Guide to Enlightenment – Wes Nisker
  • Tibetan Book of Living and Dying – Sogyal Rinpoche
  • Letting Go of the Person You Used to Be – Lama Surya Das
  • Shambala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior – Chogyam Trungpa
  • The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness – Chogyam Trungpa
  • When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times – Pema Chodron
  • The Making of Buddhist Modernism – David McMahan
  • The Quantum and the Lotus – Matthieu and Trinh Xuan Thuan

Books that Focus on Practice

  • The Heart of Buddhist Meditation – Nyanaponika Thera
  • Peace is Every Step – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • How Can I Help ? – Ram Das, Paul Gorman

Buddhist Texts

  • In the Buddha’s Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canan – translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi
  • The Life of the Buddha – Bhikkhu Nanamoli
  • Dhammapada – Thomas Byrom
  • Teachings of the Buddha – edited by Jack Kornfield
  • The Way of the Bodhisattva – Shantideva
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