Theravada Buddhism – Insight Meditation

* means: recommended for newer students of meditation


*Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation. A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzburg

* The Beginner’s Guide to Insight Meditation  by Arinna Weisman

* The Experience of Insight  by Joseph Goldstein

* Insight Meditation by Joseph Goldstein

One Dharma by Joseph Goldstein

* A Gradual Awakening by Stephen Levine–working with unworthiness, judging mind

*Radical Acceptance  by Tara Brach
–one of the most helpful books for many students overcoming shame and a sense of unworthiness.

Soul Without Shame by Byron Brown
working with the critical judge

* A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield

The Wise Heart by Jack Kornfield

* Seeking the Heart of Wisdom by Joseph Goldstein & Jack Kornfield

* Loving Kindness – the Revolutionary Art of Happiness by Sharon Salzberg
on the Four Brahma-Viharas or Divine Abodes

A Heart As Wide As the World by Sharon Salzberg

Faith by Sharon Salzberg

* Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratne

*Awakening Joy by James Baraz & Shoshona Alexander

*Dancing with Life by Phillip Moffit

*The Noble Eightfold Path by Bhikkhu Bodhi
–also at Access to Insight website under Theravadin Texts

The Heart of Buddhist Meditation by Nyanaponika Thera

* What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula
–good reference for basics and “lists”

The Heartwood of Bodhi by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu
–a look at emptiness

In the Buddha’s Words by Bhikkhu Bodhi
–anthology of Pali suttas with commentary

The Life of the Buddha by Bhikkhu Nanamoli
–selections from Pali suttas

Satipatthana – The Direct Path to Realization by Analayo

–an important book on the central sutta of the Vipassana tradition

The Mind and the Way by Ajahn Sumedho

Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zin
–the classic on working with pain and illness

Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zin

Being Nobody, Going Nowhere by Ayya Khema


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Other Buddhist Readings

Zen Buddhism

* Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Suzuki Roshi

* The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh

Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh

Peace in Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh

Old Path White Clouds by Thich Nhat Hanh

Tibetan Buddhism

When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron

The Wisdom of No Escape by Pema Chodron

The Places That Scare You by Pema Chodron

The Myth of Freedom and Shambala: Sacred Path of Wisdom by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Dzogchen teachings

Carefree Dignity by Tsoknyi Rinpoche

Fearless Simplicity by Tsoknyi Rinpoche

Open Heart/Open Mind: Awakening the Power of Essence Love by Tsoknyi Rinpoche


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Miscellaneous Dharma

When the Swans Came to the Lake by Rick Fields
–A History of Buddhadharma in the west

Toward a Psychology of Awakening by John Welwood
–an interface between Buddhism and Psychology

* The Power of Now by Eckhard Tolle

I Am That by Nisargadatta Maharaj

Freedom From the Known by J. Krishnamurti


Star Bright by Maureen Garth
–meditations for children


On Death and Dying:

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche

A Year To Live by Stephen Levine

Who Dies by Stephen Levine

Healing into Life and Death by Stephen Levine

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Manny Mansbach

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