Selected Books

Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, is an excellent primer on Vipassana meditation.

* Denotes Recommended for beginners.


  • * Sylvia Boorstein, It's Easier Than You Think, (1995)
  • Thanissaro Bhikkhu, The Wings to Awakening, (1996)
  • Stephen Batchelor, Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening, (1997)
  • Stephen Batchelor, The Awakening of the West: The Encounter of Buddhism and Western Culture, (1994)
  • Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance -- Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha, (2003)
  • Achaan Chah, A Still Forest Pool, (1985)
  • Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield, Seeking the Heart of Wisdom, (1987)
  • *Joseph Goldstein, Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom, (1993)
  • Joseph Goldstein, One Dharma -- The Emerging Western Buddhism, (2002)
  • Joseph Goldstein, Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening, (2016)
  • Bhanta Gunaratana, Mindfulness in Plain English, (1991)
  • Bhanta Gunaratana, Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English, (2012)
  • * Gavin Harrison, In the Lap of the Buddha, (1994)
  • Ayya Khema, Being Nobody Going Nowhere: Meditations on the Buddhist Path, (1987)
  • Ayya Khema, Who Is My Self?: A Guide to Buddhist Meditation, (1997)
  • * Jon Kabat-Zinn,Wherever You Go There You Are -- Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life, (1994)
  • * Jack Kornfield, A Path With Heart -- A Guide through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life, (1993)
  • Jack Kornfield, Living Dharma : Teachings of Twelve Buddhist Masters, (1996)
  • Jack Kornfield (ed.), Teachings of the Buddha, (1996)
  • Jack Kornfield, After the Ecstasy, the Laundry -- How the Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual Path, (2000)
  • *Sharon Salzberg, Lovingkindness -- The Revolutionary Art of Happiness, (1995)
  • Sharon Salzberg, A Heart as Wide as the World -- Stories on the Path of Lovingkindness, (1999)
  • Sharon Salzberg, Faith, (2002)
  • Amy Schmidt, Knee Deep in Grace -- The Extraordinary Life and Teachings of Dipa Ma(2003)
  • Nyanaponika Thera, The Heart of Buddhist Meditation – A Handbook of Mental Training Based on the Buddha's Way of Mindfulness, (1965)


  • Charlotte Joko Beck, Everyday Zen, (1989)
  • Charlotte Joko Beck, Nothing Special: Living Zen, (1993)
  • Robert E. Buswell, Tracing Back the Radiance: Chinul's Korean Way of Zen, ( 1991)
  • Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, (1970)
  • Thich Nhat Hanh, Being Peace
  • Thich Nhat Hanh, Going Home -- Jesus and Buddha as Brothers, (1999)
  • Thich Nhat Hanh, Living Buddha Living Christ, (1995)
  • * Thich Nhat Hanh, The Long Road Turns to Joy -- A Guide to Walking Meditation, (1996)
  • * Thich Nhat Hanh, The Miracle of Mindfulness, (1975)
  • Angel Kyodo Williams, Being Black, (2000) 

Tibetan Buddhism

  • Dalai Lama, A Flash of Lightning in the Dark of Night -- A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life, (1994)
  • Dalai Lama, The Good Heart -- Buddhist Perspectives on the Teachings of Jesus, (1996)
  • Dalai Lama, The Art of Happiness -- A Handbook for Living, (1998)
  • Dalai Lama, Essence of the Heart Sutra -- The Dalai Lama's Heart of Wisdom Teachings, (2002)
  • Pema Chodron, Start Where You Are -- A Guide to Compassionate Living, (1994)
  • Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart -- Heart Advice for Difficult Times, (1997)
  • Pema Chodron, The Places That Scare You -- A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times, (2001)
  • Matthieu Ricard, Journey to Enlightenment -- The Life and World of Khyentse Rinpoche, Spiritual Teacher from Tibet, (1997)
  • Sogyal Rinpoche, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, (1992)
  • Surya Das, Awakening the Buddha Within -- Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World, (1997)
  • Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Fearless Simplicity -- The Dzogchen Way of Living Freely in a Complex World, (2003)
  • Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Rainbow Painting, (1995)

Spiritual Journey

  • Lex Hixon, Coming Home: The Experience of Enlightenment in Sacred Traditions, (1978)
  • Stephen Levine, A Gradual Awakening, (1979)
  • Stephen Levine, Healing Into Life and Death, (1987)
  • Stephen Levine, A Year to Live -- How to Live This Year As If It Were Your Last, ( 1997)
  • Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, I Am That (1973)

Engaged Buddhism

  • Thomas Berry, The Dream of the Earth, (1988)
  • Thomas Berry, The Great Work -- Our Way into the Future, (1999)
  • Fritjof Capra, The Web of Life -- A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems, (1996)
  • Fritjof Capra and David Steindl-Rast, Belonging to the Universe -- Explorations on the Frontiers of Science and Spirituality, (1992)
  • Joanna Macy, World as Lover, World as Self, (1991)

Science and Buddhism

  • David Bohm and F. David Peat, Science, Order, and Creativity, Second Edition, ( 2000)
  • David Bohm, Wholeness and the Implicate Order, (1981)
  • Joanna Macy, Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General System Theory -- The Dharma of Natural Systems, (1991)
  • Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela, The Tree of Knowledge - The Biological Roots of Human Understanding, (1987)
  • *Wes Nisker, Buddha Nature -- Evolution as a Practical Guide to Enlightenment, (1998)
  • Matthieu Ricard and Trinh Xuan Thuan, The Quantum and the Lotus – Journey to the Frontiers Where Science and Buddhism Meet, (2001)
  • Francisco Varela, Evan Thompson, Eleanor Rosch, The Embodied Mind -- Cognitive Science and Human Experience, (1991)
  • B. Alan Wallace, Choosing Reality, (1996)
  • Renee Weber, Dialogues with Scientists and Sages -- The Search for Unity, (1986)

Historical Buddhist Fiction

  • Susan Carol Stone, The Kosambi Intrigue; A Tale in the Time of the Buddha (2012)

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