Reading Materials

Titles by topic

Insight and lovingkindness meditation guidance

  • The Experience of Insight
    Joseph Goldstein
  • The Four Foundations of Mindfulness
    U Silananda
  • The Heart of Buddhist Meditation
    Nyanaponika Thera
  • In This Very Life: The Liberation Teachings of the Buddha
    Sayadaw U Pandita
  • Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness
    Sharon Salzberg
  • Mindfulness in Plain English
    Bhante Gunaratana
  • Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation
    Sharon Salzberg

The Buddhist tradition

  • The Buddhist Religion
    Robinson & Johnson
  • The Foundations of Buddhism
    Rupert Gethin
  • The Heart of the Buddha’s Teachings
    Thich Nhat Hanh
  • The Story of Buddhism
    Donald Lopez

Theravada Buddhism

  • Being Dharma: The Essence of the Buddha’s Teachings
    Ajahn Chah
  • Being Nobody, Going Nowhere
    Ayya Khema
  • The Buddha and His Teaching
    Narada Thera
  • A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma
    Bhikkhu Bodhi, ed.
  • Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree
    Buddhadasa Bhikkhu
  • The Noble Eightfold Path
    Bhikkhu Bodhi
  • The Path of Purification (Visuddhi Magga)
    Bhikkhu Nanamoli, tr.
  • The Path to Deliverance
    Nyanatiloka
  • Theravada Buddhism
    Richard Gombrich
  • The Vision of Dhamma
    Nyanaponika Thera
  • What the Buddha Taught
    Walpola Rahula
  • Wheel of Dhamma
    Mahasi Sayadaw
  • Wings to Awakening
    Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Suttas: The discourses of the Buddha (commentaries)

  • Anguttara Nikaya: An Anthology
    Nyanaponika Thera, tr.
  • The Connected Discourses of the Buddha: A New Translation of the Samyutta Nikaya
    Bhikkhu Bodhi
  • The Dhammapada
    Ananda Maitreya
  • The Dhammapada
    Narada Thera, tr.
  • The Dhammapada
    Gil Fronsdal, tr.
  • The Dhammapada
    Thanissaro Bhikkhu, tr.
  • Handful of Leaves
    Thanissaro Bhikkhu, tr.
  • In the Buddha’s Words: An Anthology of Discourses form the Pali Canon
    Bhikkhu Bodhi, ed.
  • The Long Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Digha Nikaya
    Maurice Walshe
  • The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: A New Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya
    Bhikkhu Nanamoli & Bhikkhu Bodhi
  • Sellekha Sutta (& commentary)
    Mahasi Sayadaw
  • Splendor of Enlightenment: A Life of the Buddha, 2 vols.
    Phra Khantipalo
  • The Sutta Nipata
    H. Saddhatissa, tr.
  • Word of the Buddha
    Nyanatiloka
  • Treasury of the Buddha’s Words, 3 vols.
    Ven. Nyanamoli, tr., Phra Khantipalo, ed.

Buddhism in the West

  • The Awakening of the West
    Stephen Batchelor
  • Buddhism in America
    Richard Hughes Seager
  • How the Swans Came to the Lake
    Rick Fields

People of color and Buddhism

  • Dharma, Color, and Culture
    Hilda Gutierrez Baldoquin, ed.
  • Dreaming Me
    Janice Willis
  • Meeting Faith
    Faith Adiele

Buddhist books for children

  • Each Breath A Smile
    Thich Nhat Hanh
  • The Jataka Tales Series
    Dharma Publishing
  • Moody Cow Meditates
    Kerry Lee MacLean
  • Moody Cow Learns Compassion
    Kerry Lee MacLean
  • Peaceful Piggy Meditation
    Kerry Lee MacLean
  • Prince Siddhartha
    Jonathan Landaw
  • A Treasury of Wise Action: Jataka Tales of Compassion & Wisdom
    Yeshe De Project

Buddhist books on parenting

  • Baby Buddhas
    Lisa Desmond
  • Buddhism for Mothers
    Sarah Napthali
  • Child's Mind
    Christopher Willard
  • Dharma Family Treasures
    Sandy Eastoak, ed.
  • Everyday Blessings
    Myla & Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • The Family Meditation Book
    Kerry Lee MacLean
  • Karma Kids
    Greg Holden
  • The Mindful Child
    Susan Kaiser Greenland
  • Mindfulness for the Next Generation
    Holly Rogers
  • Momfulness
    Denise Roy
  • Planting Seeds
    Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Teaching Meditation to Children
    Fontana & Slack
Books on bookshelf

Buddhist books for youth/teens

  • Blue Jean Buddha: Voices of Young Buddhists
    Sumi Loundon, ed.
  • Buddha in Your Backpack
    Franz Metcalf
  • The Buddha's Apprentices
    Sumi Loundon
  • Dharma Punx
    Noah Levine
  • Just Say Om
    Soren Gordhamer
  • Pure Heart, Enlightened Mind
    Maura O’Halloran
  • Wide Awake: A Buddhist Guide for Teens
    Diana Winston

Socially engaged Buddhism

  • Buddhist Peacework
    David Chappell, ed.
  • Dharma Rain
    Kenneth Kraft & Stephanie Kaza, eds.
  • Engaged Buddhism in the West
    Chris Queen, ed.
  • Peace is Every Step
    Thich Nhat Hanh

Women and Buddhism

  • Buddhism After Patriarchy
    Rita Gross
  • The First Buddhist Women
    Susan Murcott, tr.
  • Meeting the Great Bliss Queen
    Anne C. Klein
  • Women’s Buddhism, Buddhism’s Women
    Ellison Findly, ed.

Interfaith

  • The Good Heart
    His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • The Jew in the Lotus
    Rodger Kamenetz
  • Living Buddha, Living Christ
    Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Mind in the Balance: Meditation in Science, Buddhism and Christianity
    B. Alan Wallace

Buddhism and psychology

  • Buddhist Practice on Western Ground: Reconciling Eastern Ideals & Western Psychology
    Harvey Aronson
  • The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions
    Christopher Germer
  • Mindfulness and Psychotherapy
    Christopher Germer, Ronald Siegel and Paul Fulton (eds)
  • The Principles of Buddhist Psychology
    David Kalupahana
  • Thoughts Without a Thinker
    Mark Epstein

Mindfulness-based practices and programs in medicine, psychology, neuroscience and society

  • Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness
    Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Contemplative Science: Where Buddhism & Neuroscience Converge
    B. Alan Wallace
  • Destructive Emotions
    Daniel Goleman
  • Heal Thy Self: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine
    Saki Santorelli
  • Healing Emotions
    Daniel Goleman
  • The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret & Science of Happiness
    Mingyur Rinpoche
  • The Mindful Brain
    Daniel J. Siegel
  • The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself From Destructive Thoughts and Emotions
    Christopher Germer
  • The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself From Chronic Unhappiness
    Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, and Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression
    Zindel Segal, Mark Williams, and John Teasdale
  • Mindfulness and Psychotherapy
    Christopher Germer, Ronald Siegel, and Paul Fulton (eds.)
  • Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves
    Sharon Begley

Other books on mindfulness

  • Full Catastrophe Living
    Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • A Gradual Awakening
    Stephen Levine
  • Wherever You Go, There You Are
    Jon Kabat-Zinn

Other widely-read dharma books

  • The Art of Happiness
    His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • Awakening Loving-kindness
    Pema Chödrön
  • Buddhism Without Beliefs
    Stephen Batchelor
  • Confession of a Buddhist Athiest
    Stephen Batchelor
  • Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism
    Chogyam Trungpa
  • Ethics for the New Millenium
    His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • Great Disciples of the Buddha
    Nyanaponika Thera & Hellmuth Hecker
  • The Heart of the Revolution
    Noah Levine
  • The Meditative Mind
    Daniel Goleman
  • The Miracle of Mindfulness
    Thich Nhat Hanh
  • One Robe, One Bowl
    Ryokan (Stevens, tr.)
  • Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
    Sogyal Rinpoche
  • When Things Fall Apart
    Pema Chödrön
  • The Wisdom of No Escape
    Pema Chödrön
  • Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind
    Suzuki Roshi

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