Reading List: Meditation, Buddhism and more

Reading List: Meditation, Buddhism and more

By Editor | Feb 2 2013


A selection of books and CDs are available for sale at the Wednesday night class. IMCW does not sell these materials o­n the website and we can not take mail orders.

The following books are recommended by IMCW's senior teachers. We hope that you enjoy them.

* Denotes books that are good as an introduction to Buddhist practice and teachings.
** Denotes books that are good for more experienced students.


Vipassana-Mindfulness or Insight Meditation

Analayo, Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization**

James Baraz, Awakening Joy: 10 Steps That Will Put You on the Road to Real Happiness

Ajahn Amaro, Small Boat, Great Mountain (link to free copy in .pdf) - (Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery, 2003)**

Sylvia Boorstein, It's Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness

Bhikkhu Bodhi, In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon (Teachings of the Buddha) **

Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha*

Tara Brach, True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart*

Steven Flowers and Bob Stahl, Living with Your Heart Wide Open: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You From Unworthiness, Inadequacy & Shame

Gil Fronsdal, A Monastery Within

Gil Fronsdal, The Issue at Hand

Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield, Seeking the Heart of Wisdom: The Path of Insight Meditation (Shambhala Classics) *

Joseph Goldstein, Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening

Joseph Goldstein, One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism

Henepola Gunaratana, Mindfulness in Plain English: Revised and Expanded Edition *

Henepola Gunaratana, Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness: Walking the Buddha's Path

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go, There You Are

Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life *

Jack Kornfield, with Gil Fronsdal, Teachings of the Buddha

Jack Kornfield, The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology

Wes Nisker, Buddha's Nature: A Practical Guide to Enlightenment Through Evolution

Walpola Rahula, What the Buddha Taught: Revised and Expanded Edition with Texts from Suttas and Dhammapada

Larry Rosenberg, Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation*

Sharon Salzberg, Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (Shambhala Classics) *

Thich Nhat Hanh, The Miracle of Mindfulness *

Ajahn Sumedho, The Sound of Silence: The Selected Teachings of Ajahn Sumedho **

Nyanaponika Thera, The Heart of Buddhist Meditation: Satipatthna: A Handbook of Mental Training Based on the Buddha's Way of Mindfulness **

Knaster, Mirka, Living This Life Fully: Stories and Teachings of Munindra


Charlotte Joko Beck, Nothing Special: Living Zen

Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

Darlene Cohen, Turning Suffering Inside Out


Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times (Shambhala Classics)

Pema Chodron, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times (Shambhala Library)

Lama Surya Das, Awakening the Buddha Within: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World

Sogyal Rinpoche, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying: The Spiritual Classic & International Bestseller

Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Fearless Simplicity: The Dzogchen Way of Living Freely in a Complex World **

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

Tsultrim Allione, Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict

Tulku Urgyen Rimpoche, As It Is Vol. 1 (As It Is) **

Diversity in Dharma

Hilda Gutierrez Baldoquin, Dharma, Color, and Culture: New Voices in Western Buddhism

Engaged Buddhism

Fred Eppsteiner, The Path of Compassion: Writings on Socially Engaged Buddhism

Joanna Macy, World as Lover, World as Self: Courage for Global Justice and Ecological Renewal

Donald Rothberg, The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World


Adyashanti, Emptiness Dancing**

Rezvan Ameli, 25 Lessons in Mindfulness: Now Time for Healthy Living*

Amodeo, John, Dancing with Fire: A Mindful Way to Loving Relationships

Marc Ian Barasch,  Field Notes on the Compassionate Life: A Search for the Soul of Kindness

Stephen Batchelor, Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening

Toni Bernhard, How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers

Toni Bernhard, How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow

Darlene Cohen, Turning Suffering Inside Out

Mark Epstein, Going to Pieces without Falling Apart: A Buddhist Perspective on Wholeness

Linda Graham, Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being

Rick Hanson and Richard Mendius, Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom

Dan Morhaim, The Better End: Surviving (and Dying) on Your Own Terms in Today's Modern Medical World

Kristen Neff, Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind

Lewis Richmond, Aging as a Spiritual Practice

Lorin Roche, Ph.D., The Radiance Sutras

Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D., Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life

Dan Siegel, Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation

Ronald D. Siegel and Christopher Germer (editors), Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice

Susan Stone, The Kosambi Intrigue; A Tale in the Time of Buddha - NOTE: This is fiction.

Congressman Tim Ryan, A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit

Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose (Oprah's Book Club, Selection 61)

Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

Nisargadatta Maharaj, I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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