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Reading List: Meditation, Buddhism and more

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 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
• Zen
• Tibetan
• Grieving, Death and Dying
• Racism, Equity, Inclusivity
• Engaged Buddhism
• Mindfulness for Children and Teens
• Other

Vipassana-Mindfulness or Insight Meditation

Analayo, Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization**

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

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

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 *

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, Updated and Expanded Edition*

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

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life

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

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*

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

Thich Nhat Hanh, The Miracle of Mindfulness*

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

William Tuttle, Buddhism and Veganism: Essays Connecting Spiritual Awakening and Animal Liberation

Zen

Charlotte Joko Beck, Nothing Special: Living Zen 

Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

Tibetan

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; Revised and Updated Edition

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

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

Tulku Urgyen Rimpoche, As It Is, Vol. 2**

Grieving, Death and Dying

Joan Halifax, Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death

Thich Nhat Hanh, No Death, No Fear: Comforting Wisdom for Life

Edie Hartshorne, Light in Blue Shadows

Stephen Levine, Healing into Life and Death (and other books by Stephen Levine)

Kathleen Dowling Singh, The Grace in Dying : How We Are Transformed Spiritually as We Die

Francis Weller, The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief

Racism, Equity, Inclusivity

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

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me

Robin DiAngelo, White Fragility (link to pdf)

Gary R. Howard, We Can’t Teach What We Don’t Know: White Teachers, Multiracial Schools (Multicultural Education Series)

Debby Irving, Waking Up White: and Finding Myself in the Story of Race

Charles R. Johnson, Taming the Ox: Buddhist Stories and Reflections on Politics, Race, Culture, and Spiritual Practice

Ruth King, Mindful of Race Training – A Stimulus for Social Healing & Leadership

Kittisaro & Thanissara, Listening to the Heart: A Contemplative Journey to Engaged Buddhism

Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, The Way of Tenderness: Awakening through Race, Sexuality, and Gender

California Newsreel, “Race: the Power of an Illusion” (film series)

Pax Christi Anti-Racist Team, Building Accountable Relationships with Communities of Color (online resource)

Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker, “Not Somewhere Else, But Here” (essay)

Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Thanissara, Time to Stand Up: An Engaged Buddhist Manifesto for Our Earth — The Buddha’s Life and Message through Feminine Eyes (Sacred Activism)

Barbara Trepagnier, Silent Racism: How Well-Meaning White People Perpetuate the Racial Divide

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

Mindfulness for Children and Teens

James Baraz, Awakening Joy for Kids

Lee-Anne Gray, Self-Compassion for Teens: 129 Activities & Practices to Cultivate Kindness

Thich Nhat Hanh, A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles

Thich Nhat Hanh, Mindful Movements: Ten Exercises for Well-Being

Thich Nhat Hanh, Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children

Mitchell Hoffsteader and Betsy Thomson, Meditation, My Friend: Meditation for Kids and Beginners of all Ages

Shauna Shapiro and Chris White, Mindful Discipline: A Loving Approach to Setting Limits and Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child

Diana Winston, Wide Awake: A Buddhist Guide for Teens

Other

Adyashanti, Emptiness Dancing**

Adyashanti, Falling into Grace

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

John Amodeo, 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

Richard Brown and Patricia Gerbarg, The Healing Power of the Breath: Simple Techniques to Reduce Stress and Anxiety, Enhance Concentration, and Balance Your Emotions

Darlene Cohen, Turning Suffering Inside Out

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

Chris Germer, The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions

Daniel Gottleib, Letters to Sam: A Grandfather’s Lessons on Love, Loss, and the Gifts of Life

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

Barry Heermann, Noble Purpose: Igniting Extraordinary Passion for Life and Work

Stephen Josephs, Dragons At Work

Jonathan Kaplan, Urban Mindfulness: Cultivating Peace, Presence, and Purpose in the Middle of It All

Loch Kelly, Shift into Freedom: The Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness

Jean Kristeller, The Joy of Half a Cookie: Using Mindfulness to Lose Weight and End the Struggle with Food

Robert Lesoine & Marilynne Chophel, Unfinished Conversation: Healing from Suicide and Loss

Nisargadatta Maharaj, I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta

Phillip Moffitt, Dancing with Life: Buddhist Insights for Finding Meaning and Joy in the Face of Suffering

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

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

Mary O’Malley, What’s in the Way Is the Way

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

Brenda Salgado (edited by), Real World Mindfulness for Beginners: Navigate Daily Life One Practice at a Time

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, New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

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

Bessel van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth

Sherrie Vavrichek, The Guide to Compassionate Assertiveness: How to Express Your Needs and Deal with Conflict While Keeping a Kind Heart

John Wellwood, Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships: Healing the Wound of the Heart

Jo Weston, Mastering Respectful Confrontation: A Guide to Personal Freedom and Empowered, Collaborative Engagement

It is the mission of IMCW is to support the awakening of hearts and minds through the direct experience of the Buddhist path, and the integration and manifestation of wisdom and compassion in all aspects of life, for the benefit of all beings.

IMCW
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Phone: 202.986.2922

Email: meditate@imcw.org