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Best Books on Buddhism

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Best Books on Buddhism
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The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching book cover
The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching
Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation
Thich Nhat Hanh - 1999-06-08 (first published in 1998)
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“If there is a candidate for ‘Living Buddha’ on earth today, it is Thich Nhat Hanh.”                                                                                                 – Richard Baker-roshi In The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching, now with added material and new insights, Thich Nhat Hanh introduces us to the core teachings of Buddhism an...
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What the Buddha Taught
Walpola Rahula - 1997-09-01 (first published in 1959)
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Librarian Note: An alternate cover edition for this ISBN (2008/white cover) exists in the database HERE.Buddhism continues to enjoy increasing interest in the West, both for its emphasis on reflection and meditation and as an object of scholarship. Drawing the words actually spoken by the Buddha, Rahula gives a full account of his fundamental teach...
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In the Buddha's Words
An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon (The Teachings of the Buddha)
Bhikkhu Bodhi - 2005-07-28
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The works of the Buddha can feel vast, and it is sometimes difficult for even longtime students to know where to look, especially since the Buddha never explicitly defined the framework behind his teachings. Designed to provide just such a framework, In the Buddha's Words is an anthology of the Buddha's works that has been specifically compiled by ...
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Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice
Shunryu Suzuki - 2011-06-28 (first published in 1970)
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"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few." So begins this most beloved of all American Zen books. Seldom has such a small handful of words provided a teaching as rich as has this famous opening line. In a single stroke, the simple sentence cuts through the pervasive tendency students have of getting so...
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A Path with Heart
A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
Jack Kornfield - 1993-06-01
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A guide to reconciling Buddhist spirituality with the American way of life addresses the challenges of spiritual living in the modern world and offers guidance for bringing a sense of the sacred to everyday experience....
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Tara Brach
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Mindfulness in Plain English
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana - 2011-09-06 (first published in 1992)
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Author Bhante Gunaratana, a renowned meditation master, takes us step by step through the myths, realities, and benefits of meditation and the practice of mindfulness. This expanded edition includes the complete text of its predecessor along with a new chapter on cultivating loving kindness. For anyone who is new to meditation, this is a great reso...
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Vinod Khosla
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Why Buddhism is True
The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment
Robert Wright - 2018-05-08 (first published in 2017)
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From one of America’s most brilliant writers, a New York Times bestselling journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness.At the heart of Buddhism is a simple claim: The reason we suffer—and the reason we make other people suffer—is that we don’t see the worl...
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Peace Is Every Step
The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
Thich Nhat Hanh - 1995-08-15 (first published in 1990)
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Lucidly and beautifully written, Peace Is Every Step contains commentaries and meditations, personal anecdotes and stories from Nhat Hanh's experiences as a peace activist, teacher, and community leader. It begins where the reader already is--in the kitchen, office, driving a car, walking in a park--and shows how deep meditative presence is availab...
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Taylor Otwell
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The Art of Happiness
A Handbook for Living
Dalai Lama - 2009-10-01 (first published in 1998)
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An updated edition of a beloved classic, the original book on happiness, with new material from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Dr. Howard Cutler. Nearly every time you see him, he's laughing, or at least smiling. And he makes everyone else around him feel like smiling. He's the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, a Nobel Prize ...
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No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners
Clear Answers to Burning Questions About Core Buddhist Teachings
Noah Rasheta - 2018-05-15
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Presented in a practical Q&A format, No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners is the most clear-cut introductory guide to understanding the essential concepts of Buddhism and how they relate to your daily life.How is an awakening different from enlightenment? Can agnostics and atheists be Buddhist? Am I supposed to stop thinking when I meditate? In No-No...
When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron
The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh
The Dhammapada by Eknath Easwaran
Old Path, White Clouds by Thich Nhat Hanh
The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche
The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva
The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha by Bhikkhu Nanamoli
How to Practice by Dalai Lama
Open Heart, Clear Mind by Thubten Chodron
The Foundations of Buddhism by Rupert Gethin
The Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving-Kindness by Pema Chodron
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa
Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
Lovingkindness by Sharon Salzberg
The Art of Living by William Hart
Buddhism Without Beliefs by Stephen Batchelor
Words of My Perfect Teacher by Patrul Rinpoche
Fear by Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindfulness by Joseph Goldstein
Practicing Mindfulness by Matthew Sockolov
The Three Pillars of Zen by Philip Kapleau Roshi
The Long Discourses of the Buddha by Maurice Walshe
Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
One Breath at a Time by Kevin Griffin
Satipaṭṭhāna by Anālayo
Breath by Breath by Larry Rosenberg
The Connected Discourses of the Buddha by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Awakening of the Heart by Thich Nhat Hanh
The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Buddhism by Michael Williams
The Buddha and His Teachings by Samuel Bercholz
Being Upright by Reb Anderson
The Poetry of Zen by Sam Hamill
Gautama Buddha by Vishvapani Blomfield
Radiant Mind by Jean Smith
On the Path to Enlightenment by Matthieu Ricard
The Art of Communicating by Thich Nhat Hanh
In Love with the World by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
Waking Up by Sam Harris
My Spiritual Journey by Dalai Lama
Start Where You Are by Pema Chodron
The Book by Alan Watts
The Wise Heart by Jack Kornfield
You Are Here by Thich Nhat Hanh
Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn
The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare
Awakening the Buddha Within by Lama Surya Das
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Happiness by Matthieu Ricard
The Road Home by Ethan Nichtern
The Other Shore by Thich Nhat Hanh
Dancing With Life by Phillip Moffitt
Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh
The Good Heart by Executive Excellence Publishing
The Pocket Thich Nhat Hanh by Thich Nhat Hanh
Essential Reiki by Diane Stein
The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi
Think Like a Monk by Jay Shetty
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh
I Am That by Nisargadatta Maharaj
The Places That Scare You by Pema Chodron
Living Beautifully by Pema Chodron
The Way of Zen by Alan Watts
No Mud, No Lotus by Thich Nhat Hanh
Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel
True Love by Thich Nhat Hanh
Comfortable with Uncertainty by Pema Chodron
Taking the Leap by Pema Chodron
Everyday Zen by Charlotte J. Beck
Awake in the Wild by Mark Coleman
An Open Heart by Dalai Lama
The Diamond Sutra and the Sutra of Hui-neng by Wong Mou-Lam
Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha by Daniel M Ingram
Joyful Wisdom by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
A Plea for the Animals by Matthieu Ricard
Way Of The White Clouds by Lama Anagarikaf Govinda
Love for Imperfect Things by Haemin Sunim
Out of Your Mind by Alan Watts
Zen Flesh, Zen Bones by Paul Reps