The appeal of a book is such a personal experience.  How the concepts are expressed, the way the teachings are illustrated with practical or anecdotal examples, the author’s tone and choice of words, are just a few of the things that either turn us on or off in reading a book.  But a crucial element is sensing where we are in our spiritual path.  What offers insight and knowledge to my understanding?  What opens my mind and heart?  Uncertainty and confusion are not negative responses to new teachings.  Some teachers encourage students to sit with uncertainty and confusion, to open to it and let it inform our deeper understanding over time.  I have found this method quite beneficial. 

Here are a few of the books I have found growth-producing at different stages of my path.  I like to blend the teachings and  understanding I gain from live teachers and also from books.  Many contemporary Western teachers are finding current idiom and language to bring these ancient teachings alive and meaningful for our times.  Enjoy a good book like a good meal–savor the flavors and digest it slowly.

Batchelor, Martine, Meditation for Life

Batchelor, Stephen, Buddhism without Beliefs

Bhikkhu Bodhi, In the Buddha’s Words

Brach, Tara, Radical Acceptance

Chodon, Pema, When Things Fall Apart; The Places that Scare You; No Time to Lose

Goldstein, Joseph, One Dharma

Goldstein, Joseph and Kornfield, Jack, Seeking the Heart of Wisdom

Gunarantana, Ven. Henepola, Mindfulness in Plain English

Hanh, Thich Nhat, The Miracle of Mindfulness; Peace is Every Step

Kabat-Zinn, Jon, Full Catastrophe Living; Wherever You Go There You Are; Coming to our Senses

Kornfield, Jack, A Path with Heart

Lama Yeshe, Becoming Your Own Therapist and Make Your Mind an Ocean (the combined edition)

McLeod, Ken, Wake Up To Your Life

Salzberg, Sharon, Loving-Kindness

Secunda, Brant and Allen, Mark, Fit-Soul Fit-Body

Tolle, Eckhart, The Power of Now

Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Fearless Simplicity

Young, Shinzen, Break Through Pain

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