Some Basic Books on Mindfulness Meditation

On Theravada Buddhism and Insight Meditation

Stephen Levine, A Gradual Awakening, Anchor Books
Bante H. Gunaratana, Mindfulness in Plain English (usually free somewhere on the web)
Ajahn Sumedho, The Way It Is
(Amaravati Buddhist Monastery – many titles, also those by Ajahn Chah, Ajahn Succitto, Ajahn Amaro and others, free/by donation.
For a current list, send a Self Addressed, Stamped Envelope to: Amaravati Publications, Great Gaddesden, Hemel Hempstead, Herts, HP1 3BZ, England)
Titles by Joseph Goldstein
The Experience of Insight (Shambhala)
Insight Meditation (Shambhala)
Seeking the Heart of Wisdom [With Jack Kornfield] (Shambhala)
Sayadaw U Pandita, In This Very Life (Wisdom Publications) – advanced teachings on Burmese Buddhist style of insight meditation practice
Jon Kabat-Zinn: (mindfulness based stress reduction – Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society, U. Mass Medical School):
Full Catastrophe Living
Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Daily Life
Titles by Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh
(Mindfulness – Mahayana, Zen) see
The Miracle of Mindfulness: A Manual on Meditation (Beacon Press)
The Long Road Turns to Joy: A Guide to Walking Meditation (Parallax Press)
Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life (Parallax Press)
Transformation and Healing
Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames (Riverhead Books)
The Heart of the Buddha’s Teachings (Parallax Press)

Other Titles on Basic Buddhist Principles and Meditation Practice

Joseph Goldstein: One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism (new March 2002)
Sharon Salzberg:
Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness
A Heart As Wide as the World
Pema Chodron
(Tibetan Tonglen and Compassion Practices; she’s a western Tibetan nun):
Start Where You Are
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
The Places that Scare you
Noble Heart (a tape set available from Sounds True that is excellent)
Joko Beck
(Zen Buddhism – she’s a western Zen teacher):
Everyday Zen
Nothing Special: Living Zen
Larry Rosenberg: Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation
Ayya Khema:
Being Nobody, Going Nowhere
Who is My Self? A Guide to Buddhist Meditation
Jack Kornfield:
A Path With Heart
After The Ecstasy, The Laundry: How the Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual Path
Sakyong Mipham: Turning the Mind Into An Ally
Tara Brach: Radical Acceptance
Amy Schmidt: Knee Deep in Grace; the Extraordinary Life and Teachings of Dipa Ma

On Meditating with Children and Teens

Thich Nhat Hanh A Pebble for Your Pocket (Parallax Press)
Sandy Eastoak, editor Dharma Family Treasures (North Atlantic Books)
Diana Winston Wide Awake: A Buddhist Guide for Teens
Norman Fischer Taking our Places: The Buddhist Path of Truly Growing Up
Gordhamer, Soren. Just Say Om! A Teenager’s Guide

Buddhist and Meditative Perspectives on Death, Dying and Illness

Thich Nhat Hanh: No Death, No Fear (Riverhead Books, Penguin)
Rodney Smith: Lessons from the Dying (Wisdom Publications)
Larry Rosenberg: Living in the Light of Death
Gavin Harrison: In The Lap of the Buddha
Sogyal Rinpoche: The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
Judith Lief: Making Friends With Death: A Buddhist Guide to Encountering Mortality (Shambhala)
Christine Longaker, Facing Death and Finding Hope: a guide to the emotional and spriritual care of the dying (Broadway Books, New York) – from the Tibetan tradition
Padmasambhava according to Karma Lingpa: The Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Liberation Through Hearing in the Bardo (translated by Freemantle and Trungpa, Shambhala Publications, 2000)

On Buddhist Ethics and Social Action

Arnold Kotler, ed. Engaged Buddhist Reader (Parallax Press)
Dalai Lama, Ethics for the New Millennium (Riverhead Books – Putnam)
Thich Nhat Hanh, For a Future to Be Possible (Parallax Press)

On Buddhist/Christian Connection

Thich Nhat Hanh:
Living Buddha, Living Christ
Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers
H.H. Dalai Lama, The Good Heart
Patrick Henry, editor: Benedict’s Dharma: Buddhists Reflect on the Rule of St. Benedict

On Buddhist/Jewish Connection

The Jew in the Lotus
Some of the writing of Sylvia Boorstein

On The History of Buddhism and Buddhism in the West

Buddhism: A Concise Introduction, Houston Smith and Philip Novak (Harper, 2003)
The Buddhist Religion (Robinson and Johnson – it’s a textbook, very expensive) 3rd & 4th editions
The Faces of Buddhism in America
The New Buddhism by James William Coleman (Oxford University Press)

Original Sources

The Buddha:
The Dhamapada (Basic Teachings) – there are many translations available
The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: A New Translation of the Majjihima Nikaya Translated by Bhikkhu Nanamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi, Wisdom Publications


Dharma Seed Tapes (handles the Insight Meditation Society teachers’ tapes)
Box 66
Wendell Depot, MA 01380

Sounds True Catalogue (many audio tape sets on meditation including the above authors)
PO Box 8010
Boulder CO 80306-8010 800/333-9185

Pema Chödrön’s tapes can be ordered from Sounds True and also:
Great Path Tapes and Books
– Robert and Jill Walker
330 E. Van Hoesen
Portage, MI 49002
(616) 384-4167;

Websites that contain many teachings on Mindfulness Meditation, particularly from the Theravada Buddhist tradition

Access to Insight
DharmaNet International