Books On Buddhism

Buddhism Books

Find here a selected list of books on Buddhism, life and teachings of the Buddha, the Buddhist philosophy, the practice of mindfulness, meditation techniques, Buddhist scriptures, and various schools of Buddhism.



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Buddhism for Mothers: A Calm Approach to Caring for Yourself and Your Children ~ Sarah Napthali

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

Buddhism for Beginners ~ Thubten Chodron

Buddhism For Dummies (For Dummies (Religion & Spirituality)) ~ Jonathan Landaw

Buddhism Plain and Simple ~ Steve Hagen

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

Offerings: Buddhist Wisdom for Every Day (Offerings for Humanity) ~ Danielle Föllmi

What Makes You Not a Buddhist ~ Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse

Buddhism without Beliefs ~ Stephen Batchelor

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

Mindfulness for Beginners - Jon Kabat-Zinn

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times - Pema Chodron

The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living - Dalai Lama

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

Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life - Thich Nhat Hanh

How to Be an Adult in Relationships: The Five Keys to Mindful Loving - David Richo

The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times - Pema Chodron

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying: The Spiritual Classic & International Bestseller; Revised and Updated Edition - Sogyal Rinpoche

The Miracle of Mindfulness - Thich Nhat Hanh

Zen And the Art of Happiness - Chris Prentiss

Mindfulness in Plain English, Updated and Expanded Edition - Bhante H. Gunaratana

The Tibetan Book of the Dead: First Complete Translation (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) - Graham Coleman

The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching - Thich Nhat Hanh

How to See Yourself As You Really Are - His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game - Joseph Parent

Guided Mindfulness Meditation (Guided Mindfulness) - Jon Kabat-Zinn

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

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within - Natalie Goldberg

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind (Shambhala Library) - Shunryu Suzuki

The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching What should we think when on the one hand Buddhism tells us that life is suffering and on the other we are told to enjoy life's every moment? Loved around the world for his simple, straightforward explanations of Buddhism, Thich Nhat Hanh has finally turned his hand to the very core of Buddhism and conundrums such as this. In the traditional way, Thich Nhat Hanh takes up the core teachings one by one--the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, the Twelve Links of Interdependent Co-Arising--but his approach is as fresh as a soft breeze through a plum orchard. For illustration, he dips into the vast stores of Buddhist literature right alongside contemporary anecdotes, pointing out subtleties that can get glossed over in other popular introductions. He also includes three short but key sutras, essential source teachings from which all Buddhism flows. Studying the basics of Buddhism under Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh is like learning basketball from Michael Jordan. --Brian Bruya

What the Buddha Taught: Revised and Expanded Edition with Texts from Suttas and Dhammapada Beneath the enormous umbrella of Buddhism, there is a diverse galaxy of customs and beliefs, but there is also a kernel of truth that every sect holds dear. Rahula Walpola, scholar and monk, discovers this foundation of Buddhism for us first through straightforward explication, never skipping over a point that has yet to be substantiated, then through translations from key scriptures. Logical and focused, these are the essentials of Buddhism; know them first, then move comfortably on to other Buddhist works.

Buddhism Plain and Simple You might want to digest this book slowly, a few pages at a time. Although Zen teacher Steve Hagen has a knack for putting the philosophy of Buddhism in a "plain and simple" package, it may take a while to sink in. There is so much there. Seeing reality, realizing the wisdom of the self, breaking free of dualistic thinking--this is pretty heady stuff. Thankfully, Hagen passes it along in the form of examples from life, psychological tidbits, and stories from Buddhist teachers past and present. And when it clicks in, it can be life-transforming. Hagen explains this shift in outlook and how the fundamental way we look at the world affects everything we do. As an outline, Hagen follows the basic teachings of the Buddha, and we see that, rather than dogmatic truths, they are reminders for us as we reconsider the life we have taken for granted for so long. As it turns out, Buddhism is life, plain and simple. --Brian Bruya

Buddhism For Dummies What's the significance of Buddha? How can the practice of Buddhism enrich our never-ending hectic lives? Discover what it means to be a Buddhist in everyday life and in everyday lands in this fascinating Eastern religion. Buddhism For Dummies offers a clear, straight-forward road map that will aim to answer the fundamental questions, issues, and conflicts that arise daily. Readers will gain an understanding of what is Buddhism?, How to become a Buddhist? Explore the 2,500-year history, and learn about the most prominent Buddhist leader of our time, the Dalai Lama. Buddhism For Dummies will also touch on daily observances, celebrations, styles, practices, meditation and more!

Buddhism for Beginners Chodron's plain English makes his beginner's guide nearly perfect for those new to Buddhism and those who simply want to learn more about one of the world's oldest, most misunderstood religions. In question-and-answer format, Chodron defines Buddhism's essence, which, in a nutshell, is to avoid harming others and help them as much as possible. He describes the goal of the Buddhist path and discusses the historical Buddha and his various manifestations. He answers some most-asked outsiders' questions concerning such matters as the best methods of meditation and how to define karma, and he clarifies Buddhist perspectives on modern issues, from euthanasia and abortion to the environment and animal rights. Clearly, succinctly, and without talking down to readers, Chodron strives throughout to bring people together and help them understand the tradition. To outsiders, Buddhism can seem cold and mysterious, but Chodron unravels some of its mysteries and helps dispel that perceived coldness. June Sawyers - Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

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