Books & CD's

Suggested Reading/Listening: Introduction to Buddhism

The following resources are suggested for getting a basic understanding of Buddhist concepts, history, Buddhist schools of thought, as well as different styles of meditation. The purpose of this is not to steer you to a particular Buddhist school of thought or meditation style, only to give you an idea of what is out there. There is MUCH more than is what is offered on this short list. You are encouraged to explore on your own what you personally feel most comfortable with; a style and a practice that will enrich not only your own life, but the lives of those who come in contact with you as well.

1. Old Path White Clouds by Thich Nhat Hanh - Life and Teaching of Gautama Buddha
2. The Heart of Understanding by Thich Nhat Hanh - Commentary on Heart Sutra
3. The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche - Basic Human Goodness
4. The World of Tibetan Buddhism by The Dalai Lama - Overview of Tibetan Buddhism
5. Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki – A Classic Introduction to Zen
6. An Introduction to Zen Buddhism by D.T. Suzuki - Simply Zen
7. Lotus in the Stream by Master Hsing Yun (Translated by Tom Graham) - Excellent and Simple
8. Buddhism: A Concise Introduction by Huston Smith and Philip Novak – Introduction to the History of Buddhism
9. Buddhism for Beginners by Thubten Chodron – Introduction to Tibetan Buddhist Practice
10. A Path With Heart by Jack Kornfield – Kind & Gentle
11. Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa – Another Classic
12. Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Songyal Rinpoche – Tibetan Practice in Everyday Life
13. When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron
14. The Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times by Pema Chodron
15. Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living by Pema Chodron
16. Dharma Punx by Noah Levine - A Punk Rock Kid Turned Buddhist
17. Against the Stream by Noah Levine – Buddhism Basics and the Path of Recovery

Meditation CDs
1. Meditation For Beginners: by Jack Kornfield
2. Buddhist Meditation for Beginners: by Jack Kornfield
3. Finding the Still Point (Book/CD): A Beginner’s Guide to Zen Meditation by John Daido Loori