Suggested Reading


Reading is an important aspect of learning and integrating the dhamma into our lives. When reading, it is important that we do so in a way that we are not simply taking in new ideas and concepts, but rather using the reading as a pointer to explore our own experience and understanding. The reading then becomes a platform for reflection, investigation and insight, and not an intellectual exercise.

This is a relatively short list of books that Norman and Molly have read and found useful. Most of them are available through good bookstores. Many are also available online.

Some sources for online ordering include:

Pariyatti Book Service (Canadian!!)www.sourcevipassana.ca
Parallax Presswww.parallax.org
Shambhala Publishingwww.shambhala.com
Wisdom Publicationswww.wisdompubs.org
Abe books (excellent source for used books) www.abebooks.com

Books by Buddhist Authors

Buddhism Plain and SimpleSteve Hagen
Buddhism Without BeliefsStephen Batchelor
The Buddhist Path to SimplicityChristina Feldman
Cutting Through Spiritual MaterialismChogyam Trungpa
The Experience of InsightJoseph Goldstein
FaithSharon Salzberg
Focused and FearlessShaila Catherine
A Gradual AwakeningStephen Levine
The Life of The BuddhaÑanamoli
Light On EnlightenmentChristopher Titmuss
Meditation For LifeMartine Batchelor
Mindfulness - A Practical Guide to AwakeningJoseph Goldstein
The Miracle of MindfulnessThich Nhat Hanh
The Path of CompassionFred Epsteiner
A Path With HeartJack Kornfield
Stepping Out of Self-deceptionRodney Smith
Taking Our PlacesNorman Fischer
What The Buddha TaughtWalpola Rahula
Wherever You Go, There You AreJon Kabat-Zinn
Yoga For a World Out of BalanceMichael Stone
Zen Mind, Beginner’s MindShunryu Suzuki Roshi

Discourses of the Buddha, translated

The Middle Length Discourses of the BuddhaNanamoli & Bodhi
Numerical Discourses of the Buddha, An AnthologyNyanaponika Thera & Bhikkhu Bodhi
The DhammapadaGil Fronsdal
The Sutta NipataH. Saddhatissa

Books for Children and Young Adults

Blue Jean Buddha: Voices of Young BuddhistsSumi D. Loundon and Jack Kornfield (articles written by college-aged Buddhists)
A Pebble for Your PocketThich Nhat Hahn (For children)
Wide Awake: A Buddhist Guide for TeensDiana Winston
Peaceful Piggy MeditationKerry Lee MacLean - (a book for young children and families)

Books by Other Authors

Animal, Vegetable, MiracleBarbara Kingsolver
Freedom From The KnownJ. Krishnamurti
I Am That Nisargadatta Maharaj