A Burning Desire: Dharma God and the Path of Recovery by Kevin Griffin. Shows how the Dharma, the teachings of the Buddha, can be understood as a Higher Power. Karma, mindfulness, impermanence, and the Eightfold Path itself are revealed as powerful forces accessed through meditation and inquiry. Drawing from his own experiences with substance abuse, rehabilitation, and recovery, Griffin looks at the various ways that meditation and spiritual practices helped deepen his experience of…
Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness, Sharon Salzberg. Draws on simple Buddhist teachings, wisdom stories from various traditions, guided meditation practices, and her own experience from twenty-five years of practice and teaching to illustrate how each one of us can cultivate love, compassion, joy, and equanimity—the four "heavenly abodes" of traditional Buddhism.
A Gradual Awakening by Stephen Levine. Poet and meditation teacher Levine writes simply and gently about his own personal experiences with and insights into vipassana meditation. An inspiring book for anyone interested in deep personal growth.
Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation by Larry Rosenberg, Freedom from suffering is not only possible, but the means for achieving it are immediately within our grasp—literally as close to us as our own breath. Using the insights gained from his many years of practice and teaching, he makes insight meditation practice accessible to modern practitioners.
The Heart of Understanding: Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra by Thich Nhat Hanh. Comprised of only 632 Chinese characters, the Heart Sutra is Buddhism in a nutshell. Despite its brevity, this powerful work covers more of the Buddha’s teachings than any other scripture, and its influence is more profound and wide-reaching than any other text in Buddhism. Thich Nhat Hanh’s translation and commentary is regarded as the most simple, clear, concise, and understandable available.
The Celebration of Life: A Dialogue on Hope, Spirit, and the Immortality of the Soul by Norman Cousins. a spiritual classic from the author of the national bestseller Anatomy of an Illness, which detailed Cousins' recovery from a fatal illness using mind/body healing techniques. A Celebration of Life further examines the relationship of mind and body.
The Beginner's Guide to Insight Meditation by Arinna Weisman. Arinna Weisman and Jean Smith combine clear explanations of the Buddha's teachings on freedom and happiness with their personal stories highlighting some of the challenges and insights of practice. The Beginner's Guide to Insight Meditation offers advice about going on retreat and help in choosing a teacher and a sangha (practice community), as well as suggestions for further reading and information on various centers and…
Being Present in the Darkness, Cheri Huber. Friendly and supportive, this book suggests that hating and resisting depression actually maintains it, and that compassionate acceptance of our feelings and ourselves leads us to freedom. Through simple exercises and meditations, readers can learn how to open themselves up to their emotions, good and bad.