Selected Bibliography


Historical - Basic - Zen - Theravada - Tibetan - Psychotherapy - Ecology - Discourses
Note: Many of the books listed below can be bought on-line from either the publishers or from resellers such as Amazon Books.

Historical and Biographical

A Survey of Buddhism: Its Doctrines and Methods through the Ages, by Sangharakshita (6th edition). London: Tharpa (1987).

The Buddha, by Trevor Ling. An excellent book on the history of Buddhism, and the development of the sangha, with emphasis on the socio-economic conditions at the time of the Buddha.

The Life Of The Buddha by Nanamoli.

How the Swans Came to the Lake: a narrative history of Buddhism in America, by Rick Fields (3rd edition, revised and updated). Boston: Shambhala (1992). ISBN 0-8777-3583-2.

The Awakening of the West by Stephen Batcherlor, London: Aquarian (Harper Collins), 1994, ISBN 1-855538-343-8

Old Path, White Clouds: the life story of the Buddha, by Thich Nhat Hanh. London: Rider (1991). ISBN 0-7126-5417-8. Editions also published by Random House and Parallax Press (Berkeley).

Freedom in Exile, The Autobiography of the Dalai Lama, by Tenzin Gyatso. New York: Harper Collins, 1990. ISBN 0-0603-9116-2.

Basic Books

Buddhism: a Very Short Introduction, by Damien Keown (1996). ISBN 0-19-285329-5 (paperback). By far the best overview and introduction to Buddhism. Highly recommended.

Mindfulness in Plain English, by Henepola Gunaratana. Boston: Wisdom (1993). ISBN 0-8617-1064-9 (paperback). Excellent meditation instructions, especially for those without a teacher at hand. Bhante Gurnaratana's essay on mindfulness (Sati) is from this book.

Peace is Every Step b by Thich Nhat Hanh, Berkeley: Parallax Press (1993), paperback, ISBN 0553-35139-7. Mindfulness in everyday life.

Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Hyperion, paperback (1995) ISBN: 0786880708

It's Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness by Sylvia Boorstein, New York: HarperSanFansisco (Harper Collins) (1995), paperback, ISBN 0-06-251294-3

A Path With Heart, by Jack Kornfield. New York: Bantham (1993) paperback, ISBN 0-553-37211-4.

The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh, Boston: Beacon Press (1975) paperback, ISBN 0-8070-1201-7

For A Future To Be Possible by Thich Nhat Hanh, Berkeley: Parallax Press (1993), paperback, ISBN 0-9380-7777-651. Discusses the 5 precepts in detail. With contributions from many others.

A Gradual Awakening by Steven Levine, New York: Anchor Book (Doublday), 1979 (1989) ISBN 0-385-26218-3

Entering The Stream: An Introduction to the Buddha and his Teachings ed. Samuel Bercholz and Sherab Chodzin Kohn, Boston: Shambhala, (1993), paperback, ISBN 0-87773-981-1. Good anthology of writings that covers a lot of ground.

The Experience of Insight by Joseph Goldstein

What the Buddha Taught, by Walpola Rahula, New York: Grove Press (1959) ISBN 0-394-17827-0. Classic, if ploding, summary of the Buddha's teachings.

Zen Buddhism

Zen Keys: a gude to zen practice by Thich Nhat Hanh, New York: Doublday (1994), paperback, ISBN 0-385-47561-6

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, by Shunryu Suzuki. New York: Weatherhill (1970), reprinted in 1980.

Turning Toward Happiness: Conversations with a Zen Teacher and Her Students ed. Sara Jenkins, North Carolina: Present Perfect Books (1991), paperback, ISBN 0-9630784-0-2

Theravada Buddhism

A Still Forest Pool: The Insight Meditation of Achaan Chah, by Jack Kornfield and Paul Breiter, Wheaton: Quest (Theosophical Publishing House) (1985), paperback, ISBN 0-8356-058703

The Four Noble Truths by Ven. Ajahn Sumedho, Hemel Hempstead: Amaravati Publications (1992), paperback, ISBN 1-870205-10-3

The Mind and The Way, Buddhist Reflections on Life by Ven. Ajahn Sumedho, Boston:Wisdom , (1995) paperpback, ISBN 0 86171-081-9

Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness by Sharon Salzberg, Boston: Shambhala (1995), ISBN 1-57062-037-7.

Being Nobody, Going Nowhere: Meditations on the Buddhist Path, by Ayya Khema, Boston: Wisdom (1987), ISBN0-86171-052-5

The Heart of Buddhist Meditation by Nyanaponika Thera, York Beach: Samuel Weisner (1965), paperback, ISBN 0-87728-073-8

Tibetan Buddhism

Essential Tibetan Buddhism by Robert A. F. Thurman, New York: HarperSanFansisco (Harper Collins) (1995), paperback, ISBN 0-06-251051-7.

Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by by Sogyal Rinpoche, New York: HarperSanFansisco (Harper Collins) (1992), hardcover, ISBN 0-06-250793-1

Awakening the Buddha Within: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World by Surya Das, New York: Bantam, Doubleday, Dell, (1997) ISBN: 0553066951

Buddhism and Psychotherapy

Thoughts Without a Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective by Mark Epstein, New York: Basic Books (Harper Collins) (1995), ISBN 0-465-03932-6

Zen Therapy by David Brazier, Constable, London, 1995

The Feeling Buddha by David Brazier, Constable, London, 1997, ISBN 0094762902

Buddhism and Ecology

Dharma Gaia: a Harvest of Essays in Buddhism and Ecology, ed. Allan Hunt Badiner, Berkeley: Parallax Press (1990), paperback, ISBN 0-938077-30-9

World as Lover, World as Self by Joanna Macy, Berkeley: Parallax Press (1991), paperback, ISBN 0-938077-27-9

The Green Buddha by Chistopher Titmuss, Totnes: Insight Books (1995), paperback, ISBN 1-899289-00-3

Discourses of the Buddha

The Middle Length Discourses of The Buddha (Majjhima Nikaya), trans. by Bkikkhu Nanamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi. Boston: Wisdom Publications (1995). ISBN 0-8617-1072-X. The Majjhima Nikaya is also available on the WWW.

The Path of Purification (Visuddhimagga), by Bhadantacariya Buddhaghosa, trans. by Nyanamoli (3rd edition). Kandy, Sri Lanka: Buddhist Publication Society (1975). An edition is also published by Shambhala.

The Sutta-Nipata, trans. by H. Saddhatissa. Richmond, Surrey (UK): Curzon Press (1994). ISBN 0-7007-0181-8. The Sutta-Nipata is available on the WWW in another translation.

The Long Discourses of The Buddha (Digha Nikaya), trans. by Maurice Walshe. London: Wisdom Publications (1987). ISBN 0-8617-1030-4. The Digha Nikaya is also available on the WWW

The Dhammapada trans. by Thomas Byrom