Books on Buddhism

General Reading:

Karen Armstrong.  Buddha.  London: Phoenix, 2004.

Samuel Bercholz and Sherab Chödzin Kohn.  The Buddha and his teachings.  Boston: Shambhala, 2003.

Rick Fields.  How the swans came to the lake:  A narrative history of Buddhism in America.  Boston & London: Shambhala, 1992.

Buddhist magazines:

Tricycle: Awake in the world.  Quarterly.

Shambhala Sun: Buddhism, culture, meditation, life.  Bimonthly.

Buddhadharma: The practitioner’s quarterly.  Quarterly.

Zen Buddhism:

Robert Aitken.  Taking the path of Zen.  New York: North Point Press, 1982.

Thich Nhat Hanh.  Peace is every step: The path of mindfulness in everyday life.  New York: Bantam, 1991.

Shunryu Suzuki.  Zen mind, beginner’s mind.  New York and Tokyo: Weatherhill, 1973.

Theravada Buddhism:

Ajahn Chah.  Everything arises, everything falls away: Teachings on impermanence and the end of suffering.  Boston and London: Shambhala, 2005.

Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield.  Seeking the heart of wisdom: The path of insight meditation.  Boston and London: Shambhala, 2001.

U Sayadaw Pandita.  In this very life: The liberation teachings of the Buddha.  Somerville, Mass.: Wisdom Publications, 1993.

Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein.  Insight meditation: A step-by-step course on how to meditate.  Boulder: Sounds True, [n.d.]

Tibetan Buddhism:

Pema Chodron.  Start where you are: A guide to compassionate living.  Boston: Shambhala, 2001.

Lama Surya Das.  Awakening the Buddhist heart: Integrating love, meaning, and connection into every part of your life.  New York: Broadway Books, 2000.

Khandro Rinpoche.  This precious life: Tibetan Buddhist teachings on the path to enlightenment. Boston and London: Shambhala, 2005.

Sakyong Mipham.  Turning the mind into an ally.  New York: Riverhead Books, 2003.


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Categories: Buddha, Buddhism, history, Mahayana, Meditation, Theravada


Born Joshua Hudson, Reverend Sumitta (his ordained name) finished a twenty-year career as a military photo-journalist, and became a Licensed Social Worker with continuing studies in Mental Health, Healthcare Advocate, and Buddhist Minister. Currently, he works as the Director of Psychological Health and Primary Prevention of Violence for the U.S. Air Force. Previously, he served as the healthcare patient advocate for the Veterans Healthcare Administration, and is a License Clinical Social Worker, with a Master’s in Clinical Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh, working as a drug and alcohol rehabilitation counselor, public speaker, trainer and personal/family advisor. His dharma name "Sumitta," which translates to "Good Friend" in Pali.


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2 Comments on “Books on Buddhism”

  1. February 28, 2014 at 5:19 am #

    Great resources, I’ll have to check them out (assuming I can find them here in South Korea).

  2. February 28, 2014 at 5:19 am #

    Reblogged this on Life, Religion, and Rock n' Roll! and commented:
    Here are some great resources on Buddhism if you’re interested in learning more about it.

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