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


Joshua Hudson is a license clinical social worker with post graduate certificates in mental health. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, he has worked as an healthcare advocate for the Department of Veteran Affairs, Director of Psychological Health for the Air Force, in-patient counselor for inpatient adolescents, child and family therapist; and currently is a Prevention Interventionist for the Air Force creating programs to reduce interpersonal and self-directed violence (e.g. Sexual assault, suicide, alcohol abuse, domestic violence, etc.) in the military


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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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