A Buddhist Reading List

More like a list of favorite Buddhist books than a best of list. The books don't have to be explicitly Buddhist, but can be Buddhist-like in nature as well. Please add your favorites.

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669 books · 837 voters · list created June 18th, 2008 by Gary (votes) .
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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

The Da Vinci Code is Buddhist??? I didn't pick up on that at all. Please explain.


message 2: by Gary (new)

Gary Fixed. Thanks for the heads-up.


message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

Gary wrote: "Fixed. Thanks for the heads-up."

Its OK! I thought maybe I missed something when I read the book.




message 4: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Has Buddhism anything accessible for a Young Western woman afflicted with manic depression (aka Bi-polar affective disorder).


message 5: by Gary (new)

Gary Thom wrote: "Has Buddhism anything accessible for a Young Western woman afflicted with manic depression (aka Bi-polar affective disorder)."

Thom, I do not know the answer to that, but I would think Mindfulness in Plain English might be helpful.


message 6: by Dian (last edited Apr 13, 2010 11:11PM) (new)

Dian Thom wrote: "Has Buddhism anything accessible for a Young Western woman afflicted with manic depression (aka Bi-polar affective disorder)."

Hi thom, are you Bipolar? Im studying psychology and am interested in mindfulness meditation therapy a.k.a mindful cognitive based therapy (MBCT)or mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) developed by Jon Kabat Zinn, but there are a lot of people there who taught meditation like Dr Peter Strong (www.mindfulnessmeditationtherapy.com) both are witers about meditation for therapy, u can find it in amazon.com. Me myself i practise ch'an meditation, i was taught first by a layperson after that by monks and nuns. Well, see for yourself if it can help you or not but i think u should continue taking your medication and consult first with your doctor. If there's anything ud like to discuss contact me at: livingreen2008@yahoo.com


message 7: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Dian wrote: "Thom wrote: "Has Buddhism anything accessible for a Young Western woman afflicted with manic depression (aka Bi-polar affective disorder)."

Hi thom, are you Bipolar? Im studying psychology and a..."


I lucked out with Dysthemia among blood relatives, but we have all sorts of diagnoses including a now-deceased bipolar aunt. I find that any vibration of the vocal chords or as I call it "chanting the blues" is helpful. and thanks for the feedback. Stay strong, L, Thom.


message 8: by Dian (new)

Dian Thom wrote: "Dian wrote: "Thom wrote: "Has Buddhism anything accessible for a Young Western woman afflicted with manic depression (aka Bi-polar affective disorder)."

Hi thom, are you Bipolar? Im studying psych..."


Ur welcome:) stay strong also. Maitri, Dian


message 9: by Matt (new)

Matt Gluber You should add "The Power of Now" to this list. Though not buddhist text, the message is the same.


message 10: by Pat (new)

Pat I agree, The Power of Now is a good instruction to daily living.


message 11: by Oznasia (last edited Mar 18, 2011 09:44PM) (new)

Oznasia Pat wrote: "I agree, The Power of Now is a good instruction to daily living." Probably any of Eckhart Tolle's books would be more relevant than one or two I see here. Have just added a couple.


message 12: by Ryan (new)

Ryan Nearly all second hand interpretion~~


message 13: by Melodious09 (new)

Melodious09  @pat ....wow I am amazed ......u hv read "Power of now " ??????


message 14: by Christina.reads (new)

Christina.reads Yes. The Power of now is really a powerful book to transform life. Another good read is a small kindle version of Laughing Buddha: The Alchemy of Euphoric Livingby a little known author. Read it and liked.


message 15: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach...available on audio is a very loving guide to self-acceptance and Cheri Huber another female Buddhist author accessible to pur (post)modern context


message 16: by Mickaugrec (new)

Mickaugrec Melodious09 wrote: "@pat ....wow I am amazed ......u hv read "Power of now " ??????"

Eckhart Tolle sounds like something of a charlatan ... but I actually have NOT read his work. Separately: Love the list subtitle: it would seem un-Buddhist to identify "Best of --", lol! Mick


message 18: by Gary (new)

Gary ok i'm prejudiced ...


message 19: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Ella wrote: "Thom wrote: "Has Buddhism anything accessible for a Young Western woman afflicted with manic depression (aka Bi-polar affective disorder)."

The Tao of Pooh and the Te of Piglet was helpful for my ..."


Thank you ! I have both, and they surely won't hurt.


message 20: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten Rodning I do see some books on this list that aren't really related to Buddhism. For instance, The Four Agreements is a really, really simple guide to daily living, but really has nothing to do with Buddhism itself. I don't want to delete that book, though, because someone might still find it helpful.


message 21: by Mickaugrec (new)

Mickaugrec Hmmmm how much more complex is Buddhism than The Four Agreements?


message 22: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten Rodning Mickaugrec wrote: "Hmmmm how much more complex is Buddhism than The Four Agreements?"

Um, I don't know? I'm not sure complexity is an issue when it comes to a general concept like Buddhism (specific types of Buddhism may be complex, but overall you can't measure it in terms of complexity).

I can say that The Four Agreements is not complex in any way, since it's a short and simple explanation of basic human interaction meant to be readable by any person, but why does its level of complexity need to be compared to anything?


message 23: by Mickaugrec (new)

Mickaugrec That's pretty much my point:
"For instance, The Four Agreements is a really, really simple guide to daily living, but really has nothing to do with Buddhism itself."


message 24: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten Rodning Mickaugrec: You haven't made a point. If you wish to do so, feel free, but with the brief statements you have written one can only assume that you are trying to find something or someone with which to argue to remedy your boredom. There are a lot of more appropriate places to do that than the comment section of a list on Goodreads.

That said, I have no interest in arguing over a point that has not even been expressed. I merely made a neutral comment about one book that skirts the bounds of this list's criteria.


message 25: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Rather than seeking to de-list rogue items, I suggest we just let them trail off the body of list items. If a book is not central to Buddhism, most likely it will garner few clicks and find itself at the bottom of the list.


message 26: by Gary (new)

Gary I do delete inappropriate books from time to time, but let's just let this one stay as it is not wholly inappropriate. NBD.


message 27: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten Rodning Yep, as I said in my first comment -- it is similar to parts of Buddhism in some ways, as it is meant to help people learn how to interact with life and with others. So it can fall into the part of the description that says, "can be Buddhist-like in nature as well."


message 28: by Mickaugrec (new)

Mickaugrec Kirsten wrote: "Mickaugrec: You haven't made a point. If you wish to do so, feel free, but with the brief statements you have written one can only assume that you are trying to find something or someone with which..."

I am no more bored than the next person, usually engaged in life, thought and debate. I did not see you response until just now, so evidently my "remedy for boredom" works.
I challenge your self-appointment as arbiter or doyenne of Buddhism. And my comments, though brief (that's generally a GOOD thing, by the way, brevity is the henchman of wit, etc., am I right?), make that point succinctly. Perhaps more precisely, your RESPONSES do. You are free of course to enjoy or reject any book you like, but I suspect your construct of Buddhism is equally simple as 'The Four Agreements.' One can assume that you "do not know what you are talking about," putting it simply.


message 29: by Roos (new)

Roos Rook I'm really glad this list exists! I was looking for some books to read concerning Buddhism, this should be a good start :)


message 30: by Raghavy (new)

Raghavy Roos wrote: "I'm really glad this list exists! I was looking for some books to read concerning Buddhism, this should be a good start :)"
I recommend starting with the dhammapada which is one of the most best known buddhist scriptures. It a collection of saying from the Buddha in verse form.


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