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.

101 Zen Master Raven: Sayings a...
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102 The Compass of Zen
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102 The Noble Eightfold Path: W...
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104 There Is Nothing Wrong with...
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105 Stages Of Meditation
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106 The Dalai Lama's Book of Wi...
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107 Teachings of the Buddha
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108 The Zen Teaching of Bodhidh...
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109 Murder in the High Himalaya...
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110 Zen Howl
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111 The Little Prince
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112 Initiations and Initiates i...
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113 Thoughts Without A Thinker:...
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114 No Self No Problem: Awakeni...
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115 The Skull Mantra (Inspector...
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115 The Chocolate Cake Sutra: I...
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117 Mindfulness with Breathing:...
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118 My Journey to Lhasa: The Cl...
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119 The Path of Purification: V...
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120 The Empty Mirror: Experienc...
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120 The Lotus Sutra
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122 Mindfulness, Bliss, and Bey...
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123 If the Buddha Married: Crea...
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124 That Which You Are Seeking ...
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124 Kindness, Clarity, and Insight
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126 Be an Island: The Buddhist ...
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127 The Narrow Road to the Deep...
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128 The Buddha Said...: Meeting...
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129 Wake Up To Your Life: Disco...
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130 Stumbling Toward Enlightenment
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131 The Book of Tea
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132 How to See Yourself As You ...
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133 Going Home: Jesus and Buddh...
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134 Ruling Your World: Ancient ...
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134 One Dharma: The Emerging We...
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134 The Fundamental Wisdom of t...
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137 Kalachakra Tantra: Rite of ...
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138 On Having No Head: Zen and ...
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139 The Zen Teaching of Huang P...
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140 Becoming Enlightened
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141 You Are Here: Discovering t...
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142 The Essential Dalai Lama: H...
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143 An Introduction to Zen Budd...
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144 Magic And Mystery In Tibet
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145 Faces of Compassion: Classi...
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146 Writing Away: A Creative Gu...
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147 The Life of the Buddha: Acc...
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148 A Spiritual Renegade's Guid...
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148 Dakini Power: Twelve Extrao...
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148 Buddha, Vol. 1: Kapilavastu...
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148 Guide to Dakini Land: The H...
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148 The Unity Tree: A Whimsical...
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153 The Great Dragon's Fleas
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153 Buddha in the Classroom: Ze...
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153 The Garden
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153 Voyager: The Art of Pure Aw...
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153 Buddha's Brain: The Practic...
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158 The Way Things Are: A Livin...
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158 Buddha & Love: Timeless Wis...
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160 Moon In a Dewdrop: Writings...
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161 Dreaming Me: An African-Ame...
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161 The Connected Discourses of...
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161 A Lotus Grows in the Mud
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161 Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped...
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165 The Buddha's Noble Eightfol...
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166 Hand Wash Cold: Care Instru...
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166 Riding the Tiger: Twenty Ye...
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166 Understanding the Mind: The...
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169 Buddha Standard Time: Awake...
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170 Buddhism
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170 Zen Meditation in Plain Eng...
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170 The Diamond Sutra
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170 A Heart as Wide as the Worl...
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174 The Dancing Wu Li Masters
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175 Jewish Dharma: A Guide to t...
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176 Teachings on Love
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177 Meditation for Life
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178 Destructive Emotions: A Sci...
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178 Confession of a Buddhist At...
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178 Satipaṭṭhāna: The Direct Pa...
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181 A Comprehensive Manual of A...
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182 The Origin of Buddhist Medi...
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183 Who Dies?: An Investigation...
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184 The Flower Ornament Scriptu...
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184 What the Buddha Thought (Ox...
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186 The Wings to Awakening: An ...
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187 Essential Tibetan Buddhism
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188 It's Here Now
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189 Zen Words for the Heart: Ha...
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189 The Long Discourses of the ...
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191 The Dalai Lama's Little Boo...
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192 The Lotus Still Blooms: Sac...
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193 Infinite Life
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193 The Gods Drink Whiskey: Stu...
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195 Ba da ren jue jing / Zhengy...
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195 The Tibetan Book of the Dea...
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197 Mindfulness and Money: The ...
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197 Hooked!: Buddhist Writings ...
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199 Open to Desire: Embracing a...
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200 A Practical Guide to Buddhi...
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Comments (showing 1-19 of 19) (19 new)

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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.


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