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General Buddhism

Founded in India by Siddhartha Gautama, Buddhism has thrived in the East for more than 2,500 years—and has been steadily gaining adherents in the West in the last century or so. While our catalog offers many dharma books that spring from specific lineages, such as Tibetan Kagyu or Japanese Soto Zen, the books you’ll find below offer a more general approach to the Buddhist view.

Interested, but not sure where to start? Visit our Expert Picks, where author and noted blogger Reverend Danny Fisher offers some recommendations.

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  1. The Best Buddhist Writing 2013

    The Best Buddhist Writing 2013

    • edited by
    • Melvin McLeod,
    • Editors of the Shambhala Sun
    A thought-provoking collection of the most notable and insightful Buddhism-inspired writing published in the last year: Thich Nhat Hanh’s vision for a more enlightened and sustainable society Ezra Bayda on avoiding the pitfalls that arise on the path of meditation Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s powerful Dzogchen practices that help you to discover your mind’s inherent awareness and clarity… Read More

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  2. The Healing Power of Meditation

    The Healing Power of Meditation

    Leading Experts on Buddhism, Psychology, and Medicine Explore the Health Benefits of Contemplative Practice

    • edited by
    • Andy Fraser
    Regular meditation practice has a powerful impact on the mind and body, rewiring the brain and bringing us all kinds of benefits: contentment and well-being, resilience and focus, better mental and physical health, and greater empathy and compassion. This wide-ranging anthology brings together pioneering Tibetan Buddhist teachers, scientific researchers, and health professionals to offer fascinating perspectives on the mind and emotions, new studies, and firsthand accounts of how meditation… Read More

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  3. On the Path to Enlightenment

    On the Path to Enlightenment

    Heart Advice from the Great Tibetan Masters

    • by
    • Matthieu Ricard
    Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche inspired Matthieu Ricard to create this anthology by telling him that “when we come to appreciate the depth of the view of the eight great traditions [of Tibetan Buddhism] and also see that they all lead to the same goal without contradicting each other, we think, ‘Only ignorance can lead us to adopt a sectarian view.’” Ricard has selected and translated some of the most profound… Read More

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  4. No Self, No Problem

    No Self, No Problem

    Awakening to Our True Nature

    • by
    • Anam Thubten
    • edited by
    • Sharon Roe
    We can realize the highest truth in each moment when we learn to see through the illusion of the self. Anam Thubten, in remarkably easy-to-understand language, provides teachings for doing exactly that, based on the wisdom of the Buddhist traditions. He illuminates the path of going beyond the misconceptions of the ego to experience the reality of our true nature, which is already enlightened. He communicates with clarity, humor, and… Read More

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  5. Dakini Power

    Dakini Power

    Twelve Extraordinary Women Shaping the Transmission of Tibetan Buddhism in the West

    • by
    • Michaela Haas
    What drives a young London librarian to board a ship to India, meditate in a remote cave by herself for twelve years, and then build a flourishing nunnery in the Himalayas? How does a surfer girl from Malibu become the head of the main international organization for Buddhist women? Why does the daughter of a music executive in Santa Monica dream so vividly of peacocks one night that she chases… Read More

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  6. Living Life Fully

    Living Life Fully

    Finding Sanity and Goodness in the Unpredictable

    • by
    • Bill Karelis
    We are all imprisoned by the projections of our minds, and we all have the power to free ourselves. To gain this freedom, we must do three things: know that we are imprisoned, investigate how we entrap ourselves, and discover how to overcome our habitual patterns. The discipline of the sitting practice of meditation can lead us through such a process. Meditation doesn’t have to be heavy or ambitious.… Read More

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  7. Fearless at Work

    Fearless at Work

    Timeless Teachings for Awakening Confidence, Resilience, and Creativity in the Face of Life's Demands

    • by
    • Michael Carroll
    Work is such a crucial part of our life, and yet we often struggle with—and feel overwhelmed by—the numerous challenges it presents us. Whether it’s job insecurity, making peace with or leaving an unfulfilling job, or dealing with office conflicts, we often experience fear and a sense of groundlessness just at a time when we want to be our most creative and resilient. Drawing on Buddhist philosophy, Michael Carroll, a… Read More

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  8. The Best Buddhist Writing 2012

    The Best Buddhist Writing 2012

    • edited by
    • Melvin McLeod
    A treasury of the most notable, profound, and thought-provoking Buddhist-inspired writing published in the last year. The Best Buddhist Writing 2012 includes: His Holiness the Dalai Lama on cultivating a universal ethic of kindness Sharon Salzberg on getting your meditation practice started Pema Chödrön on how to smile at fear The Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi… Read More

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  9. The Pocket Thich Nhat Hanh

    The Pocket Thich Nhat Hanh

    • by
    • Thich Nhat Hanh
    • edited by
    • Melvin McLeod
    This is a collection of powerful and inspiring teachings in an appealing, convenient pocket-size book from one of today's most important and beloved spiritual teachers, the Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh. Next to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh is the best-known Buddhist teacher in the world, and his teachings have touched millions. Thich Nhat Hanh is known for his warm, generous, and… Read More

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  10. Bringing Home the Dharma

    Bringing Home the Dharma

    Awakening Right Where You Are

    • by
    • Jack Kornfield
    If you want to find inner peace and wisdom, you don’t need to move to an ashram or monastery. Your life, just as it is, is the perfect place to be. Here Jack Kornfield, one of America’s most respected Buddhist teachers, shares this and other key lessons gleaned from more than forty years of committed study and practice. Bringing Home the Dharma includes simple meditation practices for awakening our… Read More

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