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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 2010

    The Best Buddhist Writing 2010

    • edited by
    • Melvin McLeod
    Here is this year’s installment in the series Publishers Weekly says “does a great service by highlighting views and themes as they modulate with each passing year.” The Best Buddhist Writing 2010 is an eclectic, inspiring collection of writings from the Buddhist perspective. Selected by the editors of the Shambhala Sun, North America’s leading Buddhist-inspired magazine, the essays, articles, and interviews in this anthology offer an entertaining mix of writing… Read More

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  2. Freeing the Body, Freeing the Mind

    Freeing the Body, Freeing the Mind

    Writings on the Connections between Yoga and Buddhism

    • edited by
    • Michael Stone
    In this collection of provocative essays by prominent teachers of Yoga and Buddhism, the common ground of these two ancient traditions becomes clear. Michael Stone has brought together a group of intriguing voices to show how Buddhism and Yoga share the same roots, the same values, and the same spiritual goals. The themes addressed here are rich and varied, yet the essays all weave together the common threads between the… Read More

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  3. Enough!

    Enough!

    A Buddhist Approach to Finding Release from Addictive Patterns

    • by
    • Chonyi Taylor
    All of us are caught up in addictions—big or small. Enough! presents a practical path that releases us from the grip of negative habits and addictions that block a full and meaningful life. We can learn how to undo our habits and addictions, but to do this we have to first find their triggers. With the right techniques, we can disarm them and learn more effective ways for dealing… Read More

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  4. Unlearning Meditation

    Unlearning Meditation

    What to Do When the Instructions Get In the Way

    • by
    • Jason Siff
    When we meditate, our minds often want to do something other than the meditation instructions we've been taught. When that happens repeatedly, we may feel frustrated to the point of abandoning meditation altogether. Jason Siff invites us to approach meditation in a new way, one that honors the part of us that doesn't want to do the instructions. He teaches us how to become more tolerant of intense emotions, sleepiness,… Read More

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  5. A Concise Dictionary of Buddhism and Zen

    A Concise Dictionary of Buddhism and Zen

    • by
    • Ingrid Fischer-Schreiber,
    • Franz-Karl Ehrhard,
    • Michael S. Diener
    With over fifteen hundred entries and forty-six illustrations, A Concise Dictionary of Buddhism and Zen is the most complete compact reference work of its kind available in the English language. It is designed not only for students and meditators but also as a tool to help familiarize all readers with Buddhist terms and concepts—such as chakra, karma, koan, nirvana, and tantra—that are encountered with increasing regularity in the literature of… Read More

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  6. The Power and the Pain
  7. Being with Dying

    Being with Dying

    Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death

    • by
    • Joan Halifax
    The Buddhist approach to death can be of great benefit to people of all backgrounds—as has been demonstrated time and again in Joan Halifax’s decades of work with the dying and their caregivers. Inspired by traditional Buddhist teachings, her work is a source of wisdom for all those who are charged with a dying person’s care, facing their own death, or wishing to explore and contemplate the transformative power of… Read More

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  8. The Art of Buddhism

    The Art of Buddhism

    An Introduction to Its History and Meaning

    • by
    • Denise Patry Leidy
    As its teachings spread from the Indian subcontinent in all directions across Asia, Buddhism influenced every culture it touched—from Afghanistan to Korea, from Mongolia to Java. Buddhist art is a radiant reflection of the encounter of the Buddha’s teachings with the diverse civilizations that came under their sway. It is also an intriguing visual record of the evolution of Buddhist practice and philosophy over a period of more than two… Read More

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  9. The Courage to Feel

    The Courage to Feel

    Buddhist Practices for Opening to Others

    • by
    • Rob Preece
    When circumstances are challenging how do we react? This book offers methods to help us develop greater inner strength and openness to life by changing the habit of what Rob Preece calls "self-preoccupation"—the tendency to act from a narrow perspective dominated by insecurity and isolation. When we learn to look outside this mentality and truly cherish others as well as ourselves, we create a happier, relaxed mind and more fulfilling… Read More

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  10. A Life of the Buddha

    A Life of the Buddha

    • by
    • Sherab Chodzin Kohn
    The story of the Buddha and his awakening is more than an account of the birth of a religious tradition: it is also one of the great archetypal tales of the spiritual quest, colorful in its many details and thrilling in its depiction of the world transformed by an enlightened human being. Sherab Chödzin Kohn’s retelling of the Buddha’s life is both readable and historically informed, and presents the Buddha’s… Read More

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