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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 Pocket Pema Chodron

    The Pocket Pema Chodron

    • by
    • Pema Chodron
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  2. Embracing Each Moment

    Embracing Each Moment

    A Guide to the Awakened Life

    • by
    • Anam Thubten
    The awakened life is the essence and aim of the Buddhist teachings, according to Anam Thubten, and this book is a guide to cultivating the awakened mind and heart that allows this wonderful kind of life to happen. He illuminates the path to awakened living in a way that’s concise and completely accessible to anyone of any background—reflective of the diverse backgrounds of the students who attend his popular talks… Read More

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  3. The Compassion Book

    The Compassion Book

    Teachings for Awakening the Heart

    • by
    • Pema Chodron
    Let compassion and fearlessness guide you and you’ll live wisely and effectively in good times and bad. But that’s easier said than done. Here Pema Chödrön introduces a powerful, transformative method to nurture these qualities using a practice called lojong, which has been a primary focus of her teachings and personal practice for many years. This book presents fifty-nine pithy slogans from the lojong teachings for daily contemplation and includes… Read More

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  4. The Zen of You and Me

    The Zen of You and Me

    A Guide to Getting Along with Just About Anyone

    • by
    • Diane Musho Hamilton
    The people who get under your skin the most can in fact be your greatest teachers. It’s not a matter of overlooking differences—for those very differences offer a path to profound connection. Diane Hamilton’s practical, reality-based guide to living harmoniously with even your most irritating fellow humans—spouses, partners, colleagues, parents, children—shows that “getting along” is really a matter of discovering that our differences are nothing other than an expression of… Read More

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  5. Love Hurts

    Love Hurts

    Buddhist Advice for the Heartbroken

    • by
    • Lodro Rinzler
    Buddhism has a lot to say about suffering—and there are likely few times we suffer more intensely than when we break up with a romantic partner. It feels like you may never recover sometimes. But Lodro Rinzler has wonderfully good news for those suffering heartbreak: the 2,500-year-old teachings of the Buddha are the ultimate antidote for emotional pain. And you don’t need to be a Buddhist for them to apply… Read More

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  6. Our Pristine Mind

    Our Pristine Mind

    A Practical Guide to Unconditional Happiness

    • by
    • Orgyen Chowang
    The true nature of our mind is brilliant, clear, and joyful. But we don’t experience this reality amid the swirl of stresses, thoughts, and emotions of day-to-day life. Our Pristine Mind is a practical guide to uncovering our naturally comfortable state of mind and reconnecting with the unconditional happiness that is already within us. Using straightforward, accessible language, Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche leads us through the path of Pristine Mind meditation,… Read More

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  7. The Heart Is Noble

    The Heart Is Noble

    Changing the World from the Inside Out

    • by
    • H.H. the Seventeenth Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje
    In 2011 a group of American college students spent a month in India with His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa. Together they discussed topics ranging from food justice to gender identities to conflict resolution. The Karmapa’s teachings in this book are the product of those meetings. Here he shares his vision for bringing social and environmental action into daily life, on a scale we can realistically manage through the choices we… Read More

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  8. A Beginner's Guide to Meditation

    A Beginner's Guide to Meditation

    Practical Advice and Inspiration from Contemporary Buddhist Teachers

    • edited by
    • Rod Meade Sperry,
    • Editors of the Shambhala Sun
    As countless meditators have learned firsthand, meditation practice can positively transform the way we see and experience our lives. This practical, accessible guide to the fundamentals of Buddhist meditation introduces you to the practice, explains how it is approached in the main schools of Buddhism, and offers advice and inspiration from Buddhism’s most renowned and effective meditation teachers, including Pema Chödrön, Thich Nhat Hanh, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Sharon Salzberg,… Read More

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  9. Everything Is Workable

    Everything Is Workable

    A Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution

    • by
    • Diane Musho Hamilton
    Conflict is going to be a part of your life—as long as you have relationships, a job, or dry cleaning to be picked up. Bracing yourself against it won’t make it go away, but if you approach it consciously, you can navigate it in way that not only honors everyone involved but makes it a source of deep insight as well. Seasoned mediator Diane Hamilton provides the skill set you… Read More

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  10. 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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