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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. 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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  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. 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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  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. Minding Mind

    Minding Mind

    A Course in Basic Meditation

    Some types of meditation are aimed at promoting a sense of confidence and well-being in everyday life, while other types focus on producing altered states of consciousness, transcending the world, or developing skills for serving other people. The instructions in this book focus on the highest type of all, “pure, clear meditation”: a state of true objectivity that enables the practitioner to use all the other types of meditation freely… Read More

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  7. Stopping and Seeing

    Stopping and Seeing

    A Comprehensive Course in Buddhist Meditation

    • by
    • Chih-i
    "Stopping" and "seeing" are sometimes referred to as the yin and yang of Buddhist meditation—complementary twin halves of a unified whole. In essence, "stopping and seeing" refers to stopping delusion and seeing truth, processes back to basic Buddhist practice. One of the most comprehensive manuals written on these two essential points of Buddhist meditation is "The Great Stopping and Seeing," a monumental work written by sixth-century Buddhist master Chih-i. … Read More

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  8. The Posture of Meditation

    The Posture of Meditation

    A Practical Manual for Meditators of All Traditions

    • by
    • Will Johnson
    When it comes to meditation practices, the body is as important as the mind—a fact that may come as a surprise to the many people who regard meditation as a strictly mental activity. But, as Will Johnson shows, the physical aspect of the practice is far too often underemphasized. The alert-yet-relaxed sitting posture that is the common denominator of so many meditative techniques is a wonderful aid for clearing the… Read More

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  9. Ordinary Magic

    Ordinary Magic

    Everyday Life as Spiritual Path

    • edited by
    • John Welwood
    Spiritual practice and meditation are often thought of as being the province of priests, monks, and nuns—those few individuals who have returned from the preoccupations of day-to-day life. This inspiring book reveals how the simple practice of mindfulness can be a magical and transformative part of anyone's daily life. Thirty-five wide-ranging essays written by well-known spiritual teachers, therapists, and creative artists show how learning to focus awareness can bring a… Read More

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