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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. How to Train a Wild Elephant

    How to Train a Wild Elephant

    And Other Adventures in Mindfulness

    • by
    • Jan Chozen Bays
    A growing body of research is showing that mindfulness can reduce stress, improve physical health, and improve one’s overall quality of life. Jan Chozen Bays, MD—physician and Zen teacher—has developed a series of simple practices to help us cultivate mindfulness as we go about our ordinary, daily lives. Exercises include: taking three deep breaths before answering the phone, noticing and adjusting your posture throughout the day, eating mindfully, and leaving… Read More

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  2. Awake in the World

    Awake in the World

    Teachings from Yoga and Buddhism for Living an Engaged Life

    • by
    • Michael Stone
    How can we live a balanced life in unbalanced times? How can the practices of meditation and yoga support our relationships, our work lives, and the greater good? Author, teacher, and psychotherapist Michael Stone presents the essential insights of mindfulness and yoga, emphasizing the teachings of simplicity and the interdependence of all life. Stone explains that the practices of yoga and meditation are not about escaping reality but… Read More

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  3. The Mindfulness Revolution

    The Mindfulness Revolution

    Leading Psychologists, Scientists, Artists, and Meditation Teachers on the Power of Mindfulness in Daily Life

    • edited by
    • Barry Boyce,
    • Editors of the Shambhala Sun
    A growing body of scientific research indicates that mindfulness can reduce stress and improve mental and physical health. Countless people who have tried it say it's improved their quality of life. Simply put, mindfulness is the practice of paying steady and full attention, without judgment or criticism, to our moment-to-moment experience. Here is a collection of the best writing on what mindfulness is, why we should practice it, and… Read More

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  4. What We Say Matters

    What We Say Matters

    Practicing Nonviolent Communication

    • by
    • Ike Lasater,
    • Judith Hanson Lasater
    Have you ever tried to tell someone what you want only to feel misunderstood and frustrated? Or hesitated to ask for what you needed because you didn't want to burden the other person? Or been stuck in blame or anger that wouldn't go away?Judith and Ike Lasater, long-term students of yoga and Buddhism, experienced dilemmas like these, too. Even though they had studied the yoga principle of satya (truth) and… Read More

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  5. The Mindful Leader

    The Mindful Leader

    Awakening Your Natural Management Skills through Mindfulness Meditation

    • by
    • Michael Carroll
    In The Mindful Leader, Michael Carroll focuses on ten key principles of mindfulness and how they apply to leading groups and organizations, addressing a range of topics along the way, including how to: heal the “toxic workplace,” where anxiety and stress impede performance cultivate courage and confidence in the face of workplace difficulties pursue organizational goals without neglecting what’s happening here and now lead with wisdom and gentleness, not just… Read More

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  6. Quiet Mind

    Quiet Mind

    A Beginner's Guide to Meditation

    • edited by
    • Susan Piver
    This unique book-and-audio program brings together some of the country's most beloved meditation teachers. Each contributor presents a short written teaching along with an audio recording of a guided practice. Quiet Mind features:Sakyong Mipham on shamatha, the practice of tranquillityLarry Rosenberg on vipassana, the practice of clear seeingEdward Espe Brown on zazen, the practice of freedomSharon Salzberg on metta, the practice of lovingkindnessJudith Lief on tonglen, the practice of transformationTulku… Read More

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  7. Hooked!

    Hooked!

    Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume

    • edited by
    • Stephanie Kaza
    At one time or another, most of us have experienced an all-consuming desire for a material object, a desire so strong that it seems like we couldn't possibly be happy without buying this thing. Yet, when we give in to this impulse, we often find ourselves feeling frustrated and empty. Advertisers, of course, aim to hook us in this way, and, from a global perspective, our tendency to get hooked… Read More

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  8. Healing Emotions

    Healing Emotions

    Conversations with the Dalai Lama on Mindfulness, Emotions, and Health

    • edited by
    • Daniel Goleman
    Can the mind heal the body? The Buddhist tradition says yes—and now many Western scientists are beginning to agree. Healing Emotions is the record of an extraordinary series of encounters between the Dalai Lama and prominent Western psychologists, physicians, and meditation teachers that sheds new light on the mind-body connection. Topics include: compassion as medicine; the nature of consciousness; self-esteem; and the meeting points of mind, body, and… Read More

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