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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 Best Buddhist Writing 2011

    The Best Buddhist Writing 2011

    • edited by
    • Melvin McLeod,
    • Editors of the Shambhala Sun
    A thought-provoking mix of the most notable and insightful Buddhism-inspired writing published in the last year. The Best Buddhist Writing 2011 includes: Karen Miller's story of love, marriage, and dishes Joanna Macy on the First Noble Truth and healing from the legacy of Chernobyl Brian Haycock's taxi ride on the Dharma Road His Holiness the Dalai Lama's… Read More

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  2. The Buddha Is Still Teaching

    The Buddha Is Still Teaching

    Contemporary Buddhist Wisdom

    • edited by
    • Jack Kornfield
    When the Buddha set in motion the wheel of Dharma, he knew that the teaching he gave was inexhaustible—that every future generation would find its own skillful ways to convey it to the hearts and minds of those ready to hear. The Buddha Is Still Teaching is testimony to the fulfillment of that promise today. The selections it contains, from today’s most highly regarded contemporary Buddhist teachers, bring the Dharma… Read More

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  3. Lovingkindness

    Lovingkindness

    The Revolutionary Art of Happiness

    • by
    • Sharon Salzberg
    Throughout our lives we long to love ourselves more deeply and find a greater sense of connection with others. Our fear of intimacy—both with others and with ourselves—creates feelings of pain and longing. But these feelings can also awaken in us the desire for freedom and the willingness to take up the spiritual path. In this inspiring book, Sharon Salzberg, one of America's leading spiritual teachers, shows us… Read More

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  4. 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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  5. 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 about… Read More

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  6. Smile at Fear

    Smile at Fear

    A Retreat with Pema Chodron on Discovering Your Radiant Self-Confidence

    • by
    • Pema Chodron,
    • Pema Chödrön,
    • Carolyn Rose Gimian
    We all have fears, but when we look closely at them, we discover that behind each fear resides a basic fear of ourselves. We’re afraid to look at our habitual styles of thinking and behaving because we might not always like what we see. Ironically it is this fear of honest self-reflection that keeps us trapped in patterns of stress and discontentment. Here is a vision for moving beyond this… Read More

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  7. Smile at Fear

    Smile at Fear

    A Retreat with Pema Chodron on Discovering Your Radiant Self-Confidence

    • by
    • Pema Chodron,
    • Pema Chödrön,
    • Carolyn Rose Gimian
    We all have fears, but when we look closely at them, we discover that behind each fear resides a basic fear of ourselves. We’re afraid to look at our habitual styles of thinking and behaving because we might not always like what we see. Ironically, it is this fear of honest self-reflection that keeps us trapped in patterns of stress and discontentment. Here is a vision for moving beyond this… Read More

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  8. 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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    $16.95
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  9. The Buddha Speaks

    The Buddha Speaks

    A Book of Guidance from the Buddhist Scriptures

    • edited by
    • Anne Bancroft
    Here is the core of the Buddha’s teaching in his own words, as it was memorized word-for-word by his disciples and written down two hundred years after his death. These selections from the Buddhist scriptures deal with the search for truth, the way of contemplation, life and death, living in community, and many other topics, serving as an excellent introduction to the Buddha’s teaching. Whether addressed to monks and nuns,… Read More

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  10. You Are Here

    You Are Here

    Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment

    • by
    • Thich Nhat Hanh
    In this book Thich Nhat Hanh, the renowned Zen monk, author, and meditation master, distills the essence of Buddhist thought and practice, emphasizing the power of mindfulness to transform our lives. “Mindfulness is not an evasion or an escape,” he explains. “It means being here, present, and totally alive. It is true freedom—and without this freedom, there is no happiness.” Based on a retreat that Thich Nhat Hanh… Read More

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