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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 Heart of Meditation

    The Heart of Meditation

    Discovering Innermost Awareness

    • by
    • H.H. the Fourteenth Dalai Lama,
    • Jeffrey Hopkins
    The heart of meditation—the thing that brings it alive—is compassion. This is not an ordinary compassion but one that is developed and expanded in parallel with wisdom that arises through meditation. Without that essential foundation, other practices are pointless. Fortunately, the mind can be trained in compassion, and the mind thus trained is fertile ground for the practice of the Great Completeness (Dzogchen), which is considered the pinnacle of spiritual… Read More

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  2. The Compassion Book

    The Compassion Book

    Teachings for Awakening the Heart

    • by
    • Pema Chodron
    A newly designed reissue of Pema Chödrön’s Always Maintain a Joyful Mind—featuring everyday inspiration drawn from the classic Buddhist practice of lojong and instructive commentaries by Pema for making the lojong teachings a practical part of everyday life.This uniquely accessible presentation of lojong, one of Tibetan Buddhism’s most renowned practices, gets at the heart of compassion as only Pema Chödrön can. Featuring the 59 pithy lojong slogans and Pema’s commentary… Read More

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  3. Boundless Heart

    Boundless Heart

    The Buddha’s Path of Kindness, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity

    • by
    • Christina Feldman
    Compassion, kindness, equanimity, and joy are not only the fruits of the awakened life but also the path to it: attitudes of mind that can be cultivated by anyone willing to set the intention for doing so. Christina Feldman shows how these ennobling qualities—known in Buddhism as the brahma viharas (sublime abodes) or the Four Immeasurables—are far more than simply the “feel-good” states they are sometimes mistaken for. If we… Read More

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  4. 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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  5. The Meditator’s Dilemma

    The Meditator’s Dilemma

    An Innovative Approach to Overcoming Obstacles and Revitalizing Your Practice

    • by
    • Bill Morgan
    When practiced regularly, meditation naturally deepens self-awareness and leads to spiritual insight. In our hyper, instant-gratification culture, however, most people miss out on those powerful outcomes because it’s hard to commit to a long-term practice. Despite the increasing popularity of mindfulness and its documented mental health benefits, the silent majority of meditators struggle to maintain a regular practice. In fact, research indicates that more than fifty percent of meditators give… Read More

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  6. Right Concentration

    Right Concentration

    A Practical Guide to the Jhanas

    • by
    • Leigh Brasington
    The jhānas are eight progressive altered states of consciousness that can be identified with the aspect of the Buddha’s Eightfold Path called Right Concentration. Training in concentration leads to these states, each of which yields a deeper and subtler state of awareness than the previous one. The jhānas are not in themselves awakening, but they are a skillful means for stilling the mind in a way that leads in that… Read More

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  7. Start Here Now

    Start Here Now

    An Open-Hearted Guide to the Path and Practice of Meditation

    • by
    • Susan Piver
    If you want to meditate but have no idea where to begin, this book by best-selling author and Buddhist teacher Susan Piver will help you: it contains everything you need to know to start a meditation practice and, even more important, to continue one. It defines what meditation is (and what it is not); dispels the three most common misconceptions about it; advises ways around obstacles; addresses the most frequently… 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. 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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  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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