Readers’ Picks

In thinking about year-end gifts, we want to share what YOU have to say.

Below are some lovely quotations from readers on their favorite Shambhala books.

Do you have one to add? Please comment at the bottom!

“This book showed me a different way, a way to devote discipline of both my body and mind.”


“As a therapist, I recommend this to anyone seeking permanent life change realistically.”


“If there is one book in my collection that I could give away to everyone, it would be this book.”


“This book changed my life as a writer, a teacher of writing, and as an individual!”


“This is a foundational book for anyone interested in delving deeper into the richness of martial arts philosophy.”


“This book set me on a path of healing that has continued to the present day.”


“This is, plain and simply, an astonishing book.”


“Pure, melodic, poetic, this book should be one of the first ones on the list for every serious reader.”


“Every time I read Tao Te Ching, the book feels new again, fresh, as if only just discovered.”


“Makes you really appreciate the ideas of strength and courage and the power of emotions and desire in overcoming any obstacle you face.”


“There is playfulness and joy on every page of this book, with a unique tone that has a distinctive voice and is full of heart.”


“You will smile, cry, and be moved by the writings of a master storyteller.”


“Filled with beautiful photos, delightful recipes, and creative picnic themes, each page gives inspiration to get outdoors!”


“This one hits the sweet spot for our busy lives with wonderful recipes of vegetarian dinners!”


“Kino will motivate you to stick to the practice and walk the yogi path.”


“A remarkable vision and an inspiring perspective of the challenges and opportunities in the chaotic, divisive, and evolving global cultures.”


“I think this is a great way for beginners to get started in mindfulness without feeling overwhelmed.”


“Brilliant. Life-changing. Psycho-active. Very enlightening.”


“Beautiful artwork that is cohesive and inspiring, high-quality construction, and an informative and well-written manual.”


“Beautiful blend of memoir, cookbook, and reflections on living a thoughtful, food-enhanced life.”


11 thoughts on “Readers’ Picks”

  • Harry Steel

    "When Things Fall Apart" by Pema Chodrin came to me when, indeed, EVERYTHING had fallen apart in my life. The book provided me with a real support when I needed it the most. Thank you, Ms. Chodrin!

  • Mary White

    Start Where you Are by Pema Chodron on 7 points of Mind Training or Lojong....a book that I have been reading for the past 10 years. It never ever becomes irrelevant .

  • Tim Cross

    One of the most compelling and inspiring books I've read in the last few years is "Hunger Mountain" by David Hinton. His meditations on Chinese poetry and philosophy, integrated into the context of daily hikes in the wilderness through a mountain landscape, resonated deeply, like the low tone of a struck bronze bell that keeps reverberating.

  • Lori

    The Places that Scare You by Pema Chodron. This book is full of more wisdom than I can take in. I have to read it over and over again. Each time I feel more nourished than the last.

  • John Eberly

    The Great Path of Awakening by Ken McLeod

    Best book I've ever read. 'Nuff said!

  • Polly

    Zen Mind Beginner's Mind and When Things Fall Apart are high on my list of favorites. But Autobiography of a Yogi wins.

  • Kirk Cornwell

    “Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism” Just the title is a daily reminder and lesson. A superb introduction to the wisdom of Chogyam Trungpa.

  • Cecile Moochnek

    suzuki roshi's book "zen mind beginners mind is always new
    after years of reading it suddenly i am really getting it
    what a wonderful book of wisdom

  • Yvonne Baginsky

    To add to your list:

    Chogyam Trumgpa, The Path is the Goal

    Sounds so simple...but hard to see while you're actually walking. Inspiring guide to the twists and turns of the path.

  • Yvonne Baginsky

    Chogyam Trungpa, 'The Path is the Goal'

    Sound simple but hard to se while you're walking. This is an elegant guide to the and turns of the path, flagging up some of the signposts.

  • Lori

    I highly recommend Natural Bravery by Gaylon Ferguson. A remarkably unique book--perfect for anyone exploring his or her relationship to engaging fully with the world and trusting self/other/cosmos. I am now on my second reading. Format is so accessible: 88 brief and pithy sections, each of which strikes like an arrow to the center of the target. Full of sentences that are like seeds, such as "It takes tremendous reservoirs of inner strength to be patient, to return thoughtful kindness for inconsiderate thoughtlessness, and to continue being generous in the face of ingratitude." I feel this book will be my lifelong companion.

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