Recent Books On Introductions to Buddhism


Making Friends with Yourself

Imagine having Pema Chödrön sitting in your living room, speaking directly to you. This course, beautifully set in the intimate environment of remote Gampo Abbey, presents Pema teaching how to step outside ourselves to see how our sense of self develops and leads us to negative patterns of thinking.

Taught by: Pema Chödrön

Entering the Path

The hinayana path is the foundation of the Buddhist teachings. To enter the path of Buddhist practice, one must start here. Based on training in mindfulness and awareness and in cultivating a deeper understanding of one’s own mind, the hinayana is what allows us to take delight in our everyday life just as it is.

Taught by: Judith L. Lief

The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion

Once the essential foundation of the hinayana teachings has been laid, the next step begins with opening the focus of practice to include the world beyond oneself. This personal paradigm shift is the gate to the mahayana teachings, beginning with shunyata, the essential emptiness of all phenomena, and with the compassion that naturally arises from that understanding.

Taught by: Judith L. Lief

Start Here Now

Meditation expert and New York Times best-selling author Susan Piver has taught thousands of people how to meditate. In this course, Susan distills all of her best advice and tried-and-true techniques into a self-paced program that could change your life.

Taught by: Susan Piver

Living the Dharma

Tibetan Buddhist master Anyen Rinpoche and his teaching partner Allison Choying Zangmo share what it takes to achieve realization on the spiritual path with a practical and approachable means for bringing our practice alive and actualizing the wisdom of the Buddha in our hearts.

Taught by: Anyen Rinpoche & Allison Choying Zangmo

Discovering the Relaxed Mind

Learn a seven-step meditation practice, concisely and practically adapted from the meditation techniques of three major Buddhist traditions—Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana—which Tibetan Buddhism knits into a seamless whole.

Taught by: Dza Kilung Rinpoche


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Q&A with Cuong Lu of Wait

Cuong Lu, author of Wait, discusses his new book, how we can bring happiness and love into every moment of our lives, and shares some words of encouragement for when times get tough. Share ...

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Culturally Competent Dharma Teaching: Realizing an Ethical Imperative

Commentary on Black and Buddhist: What Buddhism Can Teach Us about Race, Resilience, Transformation, and Freedom By Pamela Ayo Yetunde  November 2, 2020 Cheryl and I, like you, live in interlo...

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Precious Human Birth

To Listen, Contemplate, and Meditate Is the Practice of a Bodhisattva Excerpt from A Guide to the Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva...

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Noble Eightfold Path

We have all begun a journey. A journey into our minds. A journey of discovery and exploration of who and what we are. Taking the first step is difficult, and in the first days of practice there is o...

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Anam Thubten on the Sudden Beauty and Rest of Enlightenment

Enlightenment happens unexpectedly, in the same way that we are often struck with wonder when we see whales jumping from the surface of the ocean. They take our breath away. Throughout the ages these kinds of experiences have often been experienced by meditators. This is frequently noted in the Buddhist...
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Anam Thubten on Benefits of Falling Apart

When we pray, what we are doing is invoking the spirit of devotion. Devotion is about no longer resisting anything. We are no longer trying to hold the composure of this illusory entity, ego or self. Self is always collapsing and dissolving in each and every moment. It dissolves if we leave it as it...
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Anam Thubten on Simple Awakening

by Anam Thubten Anam Thubten’s training in Tibet and his years of experience teaching Westerners are beautifully distilled in his remarkably clear book, No Self, No Problem. This excerpt describes the core of the spiritual path. When awakening happens, there is no longer any desire to become someone...
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Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen on How to Purify Obscurations

by Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen OK, we haven’t exactly been angelic all our lives—and our “obscurations” are part of the cause. Buddhism prescribes certain steps to help purify our misdeeds. This clear description of those steps is adapted here from A Complete Guide to the Buddhist Path by Khenchen...
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