“Mindful” Stocking Stuffers: Favorite Buddhist Books.

Via Benjamin Riggs
on Jun 6, 2011
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My Favorite Daily Reading Book:

Ocean of Dharma, edited by Carolyn Gimian

Ocean of Dharma by Chogyam Trungpa


My Favorite Buddhist Beginners’ Book:

Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience
Faith, by Sharon Salzberg


Most Influential Non-Buddhist Book:

No Man Is an Island (Shambhala Library)


My Favorite Practice Book:

Touching Enlightenment: Finding Realization in the Body
Touching Enlightenment: Finding Realization in the Body by Reggie Ray


My Favorite User-Friendly Guide:

Training the Mind: And Cultivating Loving-Kindness
Training the Mind: And Cultivating Loving-Kindness by Chogyam Trungpa


My Favorite Buddhist Philosophy Book:

Nagarjuna's Seventy Stanzas: A Buddhist Psychology of Emptiness


My Favorite Classic:

Mahamudra: The Moonlight -- Quintessence of Mind and Meditation

Mahamudra: The Moonlight—Quintessence of Mind and Meditation by Dakpo Tashi Namgyal


My Favorite Western Classic:

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying: The Spiritual Classic & International Bestseller

Wild Awakening: The Heart of Mahamudra and Dzogchen
Wild Awakening by Dzogchen Ponlop

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Ben Riggs is the author of Finding God in the Body: A Spiritual Path for the Modern West. He is also the director of the Refuge Meditation Group in Shreveport, LA and a teacher at Explore Yoga. Ben writes extensively about Buddhist and Christian spirituality on Elephant Journal, and his blog. Click here to listen to the Finding God in the Body Podcast. To keep up with all of his work follow him on Facebook or Twitter.


15 Responses to ““Mindful” Stocking Stuffers: Favorite Buddhist Books.”

  1. elephantjournal says:

    Adam Swift Nice list, I also have a soft spot for the work of Gil Fronsdal and never travel far without a copy of his translation of the Dhammapada. I also never travel far without a little Big Star, but that is Paul Westerberg's fault.

    Nalanda LGBT Buddhist Cultural and Resource Center there are so many great books available about the dharma today. Love your choices. Anything by Robert Thurman is our choice

  2. Cindi Silva says:

    Hi Friends of Elephant Journal — I am working on a book that will be available soon. It will also be available for Kindle. I’m very excited about it! I hope one day soon it will be listed here! Until then, I would like to invite you to visit my blog: http://mindfulnesswalks.wordpress.com/2011/05/07/… I wish you all
    great success, happiness and peace. Cindi Silva

  3. John Pappas says:

    I am currently reading Touching Enlightenment by Reggie Ray and am enjoying it very much. Living As a River by Bodhipaksa was also a wonderful practice book and the classic Taking the Path of Zen by Robert Aitken Roshi is second to none for an introduction to Zen practice.

  4. Ang says:

    Thank you so much for putting this list together. This is my summer to simplify and study. I'm going to make my way thru all of these.

  5. Marsha says:

    Alan Watts, "The Way of Zen", was my introduction to Zen Buddhism. I read most of his books and they are still my favorites.

  6. LAFinfinger says:

    Thanks for this. I love "Hardcore Zen" by Brad Warner.

  7. Cutting through Spiritual Materialism & Zen Mind, Beginners Mind would both make my list too. Also Peace is Every Step & Taming the Tiger Within by Thich Nhat Hanh and Start Where You Are, The Places that Scare You, and When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron. An Open Heart by HHDL is one another one I love & recommend to people who are interested in mindfulness but not specifically Buddhism. I can't seem to keep any of these on my shelf…always passing them off to friends!

    Thanks for some new suggestions – always looking for something to read!

  8. George Colombo says:

    What a terrific list. Thanks for posting it.

  9. Mackal Roger says:

    Ajahn Chah – Food for the Heart

    A very incisive and powerful collection from the Thai Forest Master.

  10. yogiclarebear says:

    The Zen Path Through Depression by Philip Martin

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  12. kris says:

    To Meet the Real Dragon, by Gudu Wafu Nishijima and Buddhism Plain and Simple, by Steve Hagen. Love all of Brad Warner's work, Hardcore Zen and Sit Down and Shut Up the best ones imo.