The following books are available for Sangha members to borrow to deepen their practice.
|Against the Stream: A Buddhist Manual for Spiritual Revolutionaries||Noah Levine||Buddha was a revolutionary. His practice was subversive his message, seditious. ...
His enlightened point of view went against the norms of his dayâ€”in his words, ‘against the stream.’ His teachings changed the world, and now they can change you too.Presenting the basics of Buddhism with personal anecdotes, exercises, and guided meditations, bestselling author Noah Levine guides the reader along a spiritual path that has led to freedom from suffering and has saved lives for 2,500 years. Levine should know. Buddhist meditation saved him from a life of addiction and crime. He went on to counsel and teach countless others the Buddhist way to freedom, and here he shares those life-changing lessons with you. Read and awaken to a new and better life.
|Awake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery||Mark Coleman||“Nature deficit disorder” has become an increasingly challenging problem in our hyper modern world. ...
In Awake in the Wild, Mark Coleman shows seekers how to remedy this widespread malady by reconnecting with nature through Buddhism. Each short (two to three pages) chapter includes a concrete nature meditation relating to such topics as Attuning to the Natural World, Reflecting the Rhythms of Nature, Walking with Compassion, Releasing the Inner Noise, Freeing the Animal Within, Coming into the Peace of Wild Things, Weathering the Storms of Life, and more. Incorporating anecdotes from the author’s many nature retreats, Buddhist wisdom and teachings, important nature writings by others, and nature itself, the book invites readers to participate in, not just observe, nature develop a loving connection with the earth as a form of environmental activism decrease urban alienation through experiencing nature embody nature’s peaceful presence and connect with ancient spiritual wisdom through nature meditations.
|New World Library|
|Being Peace||Thich Nhat Hanh||Since its publication in 1987, Being Peace has become a classic of contemporary religious literature. ...
In his simple and readable style, Thich Nhat Hanh shows how our state of mind and body can make the world a peaceful place. We learn to transform the very situations that pressure and antagonize us into opportunities for practicing mindfulness.
|Beyond Happiness: The Zen Way to True Contentment||Ezra Bayda||Many books have been published in recent years on happiness. ...
Ezra Bayda, a remarkably down-to-earth Zen teacher, believes that the happiness ‘boom’ has been largely a bust for readers. Why? Because it’s precisely the pursuit of happiness that keeps us trapped in cycles of dissatisfaction and suffering. In Beyond Happiness, Bayda draws on Zen teachings to question our conventional notions about what happiness is and where we can find it. Most of us seek happiness in things that are external to us. We imagine that getting more money, a better relationship, or going on a nice vacation will finally make us happy. But Bayda shows us that the deepest and most lasting form of happiness does not rely on external circumstance at all. Bayda offers Zen insights and practices that point readers toward the true sources of lasting happiness: mindfulness, compassion, gratitude, and generosity.
|Blooming of a Lotus: Revised Edition of the Classic Guided Meditation for Achieving the Miracle of Mindfulness, The||Thich Nhat Hanh||One of the world’s great meditation teachers offers thirty-four guided exercises ...
that will bring both beginning and experienced practitioners into closer touch with their bodies, their inner selves, their families, and the world. Compassionate and wise, Thich Nhat Hanh’s healing words help us acknowledge and dissolve anger and separation by illuminating the way toward the miracle of mindfulness.
|Cave in the Snow: A Western Woman’s Quest for Enlightenment||Vicki MacKenzie||Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|Chant and Be Happy||His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada||Bhaktivedanta Book Trust|
|Coming Through Depression||Tony Bates||Recommended as part of the Books on Prescription Scheme by Irish Psychologists and GPs ...
This book has been written for all who suffer from depression and for those who are close to the depressed person, be they partner, child or friend. The effort to alleviate the pain of depression in a loved one inevitably fails and the most well-intentioned interventions of friends and spouses can leave all concerned feeling helpless and alienated. While intended primarily as a guide to recovery for the sufferer, it is also written with the relatives and friends of the sufferer in mind in the hope that it can make sense of what can be a difficult problem to grasp from the `outside’. Understanding of the problem by all who are affected can act as a bridge between people who feel isolated by depression and those who care about them. Part One explains what happens when someone gets depressed and what kinds of experience cause depression. Part Two focuses on a step by step recovery plan to overcoming depression and Part Three considers what has been learned in the past ten years about staying well and preventing relapse. Also available as an ebook Reviews: ‘Tony Bates, apart from being such a highly respected professional, has a wonderful rapport with our listeners. He has a particular empathy that communicates effortlessly on Radio, perhaps because, as he says in this excellent book, `I have battled through many a dark night of the soul myself.’ – Marian Finucane, broadcaster ‘A powerful and erudite book, it is written in a clear style and will help many people it’s not just an essential manual for those struggling with depression, but also a road map for those seeking to find a path to a new and refreshed sense of selfhood.’ – Michael Harding, writer ‘It is a very empowering book, making it clear that depression need never have power over us because we ourselves and only we have the power in our own lives.’ – Sister Stanislaus Kennedy, visionary and social innovator ‘Tony Bates invites the reader to begin, slowly and surely, to move through the darkest of times, through setbacks and false dawns, towards a genuine recovery.’ – Mark Williams, Director, University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre ‘… a more complete map to recovery from depression.’ – Irish Farmers Journal Irish County Living ‘is an articulate, sensitive and practical guide to recovery from depression’ -Stephen McWilliams, Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine
|Gill & MacMillan|
|Force of Kindness: Change Your Life with Love and Compassion, The||Sharon Salzberg||Distill the great spiritual teachings from around the world down to their most basic principles, ...
and one thread emerges to unite them all: kindness. In The Force of Kindness, Sharon Salzberg, one of the nation’s most respected Buddhist authors and meditation teachers, offers practical instruction on how we can cultivate this essential trait within ourselves. Through her stories, teachings, and guided meditations, Sharon Salzberg takes readers on an exploration of what kindness truly means and the simple steps to realize its effects immediately. She reveals that kindness is not the sweet, naive sentiment that many of us assume it is, but rather an immensely powerful force that can transform individual lives and ripple out, changing and improving relationships, the environment, our communities, and ultimately the world. Readers will learn specific techniques for cultivating forgiveness turning compassion into action practicing speech that is truthful, helpful, and loving and much more. When we fan even the smallest ember of kindness, according to Sharon Salzberg, we begin to overcome our own fears, doubts, and personal attachments-and tap an endless source of gentle strength that is always available to us. With her graceful writing and six guided meditations on CD, this beloved meditation master empowers readers to enhance The Force of Kindness in their own spiritual practice.
|Friends on the Path: Living Spiritual Communities||Thich Nhat Hanh||Friends on the Path is an anthology that includes contributions from experienced Dharma teachers and Sangha leaders around the world each giving sage advice on how to build and sustain a Sangha.||Parallax Press|
|Going on Being||Continuum|
|Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits||Martine Batchelor||When we break free from the habits that limit us, a new world of possibilities opens up....
In Let Go, Martine Batchelor leads the way there. Negative patterns of mind may manifest as fear, avoidance, depression, addiction, judgment of self or other, and any of a host of other physical, mental, or psychological forms. Let Go aims at understanding what really lies at the root of these behaviors so we can reclaim control. Each chapter concludes with an exercise or guided meditation as a tool for the reader to work with negative habits in new and creative ways. You don’t have to be a Buddhist for them to work. You just need to want to move on. Helpful exercises and guided meditations – designed to build understanding of our negative habits, as well as the confidence and skill needed to instead embrace our greatest qualities – appear throughout the book. Batchelor also looks at Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for depression, Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz’s use of meditation to deal with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), successful combinations of meditation and Twelve-Step programs, and offers her own innovations.
|Listening to the Heart: A Contemplative Journey to Engaged Buddhism||Husband and wife Kittisaro and Thanissara take turns coauthoring chapters in this deeply personal dharma book ...
exploring the inner practice of meditation in support of awakening. Within the context of the lives of the authors, both monastics in their youth, awakening unfolds as a multifaceted process following the archetypal journey of the hero(ine). Traveling from innocence to disillusionment through the fields of trials and despair that lead to maturity, and ultimately to inspiration and a blessed life, Listening to the Heart tells the story of two unconventional individuals who have together embraced spirituality as the keystone of their lives. At the heart of the book, through teachings on the nondual nature of reality, we enter the ‘intimacy with all things’ as revealed in core Buddhist texts. Without ending at the goal of personal freedom, Thanissara and Kittisaro encourage us to go beyond the experience of inner peace to embodying wisdom in acts of service within the world. With a realistic appraisal of our current global crisis in which sustainability is threatened by catastrophic climate change, the authors encourage a preparedness that enables a mindful balance of equanimity and passionate engagement whatever the outcome of our global evolutionary journey. The guiding refuge for this journey is the Buddha, the historical teacher andâ€”most profoundlyâ€”that immediate and direct pure awareness, which we all can access. The book also draws on teachings and stories of Buddhist masters who are fearless, funny, and challenging. Eventually we are led into the Mary-like presence of the goddess of mercy, Kuan Yin who, as a great archetype within Buddhist cosmology, reveals the deepest mystery of our own hearts and our capacity for merciful and compassionate response. As the inner process of awakening unfolds, it transforms seekers and their lives, as modeled by the authors. It both heals the personal self in its journey through its wounds and shadows, and yet at the same time dissolves identification with the self. The book then ends by returning to the simplicity of the authors’ primary teacher, Ajahn Chah, with his encouragement to ‘Be the Dharma.’
|North Atlantic Books|
|Living in the Light of Death: On the Art of Being Truly Alive||Larry Rosenberg||Those aches and pains, that sagging and graying–the booby trap of death is hidden in the undergrowth of the future, but how far into the future? ...
One of the Buddha’s great realizations was of the reality of aging and death. As Larry Rosenberg points out, it’s not the reality that is the problem but what our minds do with it. One of America’s leading meditation teachers, Rosenberg has in his repertoire a time-honored meditation practice: death meditation. In a sense, all Buddhist meditation is about facing impermanence, but death meditation is facing the ultimate impermanence. In Living in the Light of Death, Rosenberg brings forth some of his best anecdotes from his stays in foreign lands (and other painful experiences) to illustrate that aging, illness, and death can not only try us but teach us as well. To meditate on them is to initiate that teaching process. What Rosenberg has realized and tried to pass on to others is that although we cannot avoid the painful or frightening phenomena of the body, they do not have to weigh us down and can instead lend a lightheartedness to living. –Brian Bruya
|Mindful Manifesto: How Doing Less and Noticing More Can Treat Illness, Relieve Stress and Help Us Cope with the 21st Century. Jonty Heave, The||Jonty Heaversedge||We live in a speedy, pressurised world, and with little pause to really experience and enjoy our lives. ...
Instead it’s time for us to stop, pay attention to our minds, notice what we are doing, and appreciate what we have. For thousands of years Eastern traditions have taught meditation to help people lead healthier, happier lives. Now, scientific research is confirming that ‘mindfulness’ can help us all improve our mental and physical well-being. Written by a GP and a health writer, The Mindful Manifesto is the first book to integrate the latest scientific and medical research on mindfulness with meditation’s historical context. We see how it can: treat mental health problems such as depression and anxiety help us cope with the busyness of everyday life improve our physical health and manage chronic illness help us let go of unwanted behaviours improve how we function in our relationships and jobs. And why stop there? With examples of how the mindfulness movement is already well underway, we see that encouraging governments and other powerful institutions to take a mindful approach could make a massive difference to the health and happiness of the whole world.
|Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness (Book & CD), The||The Guilford Press|
|Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy For Dummies||Patrizia Collard||Stay in the present and build a happier future Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy For Dummies takes you through the eight-week MBCT course, ...
using the principles of mindfulness to complement established CBT techniques. You’ll discover how using MBCT can help lower your risk of relapsing into depression and reduce the risk of other mental health disorders including anxiety, stress, and low self-esteem. Provides a solid foundation for positive mental health The downloadable audio files contain guided meditations, a core feature of the MBCT program MBCT works as an excellent supplement to therapy and may reduce the need for medication If you suffer from depression, anxiety, insomnia, or a host of other mental health disorders, let Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy For Dummies keep you in the present and build a happier future.
|Monks and Me: How 40 Days in Thich Nhat Hanh’s French Monastery Guided Me Home, The||Mary Paterson||‘Death can be a destabilizing force. And when it touches you closely, you must somehow discover a way to find and rebuild your secure home,’ ...
popular yoga instructor Mary Paterson writes. With the death of her father, she felt as if she had no place to stand. She had lost her home.Paterson’s response to this life crisis, was to embark on a pilgrimage to Plum Village, the retreat of Nobel Prize-nominated Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh. This wonderfully frank and funny chronicle of her 40-day sojourn offers readers the 40 Buddhist precepts that she learned. The primary theme is the necessity of discovering how to ‘take refuge’ or find a permanent home within ourselves–without taking oneself too seriously. With chapters such as The Lesson in a Bad Fish, The Man Who Nicked My Headphones, How a Monk Washes His Face, and How Not to Be Sneaky, this lyrical, wise, and witty personal journey book is inspirational and a joy to read. Paterson’s sensibility is grounded, realistic, and engaging.
|Hampton Roads Publishing|
|Radical Acceptance: Awakening the Love That Heals Fear and Shame||Tara Brach||‘Radical Acceptance offers us an invitation to embrace ourselves with all our pain, fear and anxieties, and to step lightly yet firmly on the path of understanding and compassion. ...
Please enjoy this nourishing and healing book.’ Thich Nhat Hanh In the West, most of us have suffered the fear of not being ‘good enough’, feeling insecure about our appearance, our sexuality, our intelligence, our spiritual progress or – often most importantly – being worthy of love. When these feelings of insufficiency or self-aversion are strong, we fear abandonment and rejection. Many people have already found the Buddhist perspective on our emotional life to be extremely valuable – and this book will be a major practical contribution to the subject.
|Rider & Co|
|Rude Awakenings: Two Englishmen on Foot in Buddhism’s Holy Land||Half raucous adventure and half inspirational memoir, Rude Awakenings documents an unusual pilgrimage. ...
Two very different men–life-loving naturalist Nick Scott and austere Buddhist monk Ajahn Sucitto–together spend six months retracing the Buddha’s footsteps through India. Told alternately by Sucitto and Scott in their distinctive voices, this story blends self-effacing humor, philosophical explorations, drama, travel observations, and the occasional giant fruit bat. Rude Awakenings is a heady record of survival and spirituality set against the dramatic backdrop of one of India’s most lawless regions.
|Teach Us to Sit Still: A Sceptic’s Search for Health and Healing||Tim Parks||Bedevilled by a crippling condition which nobody could explain or relieve, he confronts hard truths about the relationship between the mind and the body, ...
the hectic modern world and his life as a writer. Teach Us To Sit Still is the visceral, thought-provoking and improbably entertaining story of Tim Parks’ quest to overcome ill health.
|There’s More to Dying than Death: A Buddhist Perspective||Lama Shenpen Hookham||Drawing from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of approaching and preparing for death, ...
Lama Shenpen Hookham offers Westerners like herself practical descriptions of the attitudes, the practices, and the considerations that surround our own death, caring for those dying and also care-givers. Of great interest to those seeking a positive yet realistic coming to terms with death, its Buddhist context provides further teaching on the Tibetan Books of the Dead, one of the most well-known Tibetan texts.Lama Shenpen Hookham has practiced in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for over 30 years. With Khenpo Rinpoche her root teacher, she focuses on the Mahamudra and Dzogchen teachings. She is the author of The Buddha Within and Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness.
|Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong||Norman Fischer||Lojong is the Tibetan Buddhist practice that involves working with short phrases (called ‘slogans’) as a way of generating bodhichitta, ...
the heart and mind of enlightened compassion. Though the practice is more than a millennium old, it has become popular in the West only in the last twenty years or soâ€”and it has become very popular indeed, because it’s a practice that one can fit very well into an ordinary life, and because it works.Through the influence of Pema Chadran, who was one of the first American Buddhist teachers to teach it extensively, the practice has moved out of its Buddhist context to affect the lives of non-Buddhists too. It’s in this spirit that Norman Fischer offers his commentary on the lojong slogans. He applies Zen wisdom to them, showing how well they fit in that related tradition, but he also sets the slogans in the context of resonant practices throughout the spiritual traditions. He shows lojong to be a wonderful method for everyone, including those who aren’t otherwise interested in Buddhism, who don’t have the time or inclination to meditate, or who’d just like to morph into the kind of person who’s focused rather than scattered, generous rather than stingy, and kind rather than thoughtless.
|Walking On Lotus Flowers: Buddhist Women Living, Loving and Meditating||Martine Batchelor||Walking on Lotus Flowers arises out of the experience of Western and Asian women from various Buddhist traditions and all walks of life.||Thorsons|
|Way of the Bodhisattva: (Bodhicaryavatara), Revised Edition (Shambhala Classics), The||Shantideva||Shantideva was an Indian Buddhist while Buddhism still flourished in India. His great work, the Bodhicharyavatara, or ‘Entrance to the Path of Awakening,’ ...
became a major text of Tibetan Buddhism long after it went out of circulation in its homeland. It is a handbook on how to realize the nature of existence and of compassion that arises from such realization. The Dalai Lama said of it, ‘If I have any understanding of compassion and the practice of the Bodhisattva path, it is entirely on the basis of this text that I possess it.’ Like the Book of Proverbs, the Bodhicharyavatara is a timeless work of wisdom, the longevity of which is due to the quality of its verse as much as to its wisdom. For the first time, an attempt has been made to recover that poetic immediacy by rendering the text in iambic lines. Regard your body as a vessel, A simple boat for going here and there. Make of it a wish-fulfilling gem To bring about the benefit of beings. With this translation, gleaming in its clarity, a Buddhist classic becomes an English classic. Worthy of recitation and committing to memory, Shantideva’s words on such topics as doing good, reading sutras, guarding the mind, keeping good company, and on the nature of the mind and reality can take on a life of their own, to grow and blossom in a new native tongue. The text booms, like the voice of a Shakespearean actor, as if it were not the bodhisattva but the book itself that proclaims: And now as long as space endures, As long as there are beings to be found, May I continue likewise to remain To drive away the sorrows of the world. –Brian Bruya
|What the Buddha Taught||Walpola Rahula||NA||Oneworld|
|Wisdom of No Escape: How to Love Yourself and Your World, The||Pema Chodron||Massmarket edition of this spiritual guide to making the most of life, through bad times as well as good, from bestselling author Pema Chodron. ...
This accessible book has been on the US bestseller lists consistently for four years now. In The Wisdom of No Escape, bestselling author Pema Chodron shows us the profound value of our situation of ‘no exit’ from the ups and downs of life. This book is about saying yes to life in all its manifestations — about making friends with ourselves and our world and embracing the potent mixture of joy, suffering, brilliance, and confusion that characterizes the human experience. It urges us to wake up wholeheartedly to everything and to use the abundant, richly textured fabric of everyday life as our primary spiritual teacher and guide.
|Broad View, Boundless Heart||Ajahn Pasanno & Ajahn Amaro|
|Mindfulness: The Path to the Deathless||The Meditation Teaching of Venerable Ajahn Sumedho|
|With Each & Every Breath: A Guide To Meditation||Thanissaro Bhikku (Geoffrey De Graff)|
|An Introduction to Meditation||The Buddhist Society|
|Introduction to Insight Meditation||Ajahn Sucitto||Amaravati Publications|
|Don’t Push – Just Use The Weight Of Your Own Body||Ajahn Amaro||Compassion, Compulsive Helping, Numbness and the Buddha’s Teaching On Caring In Action||Amaravati Publications|
|The Body||Ajahn Sundara, Ajahn Candasiri, Ajahn Metta||Dhamma reflections on ageing, sickness and death by the nuns of the Theravada community||Amaravati Publications|
|Kamma and the End of Kamma||Ajahn Sucitto||Sukhi Hotu Dhamma Publications|
|Small Boat, Great Mountain||Amaro Bhikku||Theravadan Reflections on the Natural Great Perfection||Amaravati Publications|
|Of Nourishment and Grace, Stillness and Compassion: An interpretation of Tao The Ching||Lao Tzu||Gaunts Publishing|
|The Ways of the Peaceful||Luang Por Liem Thitadhammo||Teachings about “Samana-Dhamma”, the virtues of a Buddhist monk|
|Intuitive Awareness||Ajahn Sumedho||Amaravati Publications|
|Emptying The Rose-Apple Seat||Aggamahapandita Bhadhanta Dr. Rewata Dhamma||A day-to-day guide to Buddhist meditation methods as taught by a renowned meditation master. Foreword by Joseph Goldstein||The Corporate Body of the Buddha Educational Foundation|
|Mindfulness: The Path to the Deathless||The Meditation Teaching of Venerable Ajahn Sumedho||Amaravati Publications|
|Mae Chee Kaew||Bhikkhu Silaratano||Her Journey to Spiritual Awakening & Enlightenment||Forest Dhamma Publications|
|One Love||Ajahn Jaysaro|
|For the Love of the World||Ajahn Amaro|
|This is the path||Ajahn Dtun|
|Venerable Acariya Mun Bhridatta Thera||A spiritual biography|
|Seeing the way||Disciples of Ajahn Chah||An anthology of transcribed talks and essays by Monks and Nuns of the Theravada forest sangha tradition|
|The diamond sutra and the heart sutra||Edward Conze|
|Mahasatipatthana Suttam||Vipassana Research Institute|
|Now is the knowing||Ajahn Sumedho|
|Peace is a simple step||Ajahn Sumedho|
|Gentling the bull – a spiritual journey||Myokyo-NI|
|Meditation – a way of awakening||Ajahn Sucitto|