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Please find below a book list that Martin recommends to support your practice. We have provided links to Amazon to make it easy to find the books, if you purchase the book using this link you will pay the same amount but Martin will receive a small bonus for recommending the book. These books are also available from other booksellers.

Meditation Manuals

A Path with Heart

By Jack Kornfield. This has become a classic of the Vipassana / Insight meditation scene. Covers many areas of Dharma Teachings from an experiential, meditator’s point of view, and does so extremely well.

Breath by Breath

By Larry Rosenberg. A wonderful manual of breath-based awareness meditation, and commentary on the Anapanasati Sutta, one of the Buddha’s key meditation teachings.

Seeking the Heart of Wisdom

By Joseph Goldstein & Jack KornfieldAlso published as Insight Meditation or The experience of Insight. Joseph is the grand patriarch of western meditation teachers, and writes profoundly and clearly in these books, exploring the main tenets of the Buddha’s teachings on Dharma practice.

Seeing That Frees

by Rob Burbea. An in-depth exploration of Sunyata(emptiness) and Paticca Samupada (conditioned arising), offering both a pragmatic and profound look at the core insights and implications of deep meditation practice. A truly wonderful guide for the serious meditator.

The Miracle of Mindfulness

By Thich Naht Hanh. Distillation of Thich Naht Hanh’s teachings, with emphasis on developing and sustaining mindfulness, peace and joy. Beautifully and simply written.

A Gradual Awakening

By Stephen Levine. Clearly written exploration of the inner life, written with the deep care and compassion that Stephen Levine is so well known for.

Loving Kindness – The Revolutionary Art of Happiness

By Sharon Salzberg. This has become the definitive western book on metta. Inspiringly and honestly written, it looks both at metta as a meditation practice, and as a quality to cultivate throughout our lives, caring deeply for ourselves and others.

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

By Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. The Zen classic, giving profound and humorous teachings in true zen style.

Small Boat, Great Mountain*

By Ajahn Amaro. Excellent reflections of the non-dual teachings of Dzogchen, compared with and seen through the lens of Theravadan view.

Natural Great Perfection

By Nyoshul Khen Rimpoché. Excellent guide to Dzogchen teachings and practice, by one of the great modern Dzogchen masters.

Buddhist Teachings

Mindfulness

By Joseph Goldstein. Joseph goes through the Satipatthana Sutta, the Buddha’s most central teaching on the 4 areas of experience for meditative awareness and investigation, and in doing so, covers many of the central tenets of Buddha’s teachings.

Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree*

By Buddhadasa Bhikkhu. Profound teachings on emptiness, a distillation of the teachings of one of the great Theravadan masters of recent times.

A Still Forest Pool

By Ajahn Chah. A deeply clear, uncluttered and pragmatic book of teachings from Thailand’s other great master of the 20th Century.

Light on Enlightenment

By Christopher Titmuss. A clear overview of basic Buddhist teachings, in an accessible style and making clear the various ‘lists’ and groupings of which the Buddha was so fond.

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Buddhism without Beliefs and The Faith to Doubt

By Stephen Batchelor. These two wonderfully written books point to a vision and practice of Buddhism, free of dogmas and blind belief. Stephen is one of the most original and erudite of contemporary Buddhist writers.

One Dharma

By Joseph Goldstein. Brings together and contrasts teachings from various Buddhist traditions, in exploring the commonality of wisdom and compassion they share in both ideal and practice.

What the Buddha Taught

By Walpola Rahula. Covers the life and teachings of the Buddha with much reference to original texts. Gives a good flavour of the culture and style in which the Buddha lived, practised and taught.

Awakening The Buddha Within

By Lama Surya Das. A contemporary guide to the Buddha’s eightfold noble path, drawing on several Buddhist traditions, by a western teacher in the Tibetan Dzogchen tradition.

Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience

By Sharon Salzberg. A beautiful exploration of deepening our trust and confidence in ourselves and life

Daily Life Dharma

Ordinary Magic: Every day life as Spiritual Practice

Edited by John Welwood. An anthology of essays by various writers from the Buddhist and other traditions.

Pay attention, for Goodness’ Sake

By Sylvia Boorstein. Humorous, simple and heart- warming teachings from the Jewish grandmother of the Dharma scene.

Full Catastrophe Living

By Jon Kabat-Zin. A classic on working with pain and illness, written out of Jon’s experience forming the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program in U.S hospitals.

When Things Fall Apart: Heart advice for difficult times

By Pema Chodron. Based on Tibetan Dharma teachings, this book looks compassionately and deeply at dealing with times of emotional difficulty and pain.

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism*

By Chogyam Trungpa Rimpoché. A classic from the controversial, unorthodox and brilliant Tibetan teacher.

Every Day Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting

By Jon and Myla Kabat-Zinn. Down to earth guide to bringing Buddhist wisdom and practice into the busy and complex arena of family life.

Other Dharma

I Am That*

By Nisargadatta Maharaj. Non-dual teachings from the Indian Advaita tradition, in a series of questions and dialogues.

Who Dies?

By Stephen Levine. Working with death and dying, both in its actuality and in its contemplation as a spiritual practice.

Freedom from the Known

By J. Krishnamurti. Non-dogmatic, direct and uncompromising teachings on the Nature of life and the reality of human liberation.

The Way of Tenderness: Awakening through Race, Sexuality, and Gender

By Zenju Earthlyn Manuel. An important book exploring the painful and divisive history of social injustices through the lens of dharma practice. This book is not only about the author’s transformation, but serves as an essential exploration of these themes for any and every practitioner, regardless of your gender, race, orientation.

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