• About This Booklist

    People often ask me for guidance about books to read, particularly those that would enhance the curriculum outlined in Wake Up To Your Life.

    I will post new titles each week, along with brief comments outlining the main topic, level of practice for which it is appropriate, and how you might use the book. Each entry is also categorized according to the chapter of Wake Up To Your Life it might relate to.

    If you are familiar with a given title and have something to say about it, please add your comments as they will help other viewers find books that will be helpful to them.
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13 Responses

  1. When I first encountered it many years ago I found Chogyam Trungpa’s “Sacred Path of the Warrior” a powerful articulation of the principle that the essence of courage is vulnerability. It seems like it would be a worthwhile addition to this already fine list.

  2. THE MAJESTY OF YOUR LOVING: A Couple’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s by Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle is an inspiring and compelling memoir that follows the journey of Olivia and her husband Hob’s diagnosis and ultimate decline from Alzheimer’s disease. Infused with the wisdom they both shared from years of Buddhist practice and study, Olivia’s powerful account provides those dealing with diminishment of any kind a tender and peaceful refuge. Jon Kabat-Zinn wrote the foreword, and several renowned Buddhist teachers and authors have endorsed the book–Peter Matthiessen, Jack Kornfield, and Joan Borysenko, amongst others. I believe it would be a great addition to your list!

  3. “A Buddhist Response to The Climate Emergency”
    Edited by John Stanley, Ph.D., David R. Loy, Ph.D. and Gyurme Dorje, Ph.D.

    Matthieu Ricard, excerpt from: The Future Doesn’t Hurt…Yet

    Unchecked consumerism operates on the premise that others are only instruments to be used and that the environment is a commodity. This attitude fosters unhappiness, selfishness, and contempt. On the other hand, the Buddhist view that all sentient beings are endowed with buddha nature, and the universe in which they live is a buddha-field, shapes a culture of harmony and contentment.

    People usually only consider changing their way of living when they are forced to do so by circumstances, not by rational and altruistic thinking. But in the case of climate change, once the dramatic events have occurred, and people become motivated to change things, it will be too late.

  4. Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

  5. I noticed that many of the titles have not been categorized by level and that many or most of those with categories seem to be suitable either for experienced/advanced people or for all levels. I hope you will add the level info to the titles that are lacking this. I’m particularly interested in finding titles suitable for those of us who are new to meditation and Buddhism

  6. I have just finished reading a delightful book on zen called The Langauge of Zen; Heart Speaking to Heart by Richard Burnett Carter.

    It is full of poetry and elegance without being pretentious. It is the heart of zen and I recommend it highly.

    Here’s a link:

    http://www.amazon.com/Language-Zen-Heart-Speaking/dp/1402747012/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1268104192&sr=8-1

  7. How about including Stephen Batchelor’s new book, “Confession of a Buddhist Atheist”?

  8. “What the Buddha Taught” by Walpola Rahula.

    I’ve found this book very helpful in clarifying all of Buddhism’s core concepts – The Four Noble Truths, The Noble 8-fold Path and other cornerstones of the tradition lucidly and concisely explained.

  9. I would like to suggest the site http://www.holybooks.com. It has a huge number of public domain ebooks in PDF-format, many on Buddhism.

  10. Consequences of Compassion: An Interpretation and Defense of Buddhist Ethics

    by Charles Goodman

  11. “A Complete Guide to the Buddhist Path”
    Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen

    http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Guide-Buddhist-Path/dp/1559393424

  12. Karen Armstrong
    Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

  13. subscribing, thank you 🙂

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