• 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.

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On Having No Head (Douglas E. Harding)

On Having No HeadFull Title: On Having No Head: Zen and the Rediscovery of the Obvious
Major Topic: Direct awareness, experience without conception or projection.
Level: all levels

Douglas Harding’s offbeat approach works wonderfully. Do the exercises. You may find one or more become methods of practice for you.


Wake Up To Your Life (Ken McLeod)

Wake Up To Your LifeFull Title: Wake Up To Your Life: Discovering the Buddhist Path of Attention
Major Topic: how to practice Buddhism
Level: all levels

A comprehensive manual, almost an encyclopedia, of practice methods, starting with basic meditation and ending with the experience of no separation. The methods are derived principally from the Tibetan tradition of Buddhism. The commentary is likely useful to practitioners in all traditions. The content is presented free of the cultural influences of Asian traditions and is eminently accessible to Western practitioners.

See Unfettered Mind website for suggestions on how to use it.

Tibetan Book of Living and Dying (Sogyal Rinpoche)

Tibetan Book of Living and DyingFull Title: Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
Major Topic: Death
Level: experienced and advanced

Comprehensive book on traditional Tibetan Buddhism written in contemporary language. The language here is totally mythic. Do not take this book literally.

Mindfulness in Plain English (Bhante Henepola Gunaratana)

Mindfulness in Plain EnglishFull Title: Mindfulness in Plain English: Updated and Expanded Edition
Major Topic: Mindfulness
Level: all levels

Simple, clear explanation of how to approach meditation and the practice of mindfulness. A good way to clear up misconceptions about mindfulness and meditation and keep your practice on track.

Being Peace (Thich Nhat Hanh)

Being PeaceFull Title: Being Peace
Major Topic: Using mindulness as a basis for peace in our lives and how this natuallly leads to empathy and compassion.
Level: all levels

Thich Naht Hanh has a rare skill to use simple English language to illuminate many aspects of Buddhist practice; highly accessible. Read and enjoy. Thich Naht Hanh’s wisdom slips in quietly, without you noticing.