• 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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Peacock in the Poison Grove (Sopa Geshe Lhundub)

Peacock in the Poison GroveFull Title: Peacock in the Poison Grove: Two Buddhist Texts on Training the Mind
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Translations of and commentaries on two Kadampa texts, the Wheel-Weapon and the Poison-Destroying Peacock. Mind training involves cultivating a way of approaching and experiencing life that rubs against our ordinary self-centered attitudes. The key point here is to experience the friction, the tension between what is being presented and how we ordinarily view things. When we hold the two together, we see things differently and new possibilities open, internally and externally.

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.

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Great Path of Awakening (Jamgon Kongtrul & Ken McLeod)

Great Path of AwakeningFull Title: Great Path of Awakening: The Classic Guide to Lojong, a Tibetan Buddhist Practice for Cultivating the Heart of Compassion
Major Topic: mind training, taking and sending, lojong, tonglen
Level: middle and experienced

Mind training in the seven points is probably the most widely known mind training instruction. Kongtrul provides clear, authoritative commentary for the root text.. This is a practice manual. Study the fundamentals and let the richness of the teachings unfold in your practice..

Wisdom of No Escape (Pema Chodron)

Wisdom of No EscapeFull Title: Wisdom of No Escape: and the Path of Lovingkindness
Major Topic: Mind training
Level: all levels

Pema Chödron’s warm, folksy, but solid presentations of mind training (lojong) methods and how to apply them in one’s life. A good and very accessible introduction to these practices.