• 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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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.

Breath by Breath (Larry Rosenberg)

Breath by BreathFull Title: Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation
Major Topic: Using the breath as a basis for mindfulness.
Level: all levels

Contemporary commentary of one of the fundamental sutras of Buddhism–The Full Awareness of Breathing Sutra. This and the Foundations of Mindfulness Sutra are the basic practice texts of both Zen and Theravada Buddhism.. Best to spend some time with each practice as you read it..

Faith (Sharon Salzberg)

FaithFull Title: Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience
Major Topic: faith, differenitated from belief
Level: all levels

Sharon’s personal and heartfelt exploration eloquently distinguishes between faith and belief. Sharon wrote this for those who experience despair. That may be a good time to read it.