Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to Insight into the true nature of reality. The basic tenets of Buddhist teaching are straightforward and practical, nothing is fixed or permanent; actions have consequences; change is possible. And if you really want to open your mind then go through these amazing eye-popping books.
Real Happines, by renowned Buddhist teacher Sharon Salzberg, is a must-read for those interested in learning about the life-changing effects of starting a meditation practice.
‘Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind’
by Shunryu Suzuki presents a clear, relatable exploration of Zen practice, from breathing techniques to the concept of non-duality. The book explains the importance of “beginner’s mind,” starting off with the line: “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”
‘When Things Fall Apart’
Written by renowned Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön,When Things Fall Apart, offers wisdom for dealing with pain and life’s difficulties from a Buddhist perspective. Chödrön shows how we may cultivate compassion and courage through painful experiences.
It is a collection of essential Buddhist teachings and texts edited by Jean Smith. In addition to the texts, the book includes commentaries and interpretations from Buddhist leaders like the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh and Jack Kornfield.
Reb Anderson introduces the fundamental concepts of Zen Buddhism and explores its ten basic precepts, including not killing, not stealing and not lying. The book offers a new kind of ethics based in compassion.
‘The Poetry Of Zen‘
Translated and edited by Sam Hamill and J.P. Seaton, The Poetry Of Zen is a collection of Chinese and Japanese Zen poetry spanning from the tradition’s early days to the twentieth century.
‘After The Ecstasy, The Laundry’
American vipassana teacher Jack Kornfield explains the everyday realities of being on a spiritual path. The book draws heavily from Kornfield’s own Buddhist tradition, while also exploring wisdom from Christian, Jewish, Hindu and Sufi traditions.
By- Monalisa Gogoi