Silas Day’s Booklist

This is an incomplete list of books for people of any skill level. I have found these handy in expanding my horizons both philosophically and in meditation practice.

Keep an eye out for book reviews that will dig deeper into individual books.

Beginner

  • Zen Mind Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
  • The Book by Alan Watts
  • Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
  • Way of Zen by Alan Watts
  • Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana
  • Direct Pointing To Reality by Anne Bancroft
  • Buddhism Plain & Simple by Steve Hagen
  • Zen For Americans by D.T. Suzuki
  • Zen Bridge by Keido Fukushima
  • Effortless Living by Jason Gregory
  • Advice Not Given by Mark Epstein
  • The Art of Happiness by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • The Noble Eightfold Path by Bhikku Bodhi
  • Living Buddha Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Dhammapada
  • Huston Smith’s: The World’s Religions
  • You Are Here by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Being Nobody, Going Nowhere by Ayya Khema
  • 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson
  • Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics by Dan Harris
  • Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Diamond Mind and the Psychology of Meditation by Rob Nairn
  • Seeds by Thomas Merton
  • What is Zen? by Norman Fischer
  • True Love by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Grist for the Mill by Ram Dass
  • Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
  • Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff
  • Psychotherapy East and West by Alan Watts
  • Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan Watts
  • A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield
  • Practical Insight Meditation by Mahasi Sayadaw
  • Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa
  • Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom by Joseph Goldstein
  • The Path Is the Goal: A Basic Handbook of Buddhist Meditation by Chogyam Trungpa
  • The Path of Serenity and Insight by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
  • Teachings of Ramana Maharshi

Adept

  • The Essential Dogen: Writings of the Great Zen Master
  • Being-Time: A Guide to Shobogenzo by Shinshu Roberts
  • The Middle Way by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • What is Sangha? by Sangharakshita
  • Stilling the Mind by Alan Wallace
  • Fathoming the Mind by Alan Wallace
  • The Life of Milarepa
  • The Science of Self Realization by A. C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
  • Upanishads
  • Bhagavadgita
  • Narrow Road to the Interior by Matsuo Bashō
  • The Tantra Tradition by Agehananda Bharati
  • The Ramayana
  • The Gospel According to Zen
  • Hoofprints of the Ox by Sheng Yen
  • Buddhist Wisdom Books: Containing the Diamond and the Heart Sutra
  • Garden Chrysanthemums and First Mountain Snow by Ian Haight
  • The Tibetan Yoga of Dreams and Sleep by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
  • A Flower Does Not Talk by Zenkei Shibayam
  • Mudra by Chogam Trungpa
  • The Art of Living Vipassana Meditation as Taught by S.N. Goenka by William Hart
  • The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Tibetan Book of the Dead translated by Robert A.F. Thurman
  • Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche
  • Ponder On This by Alice Bailey
  • The Mind Illuminated by John Yates
  • Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha: An Unusually Hardcore Dharma Book by Daniel Ingram
  • After the Ecstasy, the Laundry by Jack Kornfield
  • In This Very Life by Sayadaw U. Pandita
  • Indestructible Truth by Reginald A. Ray
  • Secret of the Vajra World by Reginald A. Ray
  • Living Dharma edited by Jack Kornfield
  • The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha translated by Bikkhu Nanamoli and Bikkhu Bodhi
  • Path to Deliverance by Nyanatiloka
  • The Path of Serenity and Insight by Henepola Gunaratana
  • Insight Meditation: Practical Steps to Ultimate Truth by Achan Sobin S. Namto
  • A Still Forest Pool: The Insight Meditation of Achaan Chah compiled and edited by Jack Kornfield and Paul Breiter
  • The Progress of Insight by Mahasi Sayadaw
  • Psychology and Alchemy: the Collected Works of C.G. Jung
  • Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition by Frances A. Yates
  • Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand: A Concise Discourse on the Path to Enlightenment by Pabongka Rinpoche
  • Clarifying the Natural State: A Principal Guidance Manual for Mahamudra by Dakpo Tashi Namgyal
  • Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness (Shambhala Library) by Chogyam Trungpa
  • Natural Liberation: Padmasambhava’s Teachings on the Six Bardos by Padmasambhava
  • Right Concentration: A Practical Guide to the Jhanas by Leigh Brasington
  • Avadhuta Gita

Advanced

  • The Land Of Bliss/Sukhavativyuha Sutra
  • The Platform Sutra
  • Shobogenzo by Dogen
  • Mumonkan
  • The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way/Mulamadhyamakakarika by Nagarjuna
  • The Vajra Essence by Dudjom Lingpa
  • The Lotus Sutra by Gene Reeves
  • Naked Awareness by Gyatrul Rinpoche
  • Practical Ethics and Profound Emptiness by Khensur Jampa Tegchok and Thubten Chodron
  • Bodhicaryavatara Shantideva
  • In the Light of Self: Adi Shankara and the Yoga of Non-Dualism
  • The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali translated by Chip Hartranft
  • Zen Comments on Mumonkan by Zenkei Shibayama
  • Zen and the Brain by James H. Austin
  • Wisdom Wide and Deep: A Practical Handbook for Mastering Jhana and Vipassana by Shaila Catherine
  • The Path of Purification (Visuddhimagga) translated by Bhikkhu Ñanamoli
  • The Path of Freedom (Vimuttimagga) translated by Rev. N.R.M. Ehara, Soma Thera and Kheminda Thera
  • Buddhist Meditation in Theory and Practice by Paravahera Vajirana Mahathera
  • Moon In a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen
  • Light of Wisdom, Vol. 1 by Padmasambhava
  • Light of Wisdom, Volume II: A Collection of Padmasambhava’s Advice to the Dakini Yeshe Togyal and Other Close Disciples
  • Light of Wisdom, Volume III: Teachings on the Secret Empowerment by Padmasambhava
  • Finding Rest in the Nature of the Mind: Trilogy of Rest, Volume 1-3 by Longchenpa
  • Buddhahood without Meditation (Dudjom Lingpa’s Visions of the Great Perfection) by Dudjom Lingpa
  • Heart of the Great Perfection: Dudjom Lingpa’s Visions of the Great Perfection
  • A Spacious Path to Freedom: Practical Instructions on the Union of Mahamudra and Atiyoga by Karma Chagme

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