Summer Reading 2001

A few recommendations from...

Ralph Steele
Vipassana teacher and director of the Life Transition Institute,
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Living Dhamma
by Ajahn Chah
(Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery, 1992)

A spirited, open-hearted guide on the path.

Going on Being: Buddhism and the Way of Change:
A Positive
Psychology for the West
by Mark Epstein
(Broadway Books, 2001)

A meeting of the two worlds of dharma and psychotherapy.

The Wings to Awakening:
An Anthology from the Pali Canon

by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
(Buddha Dharma Education Association, 2000)

A scholarly treatment of the dharma, but very accessible to the beginner

Silent Rain

by Ajahn Amaro
(Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery)
An enjoyable insight into training the mind through the Theravada Forest tradition.

Sharon Salzberg
Co-founder of Insight Meditation Society,
Barre, Massachussetts

Freedom from Fear
by Aung San Suu Kyi
(Penguin Books, 1991)

Essays by and about one of the most courageous women of our times and her commitment to the Burmese people and their struggle for democracy.

Words Under the Words

by Naomi Shihab Nye
(Far Come Books, 1980)

A wonderful collection of poetry, both Iyncal and wise. Shihab Nye takes the ordinary things and evencs or our lives and makes them shine from within.

The Gun Runner's Daughter

by Neil Gordon
(Random House, 1998)

A fast-paced thriller, articulate and erudite, dealing with complex human Issues.

Noah Levine

Director, of the Family program,
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, California

Emotional Alchemy:
How the Mind Can Heal the Heart

by Tara Bennet-Goleman
(Harmony Books, 2001)

A step forward for all of us Buddhist practitioners in the field of psychotherapy.

Please Kill Me:
The Uncensored Oral History of Punk

by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
(Penguin, 1997)

America's most misunderstood pop movement, explained by some of its originators.


Thubten Chodron
Nun in the Tibetan tradition;
Dhan-na Friendship Foundation, Seattle, Washington

Mindfulness with Breathing
by Ajahn Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, translated by Santikaro Bhikku
(Wisdom Publications, 1996)

A clear, concise, and complete manual for meditation on the four foundations of mindfulness—an excellent method for getting to know ourselves and understanding how our body and mind function.

Meeting of Minds:
A Dialogue on Tibetan and Chinese Buddhism

by H.H. the Dalai Lama and Yen. Chan Master Sheng-yen
(Dharma Drum Publications, 1999)

A discussion between these two learned masters on the meaning of enlightenment in their respective traditions and the path to attain it.

The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment

by Tsong-kha-pa
(Snow Lion Publications, 2001)

I look forward to delving into the lam Rim material, which I've studied for years, vvirh the help of this long-awaited translation of Tsong-kha-pa's classic text.

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