Resources: Books, Articles, and Videos

Here is a list of books/videos that I have enjoyed and have benefitted from. Some, but not all, are from Upasaka Culadasa’s recommended booklist where he also gives a great commentary on them HERE.

On Meditation:

The Mind Illuminated, John Yates (Upasaka Culadasa)

Compassion and Emptiness in Early Buddhist Meditation, Analayo

Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Lama Shenpen Hookham - translator

The Science of Enlightenment, Shinzen Young

Stages of Meditation, The Dalai Lama

Genuine Happiness, Alan Wallace

The Attention Revolution, Alan Wallace

On the Jhānas:

Right Concentration: A Practical Guide to the Jhānas, Leigh Brasington

Focused and Fearless, Shaile Catherine

Practicing the Jhanas: Traditional Concentration Meditation as Presented by the Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw, Snyder, Stephen

On the Brahmaviharas:

The Four Faces of Love: The Brahma Viharas, Gil Fronsdal

The Four Sublime States: Contemplations on Love, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy and Equanimity, Nyanaponika Thera

Head & Heart Together: Bringing Wisdom to the Brahma-viharas, Thanissaro Bhikkhu

The Four Immeasurables, Alan Wallace

On Awakening:

After the Ecstasy, the Laundry, Jack Kornfield

Four Stages of Enlightenment, Wikipedia

Enlightenment, Upasaka Culadasa

On the Buddha and Buddhism:

Buddha, Karen Armstrong

The Foundations of Buddhism, Rupert Gethin

What the Buddha Taught, Walpola Rahula

Hoofprint of the Ox: Principles of the Chan Buddhist Path as Taught by a Modern Chinese Master, Sheng-Yen

Handbook for Mankind, Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

Confession of a Buddhist Atheist, Stephen Batchelor

Buddhism without Beliefs, Stephen Batchelor

the Wings to Awakening, Thanissaro Bhikkhu

The Dhammapada, Eknath Easwaran

Essence of the Heart Sutra, The Dalai Lama

Hua-yen Buddhism: The Jewel Net of Indra, Francis H. Cook

Anatta and Rebirth, Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

Nama Rupa, Ajahn Brahm

On Contemporary Brain Science:

The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World, Ian McGilchrist

Your Brain as Laboratory: The Science of Meditation, The idea that meditation is actually a form of research is gaining respect, John Yates (Culadasa)

On Meditation Posture:

Posture-Pedia, Stephanie Nash

On Meditation Philosophy Related Subjects:

Trying Not To Try: Ancient China, Modern Science and the Power of Spontaneity, Edward Slingerland

Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory, Joanna Macy

Suttas

Kalama Sutta: To the Kalamas, translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Upaddha Sutta: Half (of the Holy Life), translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Ani Sutta: The Peg, translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikku

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