The best books on Buddhist philosophy, meditation, and mindfulness

The Books I Picked & Why

Dhammapada: The Sayings of the Buddha

By Thomas Byrom

Dhammapada: The Sayings of the Buddha

Why this book?

Start with the beginning. The Dhammapada is the Buddhism inaugural book. In it are the words of the Buddha himself, teaching that all suffering stems from desire and that the way to attain freedom is to purify the heart and follow the way of truth. Very accessible, the words used in this ancient book capture the Buddha's original intuitions, thoughts, and teachings with great simplicity.


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The Diamond Sutra

By Red Pine

The Diamond Sutra

Why this book?

This book is told to be the offering of no mind, born of compassion for all suffering beings. The diamond Sūtra takes the form of a dialogue between the Buddha and his disciple Subhūti. The central theme of emptiness is a pillar in Buddhism. It relates to the non-existence of the bodhisattva's self (buddha‘s self), the merits, stages of spiritual progression, marks, and characteristics of a Buddha in the perspective of universal emptiness. It plays a particularly important role in meditative currents such as Zen.


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Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happines

By Chade-Meng Tan, Daniel Goleman, Jon Kabat-Zinn

Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happines

Why this book?

Using simple exercises that are perfectly adapted to our pace of life, it teaches us to meditate in mindfulness and to reap all the benefits: relaxation, sharpened concentration, development of creativity and empathy, building healthy and fruitful relationships. This book is an invaluable guide to reach our best potential in our professional and personal lives. And, best of all this author has a great sense of humor.


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The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness

By Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness

Why this book?

The author is a world-renowned Buddhist teacher. Using the basic meditation practices the author provides, the reader can discover paths through his problems, transforming obstacles into opportunities to recognize the unlimited potential of his own minds. The monk invites us to join him in unlocking the secrets to finding joy and contentment in the everyday life. The book offers an illuminating perspective on the art of meditation and is a handbook for transforming our minds, bodies, and lives.


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Qu'Est­Ce Que le Bouddhisme

By Jorge Luis Borges

Qu'Est­Ce Que le Bouddhisme

Why this book?

A book in French, but the conferences of the author on the topic can easily be found on the Internet. Jorge Luis Borges is a key figure of the universal literature. Known for his erudition he explains Buddhism as no-one before and manage to catch the Buddhism essence and deep principles to explain it simply to our occidental minds.


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