The best books on mindfulness, inner peace, and serenity

The Books I Picked & Why

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

By James Clear

Book cover of Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

Why this book?

If Buddhist Boot Camp answers the question why it’s beneficial to live a mindful life, then Atomic Habits more specifically tells us how to start. This book offers practical, applicable, and easy ways to implement changes in our lives in order to get the most out of every moment with one small change at a time.


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Meditation: A Simple Eight-Point Program for Translating Spiritual Ideals into Daily Life

By Eknath Easwaran

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Why this book?

This is the very first book that started my personal journey into meditation and mindfulness back in high school. Every page in this wonderful book reads like gentle guidance from an old, wise, and sometimes funny man, sharing stories and practical tools to end the suffering we cause to ourselves.


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The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

By Michael A. Singer

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Why this book?

I tend to be literal, logical, and cerebral. The Untethered Soul explains spirituality in a way that resonates with me in a way that traditional scripture does not. If you are open to it, this book will shift the way you think, and it will turn your world upside-down (in a good way). It offers plenty of food for thought in each paragraph. 


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Jonathan Livingston Seagull

By Richard Bach

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Why this book?

I wish I had read this book when I was younger, back when I was foolishly trying desperately to “fit in”. So, now I recommend everyone read Jonathan Livingston Seagull (especially teenagers) because we all need reminders not to follow the masses (because the “m” is sometimes silent). This book is a celebration of trailblazing, living your own truth without excuses, and experiencing true liberation.


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Living Buddha, Living Christ

By Thich Nhat Hanh

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Why this book?

There is a misconception that reading Buddhist scripture would somehow steer the reader away from God, but given the chance, it does exactly the opposite, actually strengthening the reader's existing faith (whatever it may be). Many of the people who attend my public talks, discussions, and Q&A’s, jokingly refer to themselves as “Recovering Catholics” in search of deeper meaning, and this book beautifully bridges the gap between traditions, highlighting how compatible the two practices can be with one another.  


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