A Brief Selection of Readings on Buddhism and Buddhist Meditation

readings

* indicates good introductory text    

Teachings of the Buddha

* Jack Kornfield (Ed.), Teachings of the Buddha
* The Dhammapada (many editions)
  Bhikkhu Nanamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi (Ed.,Trans.), The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: A New Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya
  Maurice Walshe (Ed., Trans.) Thus Have I Heard: The Long Discourses of the Buddha
* Walpola Rahula, What the Buddha Taught
  Nyanaponika Thera, The Heart of Buddhist Meditation
  Analayo, Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization

Later Buddhist Texts

  Bhikkhu Bodhi (Ed.), A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidharma
  Buddhaghosa, The Path of Purification
  The Diamond Sutra (many translations)
  Stephen Batchelor, Verses from the Center (essay, translation of the main work of Nagarjuna)
  Shantideva, A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life (several translations)

Overview and History of Buddhism

  Edward Conze, A Short History of Buddhism
* Peter Harvey, An Introduction to Buddhism
  Richard Robinson and Willard Johnson, The Buddhist Religion
  Sangharakshita, A Survey of Buddhism
  Paul Williams, Mahayana Buddhism

Ethics

  Robert Aitken, The Mind of Clover: Essays in Zen Buddhist Ethics
  H.H. Dalai Lama, Ethics for the New Millennium
* Thich Nhat Hanh, For a Future to be Possible: Commentaries on the Five Wonderful Precepts
  H. Sadhatissa, Buddhist Ethics

Insight Meditation

* Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield, Seeking the Heart of Wisdom: The Path of Insight Meditation
* Joseph Goldstein, The Experience of Insight: A Gradual Unfolding
* Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart
  Jack Kornfield, Living Buddhist Masters
  Larry Rosenberg, Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation
* Sylvia Boorstein, It's Easier Than You Think
  Christopher Titmuss, Light on Enlightenment
* Thich Nhat Hanh, The Miracle of Mindfulness
  Jack Kornfield and Paul Breiter, A Still Forest Pool: The Insight Meditation of Achaan Chah
  Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree: The Buddha's Teaching on Voidness
  Ajahn Sumedho, The Way It Is

Lovingkindness and Compassion Practices

  Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha
* Jack Kornfield, The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace
* Sharon Salzberg, Lovingkindness
  B. Alan Wallace, Boundless Heart: The Four Immeasurables [Tibetan perspectives]

Zen Tradition

  Kazuaki Tanahashi (Ed.), Moon in a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen
  Robert Aitken, The Practice of Perfection: The Paramitas from a Zen Buddhist Perspective
* Joko Beck, Everyday Zen
  Ryokan, One Robe, One Bowl
* Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

Tibetan Tradition

  Stephen Batchelor (Ed.), The Jewel in the Lotus: A Guide to the Buddhist Traditions of Tibet
  Pabongka Rinpoche, Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand: A Concise Discourse on the Path to Enlightenment
* H.H. Dalai Lama, Kindness, Clarity, and Insight; A Policy of Kindness
* Pema Chodron, Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living (on the lojong—"mind training"—teachings and tonglen); also When Things Fall Apart; The Places That Scare You
  Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Cutting through Spiritual Materialism; The Sacred Path of the Warrior; Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness (on the lojong teachings)
  Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, Natural Great Perfection (Dzogchen)
  Sogyal Rinpoche, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
* Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Carefree Dignity; also Fearless Simplicity (Dzogchen)
  Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Rainbow Painting (Dzogchen)
  Erik Pema Kunsang and Marcia Binder Schmidt (Eds.), Blazing Splendor: The Memoirs of the Dzogchen Yogi Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

Socially Engaged Buddhism

* Fred Eppsteiner (Ed.), The Path of Compassion: Writings on Socially Engaged Buddhism
* Bernie Glassman, Bearing Witness: A Zen Master's Lessons in Making Peace
* Ken Jones, The New Social Face of Buddhism: A Call to Action
  Chan Khong, Learning True Love: How I Learned and Practiced Social Change in Vietnam
  David Loy, The Great Awakening: A Buddhist Social Theory
  Joanna Macy, World as Lover, World as Self
  Joanna Macy and Molly Brown, Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World
  Thich Nhat Hanh, Being Peace; Love in Action: Writings on Nonviolent Social Change; Call Me by My True Names (poems)
  Christopher Queen (Ed.), Engaged Buddhism in the West
  Christopher Queen and Sallie King (Eds.), Engaged Buddhism: Buddhist Liberation Movements in Asia
* Donald Rothberg, The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World
  Gary Snyder, Practice of the Wild

Buddhism in the West

  Stephen Batchelor, The Awakening of the West; Buddhism without Beliefs; The Faith to Doubt
  Sandy Boucher, Turning the Wheel: American Women Creating the New Buddhism
* Rick Fields, How the Swans Came to the Lake
  Rita Gross, Buddhism after Patriarchy: A Feminist History, Analysis, and Reconstruction of Buddhism
  Stephen Levine, Who Dies?; Healing into Life and Death; A Year to Live
  Rodney Smith, Lessons from the Dying

Buddhism and Western Psychology

  Harvey Aronson, Buddhist Practice on Western Ground: Reconciling Eastern Ideals & Western Psychology
  Tara Bennett-Goleman, Emotional Alchemy: How the Mind Can Heal the Heart
  Mark Epstein, Thoughts without a Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective
  Daniel Goleman, Destructive Emotions: How Can We Overcome Them?
  Jeremy Safran, Psychoanalysis and Buddhism: An Unfolding Dialogue
  John Tarrant, The Light inside the Dark: Zen, Soul, and the Spiritual Life
  John Welwood, Toward a Psychology of Awakening

Resources on Socially Engaged Buddhism