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Recommended Readings


Jon Kabat-Zinn
Founder of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program

Full Catastrophe Living

Documents the 8 week MBSR program and serves as a textbook for the course.

Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life
(10th Anniversary Edition 2005)

Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness
(Paperback available Jan. 2006)

Both are warm, accessible, and personable.

Saki Santorelli
Current Director of the Center for Mindfulness

Heal Thyself: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine

Also warm, accessible, and personable.


Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression
Segal, Williams, and Teasdale (2001)

A program designed by researchers using mindfulness in conjunction with cognitive behavioral therapy for preventing relapse after major episodes of depression.

Peaceful Mind: Using Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Psychology to Overcome Depression
McQuaid, Carmona, Segal (2004)

A practical and user friendly approach to the above.

Thoughts Without a Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective
Mark Epstein (1996)

A very thoughtful inquiry that is also quite applicable to daily life and helpful with oneís own practice.

Mindfulness and Psychotherapy
Germer, Siegel, & Fulton (2005)

Recent essays by a number of authors; good overview.

Psychoanalysis and Buddhism
Jeremy Safran, Editor (2003)

Essays, commentaries, and responses; for those interested in more depth.


Joseph Goldstein
Vipassana/Theravada Buddhism

Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom

The Experience of Insight
(Reissued 1987)

One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism

Seeking the Heart of Wisdom: The Path of Insight Meditation
(With Jack Kornfield, 1987)

Insight Meditation: An In-depth Correspondence Course
(With Sharon Salzberg, Unabridged Edition, 2004)

A founding teacher of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, Joseph Goldsteinís writings are exceptionally clear, straightforward, and helpful. If you don't have a personal relationship with a teacher, Joseph Goldstein's books and the CDs in the correspondence course provide valuable guidance for practicing on your own.

Pema Chodron

The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

The Wisdom of No Escape: And the Path of Loving-Kindness

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

Start Where you Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living

Pema Chodron writes in a very down to earth, no-nonsense fashion about applying mindfulness to our everyday habits of mind and daily living. Her writings are particularly clear for working with difficult emotions and habitual negative patterns of behavior in relationships of all kinds. Shambhala publishes many books by Pema Choedron, of which these are a few personal favorites that I find especially helpful at times of inner struggle.

Thich Nhat Hanh
Vietnamese Zen

Being Peace
(3rd Edition, 2005)

Call Me By My True Names: Collected Poems of Thich Nhat Hanh

(3rd Edition, 2005)

Thich Nhat Hanh writes in a beautiful and gentle fashion. Parallax Press has a long list of titles by Thich Nhat Hanh, these are simply three of my favorites from the many choices. T he first is about practice, the second inspiration, and the third social responsibility.

Shunryu Suzuki Roshi
Japanese Zen

Zen Mind, Beginnerís Mind
A classic; enigmatic and insightful.


What the Buddha Taught
Walpola Rahula (1959)

An excellent introduction to the ideas of Theravada Buddhism.

The Best Buddhist Writing

An annual collection from the Editors of Shambhala Sun.

NATURE WRITING with a Mindful/Spiritual Approach

The Snow Leopard
Peter Matthiessen (Reprinted 1987)

A classic.

The Island Within
Richard Nelson (1991)

Simply lovely.


The Light Inside the Dark
John Tarrant (1998)

A lyrical presentation of the heights and depths of spiritual growth from a Zen teacher.

Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki
David Chadwick (2000)

A sensitive, nuanced, and fascinating biography of Shunryu Suzuki from a long time student.

Ethics for the New Millenium
H.H. the Dalai Lama (Reissued 2001)

One of his best, and written by him rather than transcribed or compiled from his teachings.

Grace and Grit
Ken Wilber (2nd Edition 2001)

A deeply powerful and honest account of living, loving, and dying by committed practitioners.

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
Sogyal Rinpoche (reprinted, 1994)

An accessible, practical version of Tibetan beliefs about death.

Shoes Outside the Door: Desire, Devotion, and Excess at the San Francisco Zen Center
Michael Downing (2002)

Though some find his writing style tedious, this is a fascinating perspective on a major Western Buddhist scandal and an important reminder that most teachers are also human and fallible.

INSPIRATIONAL POETRY with a Mindful Approach

From the Awareness and Relaxation Training website:

Poetry for Transformation

From the Calgary MBSR Interest Group website:

Mindfulness Poetry

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