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Tsultrim Allione. WOMEN OF WISDOM, 1984. Routledge & Kegan Paul.

Egerton C. Baptist, NIBANNA OR THE KINGDOM. Christianity considered in a Buddhist light.




Bhikkhu Bodhi. ALL EMBRACING NET OF VIEWS. Translation and study of the Brahmajala Sutta and its commentary from the Pali Canon.

Bhikkhu Bodhi. ROOT OF EXISTENCE. Translation and study of Mulapariyaya Sutta and its commentary from the Pali Canon.

Bhikkhu Bodhi. THE NOBLE EIGHTFOLD PATH. A concise, clear, and thorough account of the eightfold path, explaining each path-factor from the angle both of theory and practice, with a final chapter on the unity of the Buddhist path and how it culminates in enlightenment.

Bhikkhu Bodhi. A COMPREHENSIVE MANUAL OF ABHIDHAMMA. This is an all-new, greatly expanded edition of the classical introduction to the study of the Abhidhamma, the Buddhist Philosophy (psychology) of mind and mental processes.

Bhikkhu Nanamoli & Bhikkhu Bodhi. THE MIDDLE LENGTH DISCOURSES OF THE BUDDHA. A collection of 152 discourses from the Buddha, many among the most important in the Pali canon.

Bhikkhu Bodhi. THE GREAT DISCOURSE ON CAUSATION. The Mahanidana Sutta and its commentaries, an extremely important Sutta on the arising of phenomena.

Sylvia Boorstein. IT'S EASIER THAN YOU THINK. Harper Collins.

Sandy Boucher. TURNING THE WHEEL, American Women Creating the New Buddhism, 1993. Beacon Press.

Ajahn Buddhadasa. HEARTWOOD OF THE BODHI TREE. The Buddha's teaching on emptiness.

Achaan Chah. A STILL FOREST POOL. Selections from the teaching of Ven. Achaan Chah.

Achaan Chah. A TASTE OF FREEDOM. A collection of eight talks, spoken in a simple and natural style.

Bhikshuni Ane Pema Chodron, Ruth Denison, et. al. Primary Point Press. A GATHERING OF SPIRIT, Women Teaching in American Buddhism, 1992.

Thubten Chodron. OPEN HEART, CLEAR MIND, 1990. Snow Lion Publications.

Dhammananda, K. THE DHAMMAPADA. With illustrations. a translation of the most revered Pali compilation of the Buddha's teachings.

Marianne Dresser (ed.). BUDDHIST WOMEN ON THE EDGE: Contemporary Perspectives from the Western Frontier,1996. North Atlantic Books.


Christina Feldman. WOMAN AWAKE: A CELEBRATION OF WOMEN'S WISDOM, 1989. Penguin Books Ltd.

Christina Feldman. THE QUEST OF THE WARRIOR WOMAN: Women as Mystics, Healers, Guides. Harper.Christina Feldman and Jack Kornfield (eds).

Christina Feldman. SOUL FOOD: Stories of the Spirit, Stories of the Heart,1991. Harper Collins.

Joseph Goldstein. THE EXPERIENCE OF INSIGHT, 1987. Shambala Publications.

Joseph Goldstein & Jack Kornfleld. SEEKING THE HEART OF WISDOM, 1987. Shambala Publications.

Joseph Goldstein. ONE DHARMA: THE EMERGING WESTERN BUDDHISM, 2002. Wisdom Publications.

Rita Gross. BUDDHISM AFTER PATRIARCHY: A Feminist History, Analysis, and Reconstruction of Buddhism, 1993. State University of New York Press.

Venerable Henepola Gunaratana. THE JHANAS IN THERAVADA BUDDHIST MEDITATION. A short version of his treatise on high levels of meditative attainment distinguished by powerful concentration and purity of mind.

Venerable Henepola Gunaratana. THE PATH OF SERENITY AND INSIGHT. A scholarly study on Buddhist jhanas, the exalted states of higher concentration.

Venerable Henepola Gunaratana. MINDFULNESS IN PLAIN ENGLISH, 1991. A wonderfully clear and straight forward explanation of mindfulness meditation ( vipassana, insight meditation ).

William Hart. THE ART OF LIVING. Vipassana meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka.

John Ireland. Bhikkhu Nanananda M.,& M.O.C. Walshe. AMYU'TTA NIKAYA. An anthology.

John Ireland. THE ITIVUTTAKA. The Buddha's sayings - a collection of 114 short suttas preserved by a slave-woman, declared by the Buddha as his most learned woman lay disciple.

John Ireland. THE UDANA: INSPIRED UTTERANCES OF THE BUDDHA.The Udana is a compilation of 80 short suttas each expressing the Buddha's joyful insight into the deep significance of apparently simple events.

Jayasuriya, W. THE PSYCHOLOGY AND PHILOSOPY OF BUDDHISM. Introduction to Theravada Abhidhamma (Buddhist Psychology).

Nelly Kaufer and Carol Osmer-Newhouse. A WOMAN'S GUIDE TO SPIRITUAL RENEWAL. Harper Collins.

Bhikkhu Khantipalo. BUDDHA, MY REFUGE. A portrait of the Buddha based on the Pali Suttas.

Bhikkhu Khantipalo. BANNER OF THE ARAHANTS. Engrossing story of the Sangha, the order of Buddhist monks and nuns from the Buddha's time to the present.

Sister Ayya Khema. BEING NOBODY, GOING NOWHERE, 1987. Meditations on the Buddhist path and living compassion. Wisdom Publications.

Sister Ayya Khema. WHEN THE IRON EAGLE FLIES: BUDDHISM FOR THE WEST, 1991. Penguin Books.

Anne Carolyn Klein. MEETING THE GREAT BLISS QUEEN: Buddhists, Feminists, and the Art of the Self. Beacon Press.


Jack Kornfield. LIVING BUDDHIST MASTERS. This is one of the most valuable books in print on Theravada Buddhist practice and its meditation masters.

Steven Levine. A GRADUAL AWAKENING, 1979. Anchor Books.

Joanna Macy. WORLD AS LOVER, WORLD AS SELF, 1991. Parallax Press.

Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw. PRACTICAL INSIGHT MEDITATION. A Burmese meditation master's instructions on basic meditation practice.

Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw. THE PROGRESS OF INSIGHT. An account of the progressive stages of insight meditation.

Susan Murcott. THE FIRST BUDDHIST WOMEN: Translations and Commentary on the Therigatha, 1991. Parallax Pres.

Bhikkhu Nanamoli. THE LIFE OF THE BUDDHA. As it appears in the Pali Canon.

Bhikkhu Nanamoli. THE PATH OF PURIFICATION (VISUDDHIMAGGA). Ven. Buddhaghosa's great work on Theravada doctrine and meditation, an encyclopedic work.

Bhikkhu Nanamoli. MINDFULNESS OF BREATHING. Suttas and commentaries on mindfulness of breathing, collected and translated.


Bhikkhu Nanananda. CONCEPT AND REALITY IN EARLY BUDDHIST THOUGHT. Engrossing philosophical examination of "mental proliferation".

Bhikkhu Nanananda. THE MAGIC OF THE MIND. An exploration of the Kalakarama Sutta, on the illusory nature of the mind.

Narada Maha Thera. THE BUDDHA AND HIS TEACHINGS. A popular, readable account of the life and doctrine of the Buddha, by the eminent Sri Lankan monk.

Narada Maha Thera. THE DHAMMAPADA. A careful translation with original text, notes and stories.

Narada Maha Thera. A MANUAL OF ABHIDHAMMA. Translation and detailed explanation of the Abhidhammattha Sangaha (higher philosophy), a basic Theravada Abhidhamma text.

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. I AM THAT.

Matara Sri Nanarama Maha Thera. THE SEVEN STAGES OF PURIFICATION AND THE INSIGHT KNOWLEDGES. A guide to the progressive stages of Buddhist meditation for those who have taken up the practice in full earnestness.

Nyanaponika Maha Thera. ANGUTTARA NIKAYA. An anthology.

Nyanaponika Maha Thera. ABHIDHAMMA STUDIES. Research into Buddhist psychology; a probing examination of the principles of the Abhidhamma.

Nyanaponika Maha Thera. THE VISION OF DHAMMA. These writings offer one of the most mature, comprehensive and authoritative expressions of Buddhism by a contemporary western monk.

Nyanaponika Maha Thera. THE HEART OF BUDDHIST MEDITATION. A classic introduction to the practice of mindfulness meditation ( vipassana, insight meditation).

Nyanatiloka Maha Thera. THE WORD OF THE BUDDHA. An outline of the Buddha's Teaching in his own words from the Pali canon.

Toni Packer. THE WORK OF THIS MOMENT, 1990. Shambhala.

Sri H.W.L. Poonja. THE TRUTH IS.

Thich Nhat Hanh. THE HEART OF UNDERSTANDING. Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutta.

Thich Nhat Hanh. THE MOON BAMBOO.

Thich Nhat Hanh. THE PINE GATE.

Thich Nhat Hanh. THE SUN MY HEART.

Thich Nhat Hanh. THE MIRACLE OF MINDFULNESS: A MANUAL OF MEDITATION, 1975. The classic manual on mindfulness meditation, concentration, and relaxation.

Thich Nhat Hanh. BREATHE! YOU ARE ALIVE. The Sutta on the full awareness of breathing.


Thich Nhat Hanh. TRANSFORMATION AND HEALING. Sutta on the four establishments of mindfulness.

Thich Nhat Hanh. BEING PEACE. A collection of talks to meditation students and peace activists.

Thich Nhat Hanh. PRESENT MOMENT WONDERFUL MOMENT. Mindfulness verses for daily living.

Thich Nhat Hanh. OLD PATH, WHITE CLOUDS: WALKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE BUDDHA. A biography of the Buddha and an account of his teachings written in story format.

Sayadaw U Pandita. IN THIS VERY LIFE..THE LIBERATION TEACHINGS OF THE BUDDHA, 1992. Wisdom Publications.

Ven Walpola Rahula. WHAT THE BUDDHA TAUGHT. A superb, brief introduction to the Buddha's teachings, with translations of selected texts.

Sharon Salzberg. LOVINGKINDNESS: THE REVOLUTIONARY ART OF HAPPINESS, 1995. Shambhala Publications.

Sharon Salzberg. FAITH, 2002. Wisdom Publications.

Ven. U Silananda. THE FOUR FOUNDATIONS OF MINDFULNESS. A guide to mindfulness, Vipassana ( insight ) meditation.

Amadeo Sole'-Leris. TRANQUILITY & INSIGHT. An introduction to the oldest form of Buddhist meditation.

Soma Thera. THE WAY OF MINDFULNESS. A translation and commentary on the Satipatthana Sutta, dealing with the essentials of meditation practice.

Karma Lekshe Tsomo (ed.). SAKYADHITA: DAUGHTERS OF THE BUDDHA, 1988. Snow Lion Publications.