Recommended Reading

The number of books, articles, and websites aimed at new meditators can feel overwhelming. Each tradition and each teacher add their own unique voice to the many resources available for those just starting their practice. The team at Meditation Mind has pulled together some of our favorite and most inspiring reading for the novice student seeking guidance, as well as more the experienced practitioner who may want to expand their repertoire of teachings.

General Mindfulness Reading

Radical Acceptance, Tara Brach

Self-Compassion, Kristen Neff

The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle

Wherever You Go, There You Are, Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening, Joseph Goldstein

Lovingkindness, Sharon Salzberg

Mindfulness in Plain English, Bhante Guanaratana


Waking Up, Sam Harris

The Mind Illuminated: A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science for Greater Mindfulness, Culadasa (John Yates)

Introduction to Buddhism, Zen, & Meditation

What the Buddha Taught, Walpola Rahula

▲ The Story and History of Zen

The Heart of the Buddha’s Teachings, Thich Nhat Hanh

Essential Zen, Buddhism, & Meditation

▲ The Diamond Sutra

▲ The Platform Sutra

▲ The Heart Sutra

▲ Manual of Insight: The manual of the practice of insight meditation (Vipassana)

▲ Fundamentals of Ch’an (Zen) Meditation Practice

The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

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