Recommended Reading

We’ve put together a list of books you might find helpful and
interesting as you start your practice, or continue your studies. We carry many of these at
our Los Angeles and Santa Monica centers, and many are available at local
bookstores as well. We have created a store using Amazon and if you order from
them, a small percentage will be donated to Against the Stream. We will receive
a percentage of anything else you order after entering the Amazon site. Click on the section title to be taken to that portion of the store with more info on each book.



in Plain English
by Henepola Gunaratana

A Gradual Awakening by Stephen Levine

The Heart of Buddhist Meditation by Nyanaponika Thera


A Concise Introduction
by Huston Smith – one of the best basic books there is for

general information on Buddhism

A Path With Heart by Jack Kornfield

A Wise Heart by Jack Kornfield

Against the Stream by Noah Levine

Eight-Fold Path by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart by Mark Epstein

Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom by Joseph Goldstein

  Life of the Buddha – Bhikkhu Nanamoli

One Dharma by Joseph Goldstein

Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach

Start Where You Are by Pema Chodron

  Spirit of the Buddha by Martine Batchelor

The Experience of Insight by Joseph Goldstein

The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh

Thoughts Without a Thinker by Mark Epstein

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki

Lovingkindness- The Revolutionary Art of Happiness by Sharon Salzberg


In the Buddha’s Words by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Satipatthana: Direct Path to Realization by Analayo

The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha by Bhikkhu Nanamoli

The Connected Discourses of the Buddha by Bhikkhu Bodhi

The Dhammapada translated by Gil Fronsdal

The Long Discourses of the Buddha by Maurice Walshe

Further Reading

A Burning Desire: Dharma God and the Path of Recovery by Kevin

A Year to Live by Stephen Levine

Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation by Larry

Buddhism Without Beliefs by Stephen Batchelor

Confession of a Buddhist Atheist by Stephen Batchelor

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa

Dancing with Life by Phillip Moffit

Dharma Punx by Noah Levine

Embracing the Beloved by Stephen Levine

Food for the Heart by Ajahn Chah

Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree: The Buddha’s Teaching on Voidness by Buddhadasa

Living with the Devil by Stephen Batchelor

The Sound of Silence by Ajahn Sumedho

Who Dies by Stephen Levine

Wide Awake: A Buddhist Guide for Teens by Diana Winston