Friends of Awakening members have offered their favorite resources. These resources reflect the diversity of this group’s interests. Each member of the Sangha has chosen to include resources according to their individual values.

Sangha Haiti Project

Resources from Thich Nhat Hahn and Deer Park Monastery

Buddhist-related Web sites

Social Justice-Buddhist Web site

Social/Environmental Justice-general Web sites

On-line publications/audo/podcasts


  • Voices of Insight, edited by Sharon Salzberg
  • Any publication by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Any publication by Stephen Batchelor
  • Any publication by Pema Chödrön
  • Any publication by Jack Kornfield

Theravada tradition

  • The Heart of Buddhist Meditation, Nyanaponika Thera
  • Silence, Christina Feldman
  • Compassion, Christina Feldman
  • Breath by Breath, Larry Rosenberg
  • Living in the Light of Death, Larry Rosenberg
  • Mindfulness in Plain English, Bhante Gunaratana
  • Loving Kindness, Sharon Salzberg
  • One Dharma, Joseph Goldstein
  • Seeking the Heart of Wisdom, Joseph Goldstein/Jack Kornfield
  • The Mind and the Way, Ajahn Sumedho
  • The Wise Heart, Jack Kornfield
  • The Foundations of Buddhism, Rupert Gethin
  • The Noble Eightfold Path, Bhikku Bodhi

Zen tradition

  • Zen Mind, Beginners Mind, Shunryu Suzuki
  • Miracle of Mindfulness, Thick Nhat Hahn
  • Nothing Special: Living Zen, Charlotte Joko Beck
  • Everyday Zen, Charlotte Joko Beck
  • The Three Pillars of Zen, Philip Kapleau
  • The Method of No-Method, Sheng Yen
  • Hoofprints of the Ox, Sheng Yen
  • The Silent Question, Toni Packer
  • One Robe, One Bowl, Ryocan (translated by John Stevens)
  • Daily Zen Calendar (print) look for it at your bookstore or by e-mail

Vajrayana-Dzogchen tradition

  • Happiness, Matthiew Ricard
  • The Joy of Living, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
  • Meditation in Action, Chogyam Trungpa
  • Mind in Comfort and Ease, The Dalai Lama
  • Tibetan Buddhism, Robert Thurman
  • Carefree Dignity, Tsoknyi Rinpoche
  • Present Fresh Wakefulness, Choki Nyima Rinpoche

Krishnamurti et al.

  • The Awakening of Intelligence, Krishnamurti
  • Freedom from the Known, Krishnamurti
  • The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle
  • Totality in Essence, Vimala Thakar


  • Full Catastrophe Living, Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Coming To Our Senses, Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Heal Thy Self, Saki Santorelli
  • Here For Now, Elam Rosenbaum
  • The Mindful Way Through Depression, John Teasdale, et al
  • The Art and Science of Mindfulness, Shapiro and Carlson
  • A Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Stahl and Goldstein
  • Clinical Handbook of Mindfulness, Didonna
  • Teaching Mindfulness, McCown, Reibel, and Micozzi
  • Mindful Eating, Jan Chozen Bays
  • Eat, Drink and Be Mindful, Susan Albera


  • The Heart Aroused, David Whyte
  • Siddhartha, Herman Hesse
  • The Awakened Heart, Stephen Mitchell
  • The Awakened Mind, Stephen Mitchell
  • The Tao Te Ching, Stephen Mitchell
  • Lao-tzu’s Taoteching, Red Pine
  • The Second Book of the Tao, Stephen Mitchell
  • Destructive Emotions, Dane Goleman
  • Healing Emotions, Dan Goleman
  • The Embodied Mind, Varela, Thompson and Rosch
  • The Mindful Brain, Daniel Siegal

Recommendations from Sangha members

Recently, Friends of Awakening members were asked to share some of their favorite books. Here’s their recommendations:

  • Rusty
    Thich Nhat Hanh, Heart of Understanding and Diamond that Cuts Through Illusion.Nhat Hanh’s clear presentation of these ancient sutras makes them far more understandable and valuable than they would be without his help. They deal with liberation from fear and freeing our mental processes.
  • Teddy
    Stephen Nachmanovitch, Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art.
    This book introduces one to the spiritual source of creativity. It is very joyful.
  • Ingrid
    Steve Hagen, Buddhism is Not What you Think: Finding Freedom Beyond Beliefs.
    Our thoughts keep us in small concepts, like a single hair on a very large animal. This book will help you open to greater truths and not take yourself so seriously.
  • Tak
    Albert Low, Zen and the Sutras (Tuttle Library of Enlightenment Series).
    These are accessible and clear lectures on the sutras. It is written primarily in the Chinese and Zen traditions. The structural underpinning is developed in the various strands. Like the confluence of small brooks to large rivers to get to the ocean, it is important to understand what has preceded us.
  • Carlie
    Lama Surya Das, Awakening the Buddha Within: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World.
    This is an extremely practical book.

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