If we search “Buddhism books” a list in the hundreds or even thousands will show up. However, over the years there have been a few popular books by some popular authors that haven’t gone without notice. Here are the top 5 best books on Buddhism for 2014. Book #6 is yours turly, Quang Trí’s book.
The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching
If you could only get one book and have it for the rest of your life, it would be this book! Thich Nhat Hanh covers all the basics and foundations of Buddhism in this glorious and powerful book, from the history of Prince Siddhartha, his first sermon, the Four Noble Truths, Eightfold Path, Interdependent Origination, Karma, the works! This is an excellent and must have book for anyone interested in, beginning, or wanting to touch up on Buddhism.
The Power of Now
Eckhart Tolle, in the Buddhists’ eyes, is a bodhisattva. His wisdom and understanding of living in the present, being mindful of the present, and his insight into the true nature of reality, can only be possessed by those whom have grasped the Truth. The Power of Now is not necessarily a Buddhist book, however, everything containing in this book is deeply rooted in Buddhist thought and psychology, so it makes it a Buddhist book. The Power of Now is not the easiest of read; it will take at least two times to touch base and another two times to understand. Nevertheless, a beautiful and a must-read book.
The Places That Scare You
Pema Chodron is a very unique and extraordinary person. She views the world and all its problems with practicality and realism, and not by hiding behind the bush and pretending it’s not there. The Places That Scare You is no exception to the many other books she wrote that teaches us how to meditate on the world’s suffering and dissatisfactions, especially our own.
The Meditation Handbook
The Meditation Handbook is a great read for those interested in meditation from a Tibetan Buddhism perspective and practice. Though Vajrayana inspired, the teachings and practices in the book can be applied to anyone’s meditation practice and growth. The book covers basic meditation techniques, as well as meditation visualizations and contemplations.
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind
Shunryu Suzuki is everyone’s favorite Zen teacher. Despite the title, this is not a beginner’s book! The book takes the assumption that the reader is already a meditation practitioner and this book is simply a continuation and advancement of their practice. It is not an easy read, however, once the second or third time around comes along, your knowledge and understanding will be greater than when you started. This book teaches us to study ourselves and our mind’s to reach enlightenment from a Zen perspective and practice.
Making Friends With Our Mind
Making Friends With Our Mind: A Basic Guide to Buddhist Meditation is Quang Trí’s first book. The book covers the very basics of Buddhist meditation; what meditation is and isn’t, how to meditate, and what to meditate on. Covering breathing techniques, posture and gestures, contemplations, and levels of meditation, this book is a great guide for anyone interested in beginning or continuing a meditation practice.