The books listed here are a sample of the many informative and interesting dharma books written: consider these a taste, inviting you to the larger feast.

General Interest

  • The Dhammapada: A New Translation, Gil Fronsdal
  • The Experience of Insight: A Simple & Direct Guide To Buddhist Meditation, Joseph Goldstein
  • One Dharma, Joseph Goldstein
  • A Heart Full of Peace, Joseph Goldstein
  • Seeking The Heart of Wisdom, Joseph Goldstein & Jack Kornfield
  • Full Catastrophe Living, JonKabat-Zinn
  • One Year To Live, Stephen Levine

On Lovingkindness, Compassion, Appreciative Joy, Equanimity, and Other Matters of the Heart

  • Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness, Sharon Salzberg
  • A Heart As Wide As the World, Sharon Salzberg
  • The Art of Forgiveness: Lovingkindness and Peace, Jack Kornfield
  • When Things Fall Apart, Pema Chodron
  • Radical Acceptance, Tara Brach
  • Healing Emotions, Daniel Goleman

Introduction to Meditation Practice

  • A Path With Heart, Jack Kornfield
  • Mindfulness in Plain English, Ven. Henepola Gunaratana
  • Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom, Goldstein and Kornfield
  • The Beginner’s Guide to Insight Meditation, Arinna Weisman

Family Practice

  • Dharma Family Treasures, Sandy Eastoak
  • Prince Siddhartha (life of the Buddha for children), Jonathan Landaw
  • A Treasury of Wise Action (Jataka tales), Jonathan Landaw
  • Meditations with Children, Deborah Rozman
  • The Centering Book, Gay Hendricks
  • The Second Centering Book, Gay Hendricks
  • Star Bright (meditations for children), Maureen Garth
  • The Hungry Tigress: Buddhist Myths, Legends and Jataka Tales, Rafe Martin

Women in the Dharma

  • Walking On Lotus Flowers: Buddhist Women, Martine Batchelor
  • Dancing in the Dharma. Biography of Ruth Denison, Sandy Boucher
  • Woman Awake: A Celebration of Women’s Wisdom, Christina Feldman
  • Quest of the Warrior Woman, Christina Feldman
  • Being Bodies: Buddhist Women on The Paradox Of Embodiment, Friedman & Moon (eds)
  • A Gathering of Spirit, Pema Chodron
  • The First Buddhist Women, Susan Murcott
  • Knee Deep In Grace: Life and Teaching of Dipa Ma, Amy Schmidt
  • Women of Wisdom, Tsultrim Allione


  • Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree, Ajahn Buddhadassa
  • The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, Bikkhu Bodhi
  • A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma, Bikkhu Bodhi
  • The Noble Eightfold Path, Bikkhu Bodhi & Bikkhu Nanamoli
  • The Dhammapada: A New Translation, Gil Fronsdal
  • What the Buddha Taught, Walpola Rahula

Translations and Commentaries on Major Teachings

  • Voices of Insight, edited by Sharon Salzberg
  • The Best Buddhist Writing 2004/2005/2006//2007, edited by Melvin McLeod

Sources of Books by Mail Order or Internet

Pariyatti Book Service
P.O. Box 15926
Seattle, WA 98115
(800) 829-2748
U.S. distributor for books from Buddhist Publication Society, Sri Lanka.

Bodhi Tree Books
8585 Melrose Avenue
W. Hollywood, CA 90069
(800) 825-9798
Their used book department is sometimes good for out-of-print books.

Wisdom Publications
199 Elm Street
Somerville, MA 02144
(800) 272-4050
A non-profit publisher of Dharma books.

Other Resources

  • Access To Insight (dependable source of information in the Theravadan tradition and it includes most of the original Pali Canon).