Recommended Reading for Beginners

Bhante Gunaratana, Mindfulness in Plain English

Bhante Gunaratana, Start Here, Start Now: A Short Guide to Mindfulness Meditation

Pema Chödrön, How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends With Your Mind

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

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mindfulness for Beginners

Jack Kornfield, Meditation for Beginners

Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness:  The Power of Meditation

Andrew Weiss, Beginning Mindfulness: Learning the Way of Awareness

Mark Williams and Danny Penman, Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan For Finding Peace in a Frantic World

Bringing Mindfulness Home video

Audio Resources – Click on link or embedded audio file

MBSR Body Scan (34 minutes)

MBSR Body Scan Long (48 minutes)

MBSR Body Scan (15 minutes) Maine Health MBSR

MBSR Sitting Meditation Short (15 minutes)

MBSR Reclining Yoga (37 minutes)

MBSR Sitting Yoga (30 minutes)

MBSR Standing Yoga (30 minutes)

My 2022 Reading List…

Bidwell, Duane, When One Religion Isn’t Enough: The Lives of Spiritually Fluid People, published by Beacon Press, 2018.

Chödrön,  Pema , Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears, published by Shambhala, 2019. Updated.

Chödrön, Pema, Welcoming the Unwelcome: Wholehearted Living in Broken-hearted World, published by Shambhala, 2019.

Eger, Edith, The Gift: 14 Lessons to Save your Life, published by Scribner, 2020.

Bhante Gunaratana, Start Here Start Now: A Short Guide to mindfulness Meditation, published by Wisdom Publications, 2019.

Shetty, Jay, Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day, published by Simon and Schuster, 2020.

My 2021 Reading List…

Bhikkhu Anālayo, Mindfulness of Breathing: A Practice Guide and Translations, published by Windhorse Publications, 2019.

Coleman, Mark, From Suffering to Peace: The True Promise of Mindfulness, published by New World Library, 2019.

Coleman, Mark, Make Peace with Your Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You From Your Inner Critic, published by New World Library, 2016.

Han, Chenxing, Be the Refuge: Raising the Voices of Asian American Buddhists, published by North Atlantic Books, 2021.

Menakem, Resmaa, My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, published by Central Recovery Press, 2017.

Ozeki, Ruth, A Tale for the Time Being, published by Viking, 2013.

Schaeffer, Kurtis R., Himalayan Hermitess: The Life of a Tibetan Buddhist Nun, published by Oxford University Press, 2004.

My 2020 Reading List…

Ayya Khema, Being Nobody, Going Nowhere, published by Wisdom Publications, 2016.

Buddhadas, Bikkhu, Mindfulness With Breathing, Wisdom Publications, 1988.

DeAngelo, Robin, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Race, published by Beacon Press, 2018.

Gladwell, Malcolm, Taking to Strangers, published by Little, Brown and Company, 2019.

Harrer, Heinrich, Seven Years in Tibet, published by Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 1953.

Kidd, Sue Monk, The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, published by Harper One, 1996.

Rosenberg, Larry, with David Guy, Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation, published by Shambhala, 1998.

Saad, Layla F. Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancester, published by Source Books, 2020.

Washam, Spring, A Fierce Heart: Finding Strength, Courage, and Wisdom in any Moment, published by Parallax Press, 2017.

Wolleben, Peter, The Hidden Life of Trees, published by Greystone Books, 2016.

My 2019 Reading List….

Roland Merullo, Breakfast with Buddha, published by Algonquin Books, 2008.

Roland Merullo, Lunch with Buddha, published by AJAR Contemporaries, 2012.

Roland Merullo, Dinner With Buddha, published by Algonquin Books, 2016.

Bhikku Bodhi, The Noble Eightfold Path, published by BPS Pariyatti Editions, 2020.

Pema Chödrön, Taking the Leap, published by Shambhala, 2009.

The Dalai Lama, How to Be Compassionate: A Handbook for Creating Inner Peace and a Happier World, published by Rider, 2012.

The Dalai Lama, Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World, published by Mariner Books, 2011.

Thich Nhat Hanh, Breathe: You Are Alive, published by Parallax Press, 2008.

Bhikku Anālayo, Satipatthana Meditation: A Practice Guide, published by Windhorse Publications, 2018.

Bhikku Anālayo, Compassion and Emptiness in Early Buddhist Meditation, published by Windhorse Publications, 2015.

Christina Feldman, Boundless Heart: The Buddha’s Path of Kindness, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity, published by Shambala Publications, Inc., 2017.

Jane Brox, Silence: A Social History of One of the Least Understood Elements of Our Lives, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019.

Marguerite Manteau-Rao, LCSW, Caring for a Loved One with Dementia: A Mindfulness-Based Guide for Reducing Stress and Making the Best of Your Journey Together, published by New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2016.

Sharon Salzberg, Loving-Kindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness, published by Shambala, 1997.

Jarem Sawatsky, Dancing With Elephants: Mindfulness Training For Those Living With Dementia, Chronic Illness or an Aging Brain, published by Red Canoe Press,  2017.

My Late Fall/Winter 2018 Reading List…

Rick Hanson, Resilient: Find Your Inner Strength, published by Rider, 2018.

The Dalai Lama, Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011.

Daniel J. Siegel, MD, Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence, published by TarcherPerigee, 2018.

Daniel J. Siegel, MD, Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation, published by Bantam Books, 2010.

My Fall 2018 Reading List…

Leonard Mlodinow, Elastic: Flexible Thinking in a Time of Change, published by Pantheon Books, 2018.

This is a fascinating read about how ideas are generated by a flexible mind and how we often get bogged down by “frozen thinking.”

Daniel Pink, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, published by Riverhead Books, 2018.

Daniel Pink takes a look at the scientific evidence to understand our innate patterns and how these patterns effect our everyday decisions. He includes many readable examples. A vey fun read!

Catherine Price, How to Break Up With Your Phone, published by Ten Speed Press, 2018.

For anyone who has felt that they were a slave to their phone or device, this is a must read. Catherine Price gives very practical advice on how to “detox” from your phone in 30 days.

What I read the summer of 2018…

Tara Cousineau, PhD, The Kindness Cure

“Feeling connected, supportive, and supported means stepping beyond momentary comfort and taking risks to reach out.  To be kind means you must cross relational space between yourself and others, which is filled with uncertainty.”

Karen Maezen Miller, Hand Wash Cold: Care Instructions for an Ordinary Life 

Karen Maezen Miller looks at daily life – from doing the laundry, cooking, cleaning and gardening – as a metaphor for the spiritual life.  “The point of meditation is to stop making things up and see thanks as they are.”  Page 39

Louis Richmond, Aging as a Spiritual Practice

A beautiful reflection on the spiritual side of growing older, Louis Richmond, a Zen Buddhist priest, looks at the common fears of aging from a spiritual perspective.  “She left behind being a victim of change and became an agent of change.” Page 55

Thich Nhat Hanh, Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise 

In his beautiful and simple style, Thich Nhat Hanh invites his readers to find silence and to still Radio NST (non-stop thinking).

More Resources on Mindfulness and MBSR

The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love – Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits, by Judson Brewer, published by Yale University Press, reprint edition, 2018.

Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food, Jan Chozen Bays, MD, published by Shambhala, 2009 

Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening, by Joseph Goldstein, published by Sounds True, reprint edition, 2016.

Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain and Body, Daniel Goleman and Richard J. Davidson, published by Avery, reprint edition, 2018.

Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love and Wisdom, Rick Hansen, PhD, with Richard Mendius, published by New Harbinger Publications, 2009.

Full Catastrophe Living, Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, published by Bantam, revised, updated edition, 2013. 

Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life, Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD, published by Hachette Books, 10th edition, 2005.

Coming to Our Senses Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, published by Hachette Books, reprint edition, 2006.

Meditation Is Not What You Think: Mindfulness and Why It Is So Important, by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, published by Hachette Books, 2018.

Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment and Your Life, Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, published by Sounds Trues, reprint edition, 2016.

Falling Awake: How to Practice Mindfulness in Everyday Life, by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, published by Hachette Books, 2018.

Heal Thyself: Lessons on Mindfulness and Medicine, by Saki Santorelli, published by Harmony, reprint edition, 2000.

No Time Like the Present: Finding Freedom, Love, and Joy Right Where You Are, Jack Kornfield, published by Atria Books, 2017.

Popular Recent Resources:

Chade-Meng Tan, Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace), published by HarperOne

Rasmussen Hougaard, One Second Ahead: Enhance Your Performance at Work with Mindfulness, published by Palgrave Macmillan US

Harris, Dan, 10% Happier: How I tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story, published by Day Street Books, and Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, published by Random House