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Best Buddhism Books Reviewed & Ranked

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Buddhism books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation (1999)

Best Buddhism Books Reviewed & RankedIn The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching, now revised with added material and new insights, Nhat Hanh introduces us to the core teachings of Buddhism and shows us that the Buddha’s teachings are accessible and applicable to our daily lives. Covering such significant teachings as the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, the Three Doors of Liberation, the Three Dharma Seals, and the Seven Factors of Awakening, The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching is a radiant beacon on Buddhist thought for the initiated and uninitiated alike….
Author(s): Thich Nhat Hanh

2. Buddhism: Beginner’s Guide to Understanding & Practicing Buddhism to Become Stress and Anxiety Free (Buddhism, Mindfulness, Meditation, Buddhism For Beginners) (2016)

Best Buddhism Books Reviewed & Ranked4th Edition Now Available with New Beautiful Images and also as Audiobook! “No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again.” – Buddha An ancient and deeply revered practice, Buddhism is even more popular now than it has been in decades. The secret behind its steady rise is due in part to the plethora of benefits Buddhism reaps upon those who practice it and apply its teachings to their lives. Through mindfulness and meditation, Buddhism injects peace and clarity into the minds and lives of those who dedicate themselves to it. Those wonderful benefits can be a part of your…
Author(s): Michael Williams

3. No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners: Clear Answers to Burning Questions About Core Buddhist Teachings (2018)

Best Buddhism Books Reviewed & RankedPresented in a practical Q&A format, No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners is the most clear-cut introductory guide to understanding the essential concepts of Buddhism and how they relate to your daily life.How is an awakening different from enlightenment? Can agnostics and atheists be Buddhist? Am I supposed to stop thinking when I meditate? In No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners, renowned Buddhism teacher and host of the popular Secular Buddhism podcast, Noah Rasheta, delivers an easily accessible introduction to the teachings of Buddhism that answers these common…
Author(s): Noah Rasheta

4. Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (2018)

Best Buddhism Books Reviewed & RankedFrom one of America’s most brilliant writers, a New York Times bestselling journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness.At the heart of Buddhism is a simple claim: The reason we suffer—and the reason we make other people suffer—is that we don’t see the world clearly. At the heart of Buddhist meditative practice is a radical promise: We can learn to see the world, including ourselves, more clearly and so gain a deep and morally valid happiness….
Author(s): Robert Wright

5. Buddhism for Beginners: Plain and Simple Guide to Buddhist Philosophy Including Zen Teachings, Tibetan Buddhism, and Mindfulness Meditation (2019)

Best Buddhism Books Reviewed & RankedDo You Want To Free Yourself From Stress And Anxiety?Would you like to bring peace and joy in your life?Many people hear the word “Buddhism” and they think it is a religion. However, a person of any religion can bring Buddhist principles into their life without giving up their religious beliefs. Buddhism is a simple and practical philosophy, practiced by more than 300 million people worldwide, that can make your life better and help you find inner peace and happiness. Buddhism is a way of living your life following a path of spiritual development that leads you to the truth of reality.“We are shaped by our…
Author(s): Judith Yandell

6. One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps (2018)

Best Buddhism Books Reviewed & RankedMany in recovery turn to the Twelve Steps to overcome their addictions, but struggle with the spiritual program. But what they might not realize is that Buddhist teachings are intrinsically intertwined with the lessons of the Twelve Steps, and offer time-tested methods for addressing the challenges of sobriety.In what is considered the cornerstone of the most significant recovery movement of the 21st century, Kevin Griffin shares his own extraordinary journey to sobriety and how he integrated the Twelve Steps of recovery with Buddhist mindfulness practices. With a new foreword by William Alexander, the author of Ordinary Recovery, One Breath…
Author(s): Kevin Griffin

7. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself (2007)

Best Buddhism Books Reviewed & RankedWhat would it be like to free yourself from limitations and soar beyond your boundaries? What can you do each day to discover inner peace and serenity? The Untethered Soul offers simple yet profound answers to these questions.Whether this is your first exploration of inner space or you’ve devoted your life to the inward journey, this book will transform your relationship with yourself and the world around you. You’ll discover what you can do to put an end to the habitual thoughts and emotions that limit your consciousness. By tapping into traditions…
Author(s): Michael A. Singer

8. Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (2013)

Best Buddhism Books Reviewed & RankedThis Very Short Introduction offers readers a superb overview of the teachings of the Buddha, as well as a succinct guide to the integration of Buddhism into daily life. What are the distinctive features of Buddhism? Who was the Buddha, and what are his teachings? Words such as “karma” and “nirvana” have entered our vocabulary, but what do they mean? Damien Keown provides a lively, informative response to these frequently asked questions about Buddhism. As he sheds light into how Buddhist thought developed over the centuries, Keown also highlights how contemporary dilemmas can be faced from a Buddhist…
Author(s): Damien Keown

9. Buddhisms: An Introduction (2015)

Best Buddhism Books Reviewed & RankedBuddhisms: An Introduction represents a novel way of presenting the whole of the Buddhist tradition in its unity and multiplicity. Clear in its explanations, replete with tables and suggestions for further reading, it should appeal to students, yet also be of interest to scholars for some of its ways of viewing the Buddha, his teachings, and the Buddhist community through the ages….
Author(s): John S. Strong

10. The Foundations of Buddhism (OPUS) (1998)

Best Buddhism Books Reviewed & RankedBuddhism is a vast and complex religious and philosophical tradition with a history that stretches over 2,500 years, and which is now followed by around 115 million people. In this introduction to the foundations of Buddhism, Rupert Gethin concentrates on the ideas and practices which constitute the common heritage of the different traditions of Buddhism (Thervada, Tibetan, and Eastern) that exist in the world today. From the narrative of the story of the Buddha, through discussions of aspects such as textual traditions, the framework of the Four Noble Truths, the interaction between the monastic and lay ways of life, the cosmology…
Author(s): Rupert Gethin

11. How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life (2003)

Best Buddhism Books Reviewed & RankedAs human beings, we all share the desire for happiness and meaning in our lives. According to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the ability to find true fulfillment lies within each of us. In this very special book, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, Nobel Prize winner, and bestselling author helps readers embark upon the path to enlightenment with a stunning illumination of the timeless wisdom and an easy-access reference for daily practice. Divided into a series of distinct steps that will lead spiritual seekers toward enlightenment, How to Practice…
Author(s): Dalai Lama, Jeffrey Hopkins

12. In the Buddha’s Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon (The Teachings of the Buddha) (2005)

Best Buddhism Books Reviewed & RankedThe American scholar-monk Bhikkhu Bodhi, whose voluminous translations have won widespread acclaim, here presents selected discourses of the Buddha from the Pali Canon, the earliest record of what the Buddha taught. Divided into ten thematic chapters, In the Buddha's Words reveals the full scope of the Buddha's discourses, from family life and marriage to renunciation and the path of insight. A concise, informative introduction precedes each chapter, guiding the reader toward a deeper understanding of the texts that follow. This book contains: In the Buddha's Words allows even readers…
Author(s): Bhikkhu Bodhi, Dalai Lama, His Holiness the

13. Modern Buddhism: The path of compassion and wisdom (2015)

Best Buddhism Books Reviewed & RankedThis new second edition of Modern Buddhism provides a dynamic and comprehensive presentation of Buddha’s teachings, including practical explanations on how to attain lasting happiness and freedom from problems for ourselves and others. With clear and accessible language, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso guides the reader from the fundamentals of Buddhist meditation and philosophy, through a powerful explanation of the true nature of reality, to reveal the preciousness of Tantra—offering the paths to liberation and enlightenment to modern, busy people. A brief history…
Author(s): Geshe Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Best Buddhism Books Reviewed & Ranked

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Buddhism and Veganism: Essays Connecting Spiritual Awakening and Animal Liberation

Author(s): Will Tuttle
Publisher: Vegan Publishers, Year: 24 Jan 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2422439

Essence of the Ocean of Attainments: The Creation Stage of the Guhyasamaja Tantra according to Panchen Losang Chökyi Gyaltsen (Studies in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism Book 21)

Author(s): Penpa Dorjee (Author), Yael Bentor
Publisher: Wisdom Publications, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2328060

Jewels of the Middle Way: The Madhyamaka Legacy of Atisa and His Early Tibetan Followers (Studies in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism Book 22)

Author(s): James B. Apple (Author)
Publisher: Wisdom Publications, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2332712

Militant Buddhism: The Rise of Religious Violence in Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand

Author(s): Peter Lehr
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2354280

Borges, Buddhism and World Literature: A Morphology of Renunciation Tales

Author(s): Dominique Jullien
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2354453

Seeding Buddhism with Multiculturalism: The Transmission of Sri Lankan Buddhism in Toronto

Author(s): D Mitra Barua
Publisher: McGill-Queen’s University Press, Year: 2019, Size: 6 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2369249

Militant Buddhism : the rise of religious violence in Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand

Author(s): Peter Lehr
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 1 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2369800

Nonduality: In Buddhism and Beyond

Author(s): David R. Loy
Publisher: Wisdom Publications, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2375385

Buddhism and Linguistics: Theory and Philosophy

Author(s): Manel Herat (eds.)
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2018, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2153720

Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West

Author(s): Donald S. Lopez Jr.
Publisher: University of Chicago Press, Year: 2018, Size: 1 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2189448

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are truly hot items according to The New York Times, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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