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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?

Buddhism: Beginner’s Guide to Understanding & Practicing 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.
Author(s): Michael Williams

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?
Author(s): Noah Rasheta

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.
Author(s): Robert Wright

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.
Author(s): Judith Yandell

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.
Author(s): Kevin Griffin

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?
Author(s): Michael A. Singer

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.
Author(s): Damien Keown

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.
Author(s): John S. Strong

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.
Author(s): Rupert Gethin

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.
Author(s): Dalai Lama, Jeffrey Hopkins

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.
Author(s): Bhikkhu Bodhi, Dalai Lama, His Holiness the

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.
Author(s): Geshe Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Best Buddhism Books Reviewed & Ranked

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Wake Up to What Matters: A Guide to Tibetan Buddhism for the Next Generation

Author(s): Avikrita Vajra Sakya
ID: 2447754, Publisher: Shambhala, Year: 3 Dec 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Format: epub

Buddhism and Veganism: Essays Connecting Spiritual Awakening and Animal Liberation

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

Psychoanalysis and Zen Buddhism: A Realizational Perspective

Author(s): Seiso Paul Cooper
ID: 3602195, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2023, Size: 7 Mb, Format: pdf

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