6 Buddhist Books For The Beginner…

6 Buddhist Books For The Beginner

These books are absolute must-haves if you’re just starting out in the Buddhist philosophy!

SEE ALSO: How To Be Happy With What You Have


Start Where You Are
by Pema Chödrön

Pema Chodron is an American Buddhist nun renowned for her ability to elucidate clearly on subtle teachings. She begins the book by stating clearly: “We already have everything we need”. This sentence perfectly sums up the Buddhist philosophy in a nutshell, and shows us that in western society we tend to think we need more ‘stuff’ to be happy.

Awakening the Buddhist Heart
By Lama Surya Das

Everyone needs to feel connected, to love and feel loved, to reach out to others and communicate in order to overcome alienation, loneliness, and a feeling of being disconnected. In Awakening the Buddhist Heart Surya Das shows you how to reach inward and outward. With tremendous insight, he explores specific ways in which we can more fruitfully relate to our own experiences as well as each other in today’s fast-paced, complicated, and often confusing world.

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

by Herman Hesse

This is probably the most widely known Buddhist book in western civilization. It details the life and times of Buddha: the restless drifter, the alienated youth, and the political anarchist. A must read!

The Three Pillars of Zen by Philip Kapleau

The Three Pillars of Zen
by Philip Kapleau Roshi

Possibly the most influential Zen book in the west! It offers the first how-to instructions for western practitioners in a series of talks for beginning students.

Zen Mind, Beginners Mind by Shunryu Suzuki

Zen Mind, Beginners Mind
by Shunryu Suzuki

Written by the founder of the San Francisco Zen Center, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, it is considered one of the most important classics of American Buddhism. It has a very simple approach and easy to understand language anyone can relate to.

Buddhist Wisdom
By Edward Conze

A landmark publication from its first appearance more than forty years ago, Buddhist Wisdom offers Western readers a unique combination of what Buddhists worldwide consider the holiest of holy texts — The Diamond Sutra and The Heart Sutra, or scriptures, ascribed to the early centuries of the first millennium.


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