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Check out the new journal, "Mindful"

Buddha's Nature: A Practical Guide to Discovering Your Place in the Cosmos by Wes Nisker. Wonderful introduction to the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, weaving ancient wisdoms with contemporary science.

My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey by Jill Bolte Taylor. A neuroanatomist witnesses her own stroke and recovery and shares insights on the wonders of the brain and present-centeredness.

The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness by J. Mark G. Williams, John D. Teasdale, Zindel V. Segal, Jon Kabat-Zinn. Applying the principles of mindfulness to manage symptoms of depression.

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body & Mind to Face Stress, Pain & Illness by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Explores the powerful impact of the mind-body relationship and wholeness on healing.

Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Every Day by Thich Nhat Hanh. Good introduction to bringing contemplative practices into your life.

Thich Nhat Hanh: Essential Readings, from the Modern Spiritual Masters Series.

The Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving-Kindness by Pema Chodron. Collection of lectures from a thirty day meditation retreat focused on being awake and using daily life experiences as a teacher.

Start Where You Are: A guide to compassionate living by Pema Chodron. Another collection from a thirty day retreat, introduces tonglen (taking in & sending) practice and lojong (reminder to awaken our hearts) slogans.

Everyday Zen: Love & Work by Charlotte Joko Beck. Collection of talks from meditation retreats on incorporating Zen practices into a Western context.

Ordinary Magic: Everyday Life as Spiritual Path edited by John Welwood. Collection of essays to bring contemplative practice into daily routine, work, healing & community.

Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chogyam Trungpa. Principles and practices of the Shambhala (secular Tibetan) teachings.

Tao Te Ching, Stephen Mitchell new English version. A contemporary translation to apply Taoists principles within a western context.

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff. How the simplicity of a little golden bear serves as an example on how to just be.

The Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff. Pooh’s little pal teaches us the "Virtue of the Small."

Earth Prayers & Life Prayers edited by Elizabeth Roberts & Elias Amidon. Two collections of prayers, blessings, poems & affirmations from around the world to honor the Earth and celebrate the human journey.

Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing by Caroline Myss, Ph.D. Healing and the parallels found in Judaic, Christian, Hindu & Buddhist concepts of Divine & personal power.

The Power of Now: A guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle. A modern day mystic translates ancient wisdom into a contemporary context.

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckart Tolle. Further perennial wisdom from this modern day mystic.


Inquiring Mind: A Semiannual Journal of the Vipassana Community

Shambhala Sun: Buddhism, Culture, Meditation, Life