I’m always getting questions about Buddhism and meditation from people curious about the practice. I am regularly asked to recommend books or other resources for those that have little to no knowledge about Buddhism. Over the three years I’ve been practicing I have gathered a nice list of wonderful resources. These resources have been essential in my spiritual development and knowledge.
So I figure what better place to share these resources than my blog, right? The following is my “go-to” list for beginning Buddhist. Or anyone curious about Buddhism.
- Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach (this book should be the very first book a beginning practitioner picks up)
- Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace by Angel Kyodo Williams
- When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron
- The Beginners Guide to Zen Buddhism by Jean Smith
Magazines & Journals
- Shambhala Sun
- Inquiring Mind
- Spirit Rock Meditation Center– a wonderful welcoming Buddhist center that hosts day long and residential retreats. They also offer retreat scholarships for young people and POC
- East Bay Meditation Center
- Interdependence Project
These are great starting points. As I continue on my path I will make it a point to share what I discover and update my “go-to” list 🙂
I also encourage all experienced Buddhist practitioners to feel to share their own recommendations in the comments section below.