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Recommended Buddhism books - general Buddhist philosophy, Buddhist history, insight meditation, sutta translation and many more, for beginners, intermediate and advanced.


Title Author Subject Matter Format Position in Curriculum Level Emphasis Pages Rating
Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening Batchelor, Stephen general Buddhist philosophy personal reflection tertiary intermediate theoretical 127 4.7
Gautama Buddha: The Life and Teachings of the Awakened One Blomfield, Vishvapani Buddhist history critical study tertiary beginner theoretical 387 3.5
The Connected Discourses of the Buddha: A New Translation of the Samyutta Nikaya Bodhi, Bhikkhu sutta translation complete text core intermediate theoretical & applied 2074 5
In the Buddha’s Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon Bodhi, Bhikkhu sutta translation anthology core intermediate theoretical & applied 485 4.6
The Noble Eightfold Path: Way to the End of Suffering Bodhi, Bhikkhu eightfold path survey core beginner theoretical 133 2.3
Selfless Persons: Imagery and thought in Theravada Buddhism Collins, Steven Theravadan philosophy critical study core advanced theoretical 323 4.1
The Dhammapada Easwaran, Eknath sutta translation complete text core beginner theoretical & applied 275 1.8
Yoga: Immortality and Freedom Eliade, Mircea yoga historical survey core advanced applied 536 3.6
The Dhammapada: A New Translation of the Buddhist Classic with Annotations Fronsdal, Gil sutta translation complete text core beginner theoretical & applied 152 4.8
The Meditative Mind: The Varieties of Meditative Experience Goleman, Daniel contemplative science survey core intermediate theoretical 214 4.2
How Buddhism Began: The Conditioned Genesis of the Early Teachings Gombrich, Richard F. general Buddhist philosophy critical study supplementary advanced theoretical 180 4.6
Great Disciples of the Buddha: Their Lives, Their Works, Their Legacy Hecker, Hellmuth & Nyanaponika Thera Buddhist history hagiography tertiary beginner theoretical 411 4.5
The Udana & The Itivuttaka: Two Classics from the Pali Canon Ireland, John D. sutta translation complete text core intermediate theoretical & applied 266 4.5
Light on Yoga Iyengar, BKS yoga asanas core beginner/ intermediate/ advanced applied 544 4.8
Buddhist Philosophy: A Historical Analysis Kalupahana, David J. general Buddhist philosophy historical survey core beginner applied 188 4.5
Living Dharma: Teachings of Twelve Buddhist Masters Kornfield, Jack insight meditation teacher profiles core intermediate applied 319 4.8
The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: A New Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya (1995 ed) Ñanamoli, Bhikkhu & Bodhi, Bhikkhu sutta translation complete text core intermediate theoretical & applied 1412 3.9
The Magic of the Mind: An Exposition of the Kalakarama Sutta Ñanananda, Bhikkhu Theravadan philosophy critical study supplementary intermediate theoretical 92 4.7
Concept and Reality In Early Buddhist Thought: An Essay on Papañca and Papañca-Saññā-Sankhā Ñanananda, Bhikkhu Theravadan philosophy critical study supplementary advanced theoretical 158 4.2
The Seven Stages of Purification and the Insight Knowledges: A Guide to the Progressive Stages of Buddhist Meditation Ñanarama, Matara Sri insight meditation critical study core intermediate theoretical & applied 74 5

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