12 Basic Books

Awakening the Buddhist Heart by Lama Surya Das, who is one of America's most visible and prolific Buddhist teachers on fashioning a "spiritual intelligence" that informs and animates all of our relationships.

Boundless Healing by Tulku Thondup explains Tibetan practices developed over the centuries to tap the power and the potential of the mind-body connection, including the four healing powers:
positive images, words, feelings, and beliefs.

The Essential Chogyam Trungpa by Carolyn Rose Gimian offers40 selections on crazy wisdom, compassion, generosity, and the path of the warrior by a pivotal figure in bringing Tibetan Buddhism to the West.

Happiness by Matthieu Ricard is a rewarding work by a Buddhist monk who was trained as a scientist and has served as a translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the connections between happiness and the spiritual practices of kindness humility, optimism, going with the flow of time, and facing death with equanimity.

In the Presence of Masters by Reginald A. Ray is a wonderful anthology of commentaries by a crosscut of Tibetan teachers that offers keen insights into meditation practice, personal experience, and spiritual realization.

The Places That Scare You by Pema Chodron, the American Buddhist nun and author of many bestsellers, whose classic book shows how to practice the four limitless ways of loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity.

Reflections on a Mountain Lake by Tenzin Palmo contains talks given after the release of this Buddhist nun's twelve years of solitude in a cave. She assesses women and the path, calm abiding, merit, the role of the spiritual master, and the nature of the mind.

Ruling Your World by Sakyong Mipham explains how the Shambhala teachings can illuminate our condition, help us take charge of our lives, and lead to peace, compassion and confidence.

Toward a True Kinship of Faiths by His Holiness The Dalai Lama, one of the pioneers of multifaith dialogue, who delineates the ethic of selfless service and altruistic action present in all the world's religions.

Transforming Problems into Happiness by Lama Zopa Rinpoche gives instructions on how to use Tibetan mind-training practices to deal with suffering, disappointment, and loss, thereby transforming problems into vehicles for enlightenment.

Why the Dalai Lama Matters by Robert Thurman presents a rich and deep overview of the life, work, and spiritual perspective of the Dalai Lama as a peacemaker, champion of Buddha's wisdom, lover of science, practitioner of the religion of kindness, and ambassador of positive energy and hope to a world weary of the old paradigms of militarism and global power.

Working with Anger by Thubten Chodron is a rich arsenal of spiritual practices from an American Buddhist nun for dealing
with this pernicious emotion and transforming it.

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