These books have been very supportive of my mindfulness practice, especially as I was beginning. Most are available through library loan. Some are free.

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Pema Chodron

  • When Things Fall Apart

Sharon Salzberg

  • Lovingkindess: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness
  • A Heart as Wide as the World
  • Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation

Cheri Huber

  • There is Nothing Wrong with You 

Suzuki Roshi

  • Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind
  • Not Always So

Jon Kabat-Zinn

  • Full Catastrophe Living

Thich Nhat Hanh

  • Anger (has been so helpful for me)
  • The Miracle of Mindfulness (offers wonderful ideas about how to practice mindfulness in everyday life)
  • Peace is Every Step

S.N. Goenka

  • The Discourse Summaries

J. Krishnamurti

  • Commentaries on Living, first series

Richard Faulds

  • Kripalu Yoga: A Guide to Practice On and Off the Mat 

Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

  • Mindfulness in Plain English
  • Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English
  • Meditation on Perception

Joseph Goldstein

  • The Experience of Insight 
  • Mindfulness 

Teasdale, Segal, & Kabat-Zinn

  • The Mindful Way Through Depression

Any book by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (see Buddhist, free books category below)

Any book of Ajahn Chah’s teachings (see Buddhist, free books category below)

Any book by Ajahn Sumedho (American student of Ajahn Chah)


Buddhist Websites with Access to Free Readings and E-Books


This website is a TREASURE, a wealth of FREE, very high-quality e-books. It offers Buddhist study guides, translations of Thai Forest Meditation Masters, essays on various topics. The resources may seem overwhelming at first, especially if you are a beginner, but consider bookmarking it.

  • The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah

The teachings of this Thai Forest Tradition meditation master have influenced several Western teachers who are credited with the blossoming of mindfulness in the West.

  • Access to Insight

An incredible resource for those interested in a structured study of Buddhism. The result of the work of Bhikku Bodhi, Thanissaro Bhikku, and many volunteers.This website may seem overwhelming at first, but it is well worth taking the time to browse.

One resource, for example, is this heading and its recommendations: “What are some good beginning books on Buddhism?” found on the About page here:


Recommended by students and fellow teachers:

  1. Tara Brach
    • Radical Acceptance
    • True Refuge
  2. Jack Kornfield
    • After the Ecstasy, the Laundry
    • A Wise Heart
    • A Path with Heart
  3. Jan Chozen Bays
    • How to Train a Wild Elephant
  4. Arnie Kozak
    • Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants: 108 Metaphors for Mindfulness
  5. Steve Hagen
    • Buddhism Plain & Simple
  6. Dan Harris
    • 10% Happier
  7. Kristen Neff
    • Self-Compassion: The Power of Being Kind to Yourself
  8. Christopher Germer
    • The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion
  9. Bob Stahl & Elisha Goldstein
    • A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook

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