Here are our picks for the a few of the most timely and meaningful (and possibly) best meditation books, selected by our staff from the shelves of our Meditation Bookstore here at Samadhi Cushions:
Capturing words of advice from Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, Songs of Experience calls upon students to recognize the nature of mind by waking up to their own experience. In this short poetic text translated by the Nalanda Translation Committee, the young Trungpa Rinpoche tells us to avoid either blocking thoughts or indulging them. Since awareness is here now, we can simply relax and see our thoughts with naked awareness. In this way, habitual patterns of mind are self-liberated.
In Training in Tenderness we are asked to take a radical leap: to open our hearts and save the world. One of the most essential qualities of enlightenment is tsewa, a form of warm energy and openness of heart. In this book Dzigar Kongtrul shows how to open the door to this life-changing energy, transforming our attitude toward ourselves and those around us.
In our daily lives we constantly find ourselves confronted by the demands of technology and social media. We have the tools to connect with each other but often feel overwhelmed and alone. As an alternative, Sakyong Mipham calls upon us to return to basics. In The Lost Art of Good Conversation he explains to readers how to listen and speak more mindfully and effectively. Good conversation, it turns out, is about engaging with a sense of kindness and compassion.
In complicated, demanding times we look for heroes to show us what to do when challenges threaten to overwhelm us. The Life and Visions of Yeshé Tsogyal is the story of one of the greatest heroes and teachers of Tibetan Buddhism. It tells us of her life and struggles in a traditional male-dominated society, her meetings with Padmasambhava, and her retreat at Chimpu and visionary journey to Oddiyana. It is a story to inspiring anyone seeking awakenment in the midst of suffering and chaos. Translated by the prolific and remarkable Padmakara Translation Group.
Every day we are confronted with the realities of social conflict, intolerance, and war. Achieving peace between peoples or even within our families or at work seems more and more out of reach. To help us make peace a reality, The Buddha’s Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony offers a collection of teachings on the quelling of anger, creating good friendship, realizing intentional communities, settling disputes, and the establishment of an equitable society. Even readers new to Buddhist thought will appreciate these ancient teachings, always clear, practical, undogmatic, and utterly up to date. Edited and introduced by Bhikkhu Bodhi.
Faith is controversial. While some of us give ourselves to it without question, others regard it with suspicion. Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel urges us to take another look. In The Logic of Faith she explains that faith is really nothing but our natural proclivity to find certainty in a world where certainty is hard to come by. She believes faith and logic work together in a relationship that reveals a deeper more profound kind of truth—one beyond the limits of “is” and “is not.”
Our society is burdened by racial injustice and the ongoing legacy of white supremacy. Buddhist communities are not immune. Radical Dharma urges a compassionate response to violence and oppression. It demonstrates how social transformation and personal spiritual liberation are inextricably linked. These talks and writings are by Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Lama Rod Owens and Jasmine Syedullah, PhD. Here you find a new dharma that serves to deconstruct rather than amplify systems of suffering, opening up the reader to the hidden ways oppression and violence may continue to play in us and our communities.