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Sam's Recommendations: Eastern Philosophy and Meditation


Harris' Note: While I recommend the following books, I do not endorse many of their metaphysical presuppositions. Please see The End of Faith as well as the Articles section of this website for my views on contemplative practice, mysticism, etc.

Food for the Heart: The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah, by Ajahn Chah#

Confession of a Buddhist Atheist, by Batchelor, S.#

Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening, by Batchelor, S.#

The Heart of Awareness: A Translation of the Ashtavakra Gita, by Byrom, T. (Trans.)#

Tracing Back the Radiance: Chinul’s Korean Way of Zen, by Chinul#

The Flight of the Garuda, Second Edition: The Dzogchen Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, by Dowman, K. (Ed)#

Stripping the Gurus, by Falk, G.D.#

Holy Madness, by Feuerstein, G.#

The Bodhisattva’s Brain: Buddhism Naturalized, by Flanagan, O.#

Experience of Insight, by Goldstein, J#

Destructive Emotions: A Dialogue with the Dalai Lama, by Goleman, D.#

Mindfulness in Plain English: Revised and Expanded Edition, by Gunaratana, B.H.#

On Having No Head: Zen and the Rediscovery of the Obvious, by Harding, D.E.#

10 Percent Happier, by Harris, D.#

Doors of Perception, by Huxley, A.#

The Perennial Philosophy: An Interpretation of the Great Mystics, East and West, by Huxley, A.#

Freedom from the Known, by Krishnamurti, J.#

The Awakening of Intelligence, by Krishnamurti, J.#

Central Philosophy of Buddhism: A Study of Madhyamika System, by Murti, TRV#

Nagarjuna’s Seventy Stanzas: A Buddhist Psychology of Emptiness, by Nagarjuna#

I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, by Nisargadatta Maharaj#

Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi, by Ramana Maharshi#

Self-Liberation Through Seeing With Naked Awareness, by Reynolds, JM (Ed)#

Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation, by Rosenberg, L#

Shankara’s Crest Jewel of Discrimination, by Shankaracharya#

Feet of Clay, by Storr, A.#

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, by Suzuki, S.#

The Mother of God, by Tarlo, L.#

The Heart of Buddhist Meditation, by Thera, N#

Quintessential Dzogchen: Confusion Dawns as Wisdom, by Urgyen Rinpoche, T.#

Open Secret, by Wei, Wei Wu#