Best Books on Meditation

Best Meditation Books

Best Nonfiction Book

I haven’t read nearly as many books on meditation as I would like. But the ones I have read have been very worthwhile. I highly recommend those on this first list, and the second list is a collection of other popular titles for your reference. Popularity, after all, counts for something. At least with books.

Note that I will update this list as I discover more meditation authors; I know it is as yet far from complete. Also, books on Buddhism and Eastern mysticism are categorized on my Best Eastern Mysticism list to come.

Best Meditation Books:

Meditation Without Gurus, Clark Strand
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, Eckhart Tolle
Meditation: How to Reduce Stress, Get Healthy, and Find Your Happiness in Just 15 Minutes a Day, Rachel Rofe
Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity, David Lynch
Ten Percent Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story, Dan Harris

Hoist on My Own Petard: Or: How Writing 10% Happier Threw My Own Advice Right Back in My Face, Dan Harris
The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation, Thich Nhat Hanh

Other Top Meditation Books:

Jon Kabat-Zinn:

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life, Jon Kabat-Zinn
The Power of Meditation and Prayer, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Sogyal Rinpoche, Larry Dossey, and Michael Toms
Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting, Jon Kabat-Zinn and Myla Kabat-Zinn
Mindfulness Meditation for Everyday Life, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness, J. Mark G. Williams, John D. Teasdale, Zindel V. Segal and Jon Kabat-Zinn
Arriving at Your Own Door, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Letting Everything Become Your Teacher: 100 Lessons in Mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
The Mind’s Own Physician: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama on the Healing Power of Meditation, Jon Kabat-Zinn and Richard Davidson

Sharon Salzberg:

Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness, Sharon Salzberg
Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program, Sharon Salzberg
Heart as Wide as the World, Sharon Salzberg
Voices of Insight, Sharon Salzberg
Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience, Sharon Salzberg
The Force of Kindness: Change Your Life with Love and Compassion, Sharon Salzberg
The Kindness Handbook: A Practical Companion, Sharon Salzberg
Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace, Sharon Salzberg
Love Your Enemies: How to Break the Anger Habit & Be a Whole Lot Happier, Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman

Joseph Goldstein:

The Experience of Insight: A Simple and Direct Guide to Buddhist Meditation, Joseph Goldstein
Seeking the Heart of Wisdom: The Path of Insight Meditation, Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield
Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom, Joseph Goldstein
The Path of Insight Meditation, Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield
Insight Meditation: A Step-By-Step Course on How to Meditate, Joseph Goldstein, with Sharon Salzberg
One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism, Joseph Goldstein
A Heart Full of Peace, Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield
Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening, Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield

Thich Nhat Hanh:

Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire, Thich Nhat Hanh
Being Peace, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Sun My Heart, Thich Nhat Hanh
Our Appointment with Life: Sutra on Knowing the Better Way to Live Alone, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Miracle of Mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh
Old Path White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha, Thich Nhat Hanh
Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Diamond That Cuts Through Illusion, Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Diamond Sutra, Thich Nhat Hanh
Hermitage Among the Clouds‘, Thich Nhat Hanh
Zen Keys: A Guide to Zen Practice, Thich Nhat Hanh
Cultivating The Mind Of Love, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Heart Of Understanding, Thich Nhat Hanh
Transformation and Healing: Sutra on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh
Living Buddha, Living Christ, Thich Nhat Hanh
True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart, Thich Nhat Hanh
Fragrant Palm Leaves: Journals, 1962-1966, Thich Nhat Hanh
Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Raft Is Not the Shore: Conversations Toward a Buddhist/Christian Awareness, Thich Nhat Hanh and Daniel Berrigan
The Path of Emancipation: Talks from a 21-Day Mindfulness Retreat, Thich Nhat Hanh
A Pebble in Your Pocket, Thich Nhat Hanh
Essential Writings, Thich Nhat Hanh
Anger, Thich Nhat Hanh
Be Free Where You Are, Thich Nhat Hanh
No Death, No Fear, Thich Nhat Hanh
Touching the Earth: Intimate Conversations with the Buddha, Thich Nhat Hanh
Teachings on Love, Thich Nhat Hanh
Understanding Our Mind, Thich Nhat Hanh
Buddha Mind, Buddha Body: Walking Toward Enlightenment, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Art of Power, Thich Nhat Hanh
Under the Banyan Tree, Thich Nhat Hanh
Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life, Thich Nhat Hanh
Reconciliation: Healing the Inner Child, Thich Nhat Hanh
You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Novice: A Story of True Love, Thich Nhat Hanh
Your True Home: The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh, Thich Nhat Hanh
Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Pocket, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Art of Communicating, Thich Nhat Hanh
Blooming of a Lotus, Thich Nhat Hanh
No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering, Thich Nhat Hanh
Is Nothing Something?, Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindful Movements, Thich Nhat Hanh

Clark Strand:

Waking up to the Dark: Ancient Wisdom for a Sleepless Age, Clark Strand
Waking the Buddha: How the Most Dynamic and Empowering Buddhist Movement in History Is Changing Our Concept of Religion, Clark Strand
How to Believe in God: Whether You Believe in Religion or Not, Clark Strand
The Wooden Bowl: Simple Meditations for Everyday Life, Clark Strand
Seeds from a Birch Tree: Writing Haiku and the Spiritual Journey, Clark Strand

Other Authors:

Zen Meditation in Plain English, John Daishin Buksbazen
Transcendental Meditation: The Essential Teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Jack Forem
The Experience of Insight: A Simple and Direct Guide to Buddhist Meditation, Joseph Goldstein
Meditation: Exploring a Great Spiritual Practice, Richard Chilson
Meditation: Achieving Inner Peace and Tranquility in Your Life, Brian Weiss
Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening, Stephen Batchelor
The Zen Way, Myokyo-ni
The Way of Zen, Alan Watts
Theta Healing: Introducing an Extraordinary Energy Healing Modality, Vianna Stibal
Hsin Hsin Ming: The Zen Understanding of Mind and Consciousness, Osho and Osho International Foundation
Love, Freedom, Aloneness: The Koan of Relationships, Osho


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