Best Meditation Books for Overcoming Depression

Best Meditation Books for Overcoming Depression

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.

Best Meditation Books for Overcoming Depression:

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, Eckhart Tolle
A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle
Practicing the Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle
Stillness Speaks, Eckhart Tolle
Meditation Without Gurus, Clark Strand
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times, Pema Chodron
The Wisdom of No Escape And the Path of Loving-Kindness, Pema Chodron
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
The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation, Thich Nhat Hanh
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
Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness, Sharon Salzberg
Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program, Sharon Salzberg
The Experience of Insight: A Simple and Direct Guide to Buddhist Meditation, Joseph Goldstein
Transcendental Meditation: The Essential Teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Jack Forem
Hoist on My Own Petard: Or: How Writing 10% Happier Threw My Own Advice Right Back in My Face, Dan Harris
Meditation: How to Reduce Stress, Get Healthy, and Find Your Happiness in Just 15 Minutes a Day, Rachel Rofe
Meditation: Exploring a Great Spiritual Practice, Richard Chilson
Meditation: Achieving Inner Peace and Tranquility in Your Life, Brian Weiss

Other Recommended Meditation Books:

Eckhart Tolle:

The Art of Presence, Eckhart Tolle
Through the Open Door, Eckhart Tolle
Finding Your Life’s Purpose, Eckhart Tolle
Guardians of Being, Eckhart Tolle
Oneness With All Life, Eckhart Tolle
The Flowering of Human Consciousness: Everyone’s Life Purpose, Eckhart Tolle
Practicing Presence: A Guide for the Spiritual Teacher and Health Practitioner, Eckhart Tolle
Eckhart Tolle’s Findhorn Retreat: Stillness Amidst The World, Eckhart Tolle
The Doorway into Now, Eckhart Tolle

Pema Chodron:

Always Maintain a Joyful Mind And Other Lojong Teachings on Awakening Compassion and Fearlessness, Pema Chodron
Awakening Loving-Kindness, Pema Chodron
Comfortable With Uncertainty: 108 Teachings, Pema Chodron
Don’t Bite the Hook: Finding Freedom From Anger and Other Destructive Emotions, Pema Chodron
Hooked! Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume, Pema Chodron
Living Beautifully With Uncertainty and Change, Pema Chodron
No Time to Lose: A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva, Pema Chodron
Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living, Pema Chodron
Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves From Old Habits and Fears, Pema Chodron
The Places That Scare You: A Guide To Fearlessness, Pema Chodron
The Pocket Pema Chodron, Pema Chodron
This Moment is the Perfect Teacher: 10 Buddhist Teachings on Cultivating Inner Strength and Compassion, Pema Chodron
Tonglen: The Path of Transformation, Pema Chodron
Awakening Compassion: Meditation Practice for Difficult Times, Pema Chodron
Awakening Love: Teachings and Practices to Cultivate a Limitless Heart, Pema Chodron
Bodhisattva Mind: Teachings to Cultivate Courage and Awareness in the Midst of Suffering, Pema Chodron
Coming Closer to Ourselves: Making Everything the Path of Awakening, Pema Chodron
Fully Alive: A Retreat with Pema Chödrön on Living Beautifully With Uncertainty and Change, Pema Chodron
From Fear to Fearlessness: Teachings on the Four Great Catalysts of Awakening, Pema Chodron
Getting Unstuck: Breaking Your Habitual Patterns and Encountering Naked Reality, Pema Chodron
Giving Our Best: A Retreat With Pema Chödrön on Practicing the Way of the Bodhisattva, Pema Chodron
Good Medicine: How to Turn Pain Into Compassion With Tonglen Meditation, Pema Chodron
How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends With Your Mind, Pema Chodron
In Conversation: On the Meaning of Suffering and the Mystery of Joy, Pema Chodron
Karma: Finding Freedom in This Moment, Pema Chodron
Natural Awareness: Guided Meditations and Teachings for Welcoming All Experience, Pema Chodron
No Time to Lose: A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva, Pema Chodron
Noble Heart: A Self-Guided Retreat on Befriending Your Obstacles, Pema Chodron
Practicing Peace in Times of War, Pema Chodron
Pure Meditation: The Tibetan Buddhist Practice Of Inner Peace, Pema Chodron
Smile at Fear: A Retreat with Pema Chödrön on Discovering Your Radiant Self-Confidence, Pema Chodron
The Pema Chödrön Collection, Pema Chodron
The Three Commitments: Walking the Path of Liberation, Pema Chodron
The Truth of Our Existence: Four Teachings from the Buddha to Illuminate Your Life, Pema Chodron
True Happiness, Pema Chodron
Unconditional Confidence For Meeting Any Experience With Trust and Courage, Pema Chodron
Walking the Walk: Putting the Teachings Into Practice When it Matters Most, Pema Chodron
When Pain is the Doorway: Awakening in the Most Difficult Circumstances, Pema Chodron

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:

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:

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
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:

Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity, David Lynch
Zen Meditation in Plain English, John Daishin Buksbazen
Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening, Stephen Batchelor
The Zen Way, Myokyo-ni
How to Be a Yogi, Swami Abhedananda
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
Awakening the Buddha Within: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World, Surya Das

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Finally, it happened. After ten years thinking about it, I attempted, as the Apostle Paul once wrote, to “pray without ceasing”–to communicate in an ongoing way with the Divine.

Interested in my results?

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