Top 10 Best Books to Read in Tibetan Buddhism - August 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Tibetan Buddhism. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Tibetan Buddhism - August 2021

Pema Chödrön's perennially best-selling classic on overcoming life's difficulties cuts to the heart of spirituality and personal growth--now in a newly designed 20th-anniversary edition with a new afterword by Pema--makes for a perfect gift and addition to one's spiritual library. How can we live our lives when everything seems to fall apart—when we are continually overcome by fear, anxiety, and pain? The answer, Pema Chödrön suggests, might be just the opposite of what you expect. Here, in her most beloved and acclaimed work, Pema shows that moving toward painful situations and becoming intimate with them can open up our hearts in ways we never before imagined. Drawing from traditional Buddhist wisdom, she offers life-changing tools for transforming suffering and negative patterns into habitual ease and boundless joy.

  • Author: Pema Chodron
  • Publisher: Shambhala; 20th Anniversary ed. edition (June 7, 2016)
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Alternative Medicine
  • ISBN: 978-1611803433
  • Dimensions: 5.31 x 0.52 x 8.23 inches

                 

2. The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Tibetan Buddhism - August 2021

With poetry and clarity, Thich Nhat Hanh imparts comforting wisdom about the nature of suffering and its role in creating compassion, love, and joy – all qualities of enlightenment.  “Thich Nhat Hanh shows us the connection between personal, inner peace, and peace on earth.” —His Holiness the Dalai Lama In The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching , now revised with added material and new insights, Nhat Hanh introduces us to the core teachings of Buddhism and shows us that the Buddha’s teachings are accessible and applicable to our daily lives. Covering such significant teachings as the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, the Three Doors of Liberation, the Three Dharma Seals, and the Seven Factors of Awakening, The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching is a radiant beacon on Buddhist thought for the initiated and uninitiated alike.

  • Author: Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1st edition (June 8, 1999)
  • Genre: Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism
  • ISBN: 978-0767903691
  • Dimensions: 5.19 x 0.8 x 7.99 inches

                 

3. The Tibetan Book of the Dead: First Complete Translation (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Tibetan Buddhism - August 2021

The first complete translation of a classic Buddhist text on the journey through living and dying Graced with opening words by His Holiness The Dalai Lama, the Penguin Deluxe Edition of The Tibetan Book of the Dead is "immaculately rendered in an English both graceful and precise." Translated with the close support of leading contemporary masters and hailed as “a tremendous accomplishment,” this book faithfully presents the insights and intentions of the original work. It includes one of the most detailed and compelling descriptions of the after-death state in world literature, practices that can transform our experience of daily life, guidance on helping those who are dying, and an inspirational perspective on coping with bereavement.   For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

  • Author: Graham Coleman
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Illustrated edition (January 30, 2007)
  • Genre: Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism
  • ISBN: 978-0143104940
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 1.6 inches

                 

4. Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Tibetan Buddhism - August 2021

Start Where You Are is an indispensable handbook for cultivating fearlessness and awakening a compassionate heart. With insight and humor, Pema Chödrön presents down-to-earth guidance on how we can "start where we are" - embracing rather than denying the painful aspects of our lives. Pema Chödrön frames her teachings on compassion around 59 traditional Tibetan Buddhist maxims, or slogans, such as: "Always apply only a joyful state of mind," "Don't seek others' pain as the limbs of your own happiness," and "Always meditate on whatever provokes resentment." Working with these slogans and through the practice of meditation, Start Where You Are shows how we can all develop the courage to work with our inner pain and discover joy, well-being, and confidence.

  • Author: Pema Chödrön
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Alternative Medicine, Meditation

                 

5. Welcoming the Unwelcome: Wholehearted Living in a Brokenhearted World


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Tibetan Buddhism - August 2021

From the best-selling author of When Things Fall Apart comes an open-hearted call for human connection, compassion, and learning to love the world just as it is during these most challenging times. In her first new book of spiritual teachings in over seven years, Pema Chödrön offers a combination of wisdom, heartfelt reflections, and the signature mix of humor and insight that have made her a beloved figure to turn to during times of change. In an increasingly polarized world, Pema shows us how to strengthen our abilities to find common ground, even when we disagree, and influence our environment in positive ways. Sharing never before told personal stories from her remarkable life, simple and powerful everyday practices, and directly relatable advice, Pema encourages us all to become triumphant bodhisattvas - compassionate beings - in times of hardship. Welcoming the Unwelcome includes teachings on the true meaning of karma, recognizing the basic goodness in ourselves and the people we share our lives with - even the most challenging ones, transforming adversity into opportunities for growth, and freeing ourselves from the empty and illusory labels that separate us. Pema also provides step-by-step guides to a basic sitting meditation and a compassion meditation that anyone can use to bring light to the darkness we face, wherever and whatever it may be.

  • Author: Claire Foy
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Alternative Medicine, Meditation

                 



6. Conócete a ti mismo tal y como realmente eres


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Tibetan Buddhism - August 2021

Claves para conocerse uno mismo tal y como uno es realmente y poder conseguir así, la felicidad pura. El Dalai Lama, el líder budista más conocido y respetado, y Premio Nobel de la Paz, enseña en este audiolibro a reconocer las nociones equivocadas que tenemos de nosotros mismos para abordar la realidad desde una perspectiva más certera y humana. Como las dos alas de un pájaro, el amor y el conocimiento interior trabajan juntos para llevarnos a la iluminación. Con anécdotas personales, el Dalai Lama muestra las claves que ofrece la tradición budista para el conocimiento personal y el despertar espiritual. Una obra inspiradora, indispensable para todas aquellas personas que necesitan encontrar en su interior las respuestas a los grandes interrogantes de su ser en el mundo. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

  • Author: Josué Morales
  • Genre: Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism, Tibetan

                 

7. Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Tibetan Buddhism - August 2021

108 practical teachings for cultivating mindfulness and compassion in the face of fear and uncertainty, from the author of When Things Fall Apart   Comfortable with Uncertainty offers short, stand-alone readings designed to help us cultivate compassion and awareness amid the challenges of daily living. More than a collection of thoughts for the day, it offers a progressive program of spiritual study, leading the reader through essential concepts, themes, and practices on the Buddhist path. Readers do not need to have prior knowledge of Buddhist thought or practice, making Comfortable with Uncertainty a perfect introduction to Pema Chödrön's teaching. It features the most essential and stirring passages from Chödrön's previous books, exploring topics such as lovingkindness, meditation, mindfulness, "nowness," letting go, and working with fear and other painful emotions. Through the course of this book, readers will learn practical methods for heightening awareness and overcoming habitual patterns that block compassion.

  • Author: Pema Chodron
  • Publisher: Shambhala (March 27, 2018)
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Alternative Medicine
  • ISBN: 978-1611805956
  • Dimensions: 5.33 x 0.47 x 8.23 inches

                 

8. Siddhartha


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Tibetan Buddhism - August 2021

Siddhartha is an allegorical novel by Hermann Hesse which deals with the spiritual journey of an Indian boy called Siddhartha during the time of the Buddha. The book was written in German, in a simple, yet powerful and lyrical style. It was first published in 1922, after Hesse had spent some time in India in the 1910s. The story revolves around a young man who leaves his home and family on a quest for the Truth. Embarking on a journey that takes him from the austerities of renunciation to the profligacy of wealth. That leads him through the range of human experiences from hunger and want, to passion, pleasure, pain, greed, yearning, boredom, love, despair and hope. A journey that leads finally to the river, where he gains peace and eventually wisdom. This is the story of Siddhartha as told by Nobel Laureate Hermann Hesse in his most influential work. Hermann Hesse: Hermann Hesse (b. 1877) was a German-born Swiss poet and author, best known for writing the novels 'Steppenwolf', 'Siddhartha', and 'The Glass Bead Game'. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946. His themes focus on man's struggle to break away from the rigid structures of civilization and follow his essential and inner spirit. For this, Hesse became a literary cult figure.

  • Author: Hermann Hesse
  • Publisher: KTHTK (July 26, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Religion & Spirituality

                 

9. The Pocket Pema Chodron (Shambhala Pocket Classics)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Tibetan Buddhism - August 2021

A collection of short inspirational readings by “one of the world's wisest women” and author of When Things Fall Apart ( O, the Oprah Magazine ) Pema Chödrön, beloved Buddhist nun and best-selling author, offers this treasury of 108 short selections from her more than four decades of study and writings. Here she presents teachings on breaking free of destructive patterns; developing patience, kindness, and joy amid our everyday struggles; becoming fearless; and unlocking our natural warmth, intelligence, and goodness. Designed for on-the-go inspiration,   this is a perfect guide to Buddhist principles and the foundations of meditation and mindfulness. The Shambhala Pocket Library is a collection of short, portable teachings from notable figures across religious traditions and classic texts. The covers in this series are rendered by Colorado artist Robert Spellman. The books in this collection distill the wisdom and heart of the work Shambhala Publications has published over 50 years into a compact format that is collectible, reader-friendly, and applicable to everyday life.

  • Author: Pema Chödrön
  • Publisher: Shambhala; Poc edition (December 9, 2008)
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Alternative Medicine
  • ISBN: 978-1590306512
  • Dimensions: 3 x 0.52 x 4.4 inches

                 

10. Living Beautifully: with Uncertainty and Change


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Tibetan Buddhism - August 2021

Instant bestseller: Buddhist teacher Pema Chödrön shares life-changing practices for living with wisdom, confidence, and integrity amidst confusing situations and uncertain times We live in difficult times. Life so often seems like a turbulent river threatening to drown us and destroy our world. Why, then, shouldn’t we cling to the certainty of the comfortable—to our deep-seated habits and familiar ways? Because, Pema Chödrön teaches, that kind of fear-based clinging keeps us from the infinitely more powerful experience of being fully alive. The Buddhist teachings she presents here—known as the “Three Commitments”—provide a treasure trove of wisdom for learning to step right into the unknown, to completely and fearlessly embrace the groundlessness of being human, for people of all faiths. When we do, we begin to see not only how much better it feels to live an openhearted life, but we find that we begin to naturally and more effectively reach out to help and heal all those around us.

  • Author: Pema Chödrön
  • Publisher: Shambhala; Reprint edition (May 21, 2019)
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Alternative Medicine
  • ISBN: 978-1611806809
  • Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches