BEST BOOKS ON BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY

BEST BOOKS ON BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY

Are you in search of great books on Buddhist philosophy? Buddhismzone brings to you the compilation of the best books on Buddhist philosophy. Generally, these books are selected based on user ratings. Certainly, we trust they will answer the questions you have on the teachings and practice of Buddhism. Thus, the list includes:

THE POWER OF NOW: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment – Eckart Tolle

Description

The Power of Now” is a book that guides us toward personal development and spiritual improvement. As such, this book takes the readers to discover the truth and the light. Hence, you will reach out to that deepest part of yourself in an inspiring spiritual journey.

At first, the author reminds the readers of the natural enemy of enlightenment which is the mind. On the same note, he points out how we create pain and suffering for ourselves. And, afterward, he teaches us how to live in the now to overcome our pains.

In this guide to spiritual enlightenment, Tolle introduces the essence of our being which is indestructible. Also, he leads us through the path of connecting with this essence;

“the eternal, ever-present one life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death”.

When we live strictly in the now, we will regain the awareness of our being. More so, we will attain liberation from the mind. And, thence, comes enlightenment.

Recommended for

Anyone who intends undergoing a spiritual evolution needs to get his hands on “The Power of Now”. Also, this book will help immensely anyone who wishes to understand the Buddhist philosophy of enlightenment.

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THE ART OF POWER– Thich Nhat Hanh

Description

The Vietnamese Buddhist Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh teaches us the best understanding of power. In this book, “The Art of Power” Nhat Hanh shows how to activate true power from within. As such, he reveals that whatever it is that we seek, that we already have within us.

This book will reshape how you feel about power, success, ambition, peace, love, and happiness. As a result, you will wake up each morning and engage in more meaningful living. Although, the book explains the philosophy behind power. It is also very practical and inspirational. Thus, you will live each knowing how to deal with the issue facing you.

Power is one of the central parts of all our existence. This is whether we acknowledge it or not. Of course, all of us exercise power in a lot of ways and any action we take affects our world in one way or another. However, our society has instilled in us the mentality of “me-first’. And, this affects our choices and decisions without us noticing. We end up struggling for authority and control. But, then, we lose true happiness.

“The Art of Power” challenges this mentality and shows the way to reach the true power that we have within. Therefore, with practical steps, direct languages, and anecdotes, this book tells us that power should be for our happiness and that of others.

Recommended for

This book would be great for everyone who wishes to use mindfulness in accessing the power within. Also, anyone that wishes to learn more about power and how to control it should have this book. “The Art of Power” targets the influential and powerful people teaching the value of true power.

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ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE: An Inquiry Into Values – Robert M. Pirsig

Description

Are you searching for a book that goes deep into the philosophy of life? “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” is an influential book that examines how we live. More so, it shows how we can live better through powerful meditative practices.

Robert Pirsig narrates a summer motorcycle trip of a father and his son across Northwest America. This is a trip not to forget. Thus, it is full of love, growth, fear, acceptance, and discovery. Through the experience in this journey, we can see the answer to the fundamental questions of life.

This book points out the challenges and confusions abound in life. Similarly, it makes the reader understand the importance of the small but essential triumphs that keeps propelling us. The author narrates in a transcendental and touching tone. As such, this book is a thrilling modern classic.

“Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” may appear deep and complicated. However, with concentration and devoted reading, you will get the wonderful messages the author is passing across.

Recommended for

Anyone who seeks answers to the underlying questions of daily living. More so, if you want to live a better life, this book is for you. Hence, “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” not only contains philosophical teachings, but it also features practical aspects.

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WHY BUDDHISM IS TRUE: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment – Robert Wright

Description

Robert Wright talks about the philosophy behind the practice of Buddhism. Thus, “Why Buddhism is True” goes through psychology and meditation to show how the practice of Buddhism leads to moral clarity and lasting happiness. This book presents the Buddhist philosophy in the subtlest manner.

The author lets us know that the design of our mind is to most times deceive us. As such, we naturally feel so attached to feelings of depression, anxiety, and anger. All these make it difficult for us to attain true happiness. But then, Wright tells us that the best approach to these lies in Buddhism. Where Buddhism teaches the cause of suffering as not clearly seeing the world for what it is. As a result, through meditation and enlightenment, one can become better and live more happily.

This book interprets the Buddhist doctrine using evolutionary psychology and neuroscience. Also, it features silent retreats through which we will understand mindfulness as a base for spiritual living. Wright presents his points clearly with honesty that Buddhism is our way out of the mind’s delusion. More so, that it can save us from ourselves as species and individuals. Thus, Buddhism is true.

Recommended for

Those who want to know the reason why practicing Buddhism is true. Also, this book talks more on meditation and mindfulness as a way to attain enduring happiness. As such, we recommend “Why Buddhism is True” for anyone seeking true peace and happiness.

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IN LOVE WITH THE WORLD: A Monk’s Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying – Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Description

“In Love with the World” is a book that accounts the journey of a Buddhist monk in a near-death experience. The author shares with his readers the life lessons he learned from his experience. Most importantly, the book shows us meditation practices that will help sustain us. As a result, we can change our mindset of death. Thus, we keep the fear of death far and live more joyfully.

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche took his readers on an inspiring journey about his inner life as a Tibetan Buddhist monk. He set out for a journey to face life squarely. As such, the abbot of three monasteries left his comfort zone to spend his life in a wandering street. Of course, the journey was full of challenges, love, inspiration, triumph, and emotions.

This book presents the core Buddhist philosophies in the most comprehensive form. Surely, with the simple language and clarity of tone, you will get every message the author is passing. This is not just a story of the life of the author. Instead, it makes clear how to live life to be in love with the world we found ourselves in.

Recommended for

“In Love with the World” brings answers to the questions you may have on the philosophy of Buddhism. Hence, this is a great read for anyone who has an interest in Buddhist philosophy. On the other hand, anyone who wishes to find meaning to this life should also read this book. By so doing, you will get insight from the life experiences of the author.

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BUDDHA’S BRAIN: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom – Rick Hanson, Ph. D

Description

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. combines the breakthrough of neuroscience and the practice of mindfulness to tell us that we can change the way we see things. Thus, the product of this combination is “Buddha’s Brain”. The book shows us the science of how the flow of thoughts shapes the brain. Therefore, if we can change the way we think, we can change our lives entirely. Hence, with this book, we learn how to strengthen our brain to work in a more positive state.

The author employed guided meditation techniques and mindfulness practices to show how to activate the peace, compassionate, and joyful state of the brain. Surely, this is when we have put aside worry, anger, and sorrow. This will further help to grow our inner confidence and self-worth. Also, we will be able to build a deeper sense of spirituality and a more fulfilling relationship.

By highlighting recent scientific researches, Rick Hanson, Ph.D. teaches how to stimulate the brain. As such, you can improve your positive psychology. This will generally influence the way you live your daily life. Certainly, “Buddha’s Brain” presents practical steps and tools to use and tap into your hidden brain potentials. So, over time, you can reconfigure your brain for a positive lifestyle and personal well-being.

Recommended for

A great book for those seeking to know where mindfulness intersects with neurology and psychology. More so, “Buddha’s Brain” implies how the Buddha changed his brain state to impact the world. So, if you wish to live in happiness, love, and wisdom, you should follow the path in this great book.

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THE TIBETAN BOOK OF LIVING AND DYING: The Spiritual Classic and International Bestseller (25th Anniversary Edition) – Sogyal Rinpoche

Description

A great book on Buddhist philosophy. This is the revised and updated version of the book that presents the Buddhist wisdom. Thus, Sogyal Rinpoche introduces in earnest the teachings of Buddhism through “The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying”.

This book enlightens the reader on the cycle of life and death. More so, it comes with inspiration and comfort. Sogyal Rinpoche is very clear and practical on this Tibetan interplay of life and death. In general, the book leads us through on how to deal with death while we are still alive. Of course, death is inevitable for all of us. Therefore, if we understand how it will surely come, then we ought to live fully with mindfulness.

“The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying” teaches how best to live life. On the other hand, it also shows how best to accept death. With great spiritual insight, you will understand what this cycle of living and dying is all about. More so, it is not only about us dying, but it also touched how to deal with the loss of another.

The philosophy of impermanence and that nothing lasts forever plays out well in this book. Thus, whenever you face the transition between life and death, you will calmly accept the process with peace and courage.

Recommended for

We recommend this book for everyone since living and dying is what we all must face. However, for anyone who is going through the major transition from life to death, this book will come very handy. Also, while this book bases on the Buddhist philosophy, even non-Buddhists will learn a lot from it.

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ZEN GOLF: Mastering the Mental Game– Dr. Joseph Parent

Description

Dr. Joseph Parent brings teachings of concentration and mindfulness from the Zen Tradition to explain the principle behind playing the mental game. As a result, “Zen Golf” provides a way out for those who find it difficult to play the golf game effectively. As such, the author employed the Preparation, Action, and Response to Result approach to achieve a better playing.

Certainly, golf players know that to become good in the game, you need to block out all distractions and focus fully at the moment. And, achieving true concentration and focus is one of the fundamental teachings of Buddhism. Hence, Dr. Parent brings the intersection of the practice of focus and the golf game. Thus, he shows the golf players how to clear up their minds so to play at the moment.

Whether you are a professional golf player or just a beginner, “Zen Golf” will help you to improve your game. Even more, the book contains insight on how best to deal with a bad round of the game.

Generally, this book clearly explains the preparation process of any round of the game, the execution process, and the response to the outcome of any shot. It emphasizes eliminating any form of distraction. Consequently, a golfer will feel confident enough to play better.

Dr. Joseph Parent brings back an ancient Buddhist philosophy and makes it function in the playing of the mental game, golf.

Recommended for

All golf players both amateurs and professionals. Also, “Zen Golf” will help those willing to draw insight into their various fields.

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ESSENTIAL REIKI: A Complete Guide to an Ancient Healing Art– Diane Stein

Description

“Essential Reiki” presents a guide to the ancient art of healing by laying of hands. This art came from the ancient practice of Tibetan Buddhists. Before now, Reiki is a practice kept in the secret among the western world. However, Diane Stein teaches that the art of Reiki healing is for everyone. Thus, she presents a guide to this ancient healing art.

This book will help any practitioner, healer, or teacher of this art to understand and get the guide he requires. Also, this is a good introduction to the art and practice of Reiki. As a result, this book has brought to light some Reiki symbols and teachings hidden from the public for many years. The author revealed this to prove that the healing art of Reiki should be available to all. This is so to help transform the world we live in.

Recommended for

If in any way you wish to grab teaching of the ancient Tibetan art of Reiki, then “Essential Reiki” is here to help you out. Above all, this book is great for teachers, practitioners, and healers making use of Reiki art.

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A PATH WITH HEART: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life– Jack Kornfield

Description

Jack Kornfield brings the teachings of the Buddha and fits it into the modern life of the Western world. Thus, “A Path with Heart” teaches meditation and spiritual development as it fits into our world today.

This book features more practical methods of achieving peace. For example, it includes guided meditation practices, koans, and stories that help to improve spiritual living. The author clearly outlined the challenges of the modern world and provided skillful means of overcoming them. Hence, he shows the readers that there would be trials and obstacles. However, how we handle it is what matters more.

By practicing the steps provided in this book, you will grow in spirituality daily. As such, you will tend to live with understanding and happiness as each day passes. Thus, even while everything is changing rapidly in our world, we can still live in satisfaction.

“A Path with Heart” touches so many aspects of living. These include compassion, emotions, psychology, relationships, addiction, sexuality, simplicity of living, and more that concerns the modern world.

Recommended for

we recommend this book for anyone in modern society who feels like everything is happening too fast to cope with. Also, for everyone who wishes to see how the Buddhist philosophy can apply to our world today.

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Last Note

This page contains the best books on Buddhist philosophy. That is to say, the books listed here will help anyone who wants to understand and apply the ancient teachings of Buddhism. Thus, as you go through the descriptions of what each book talks about, you can easily pick the one you wish to go through.

Note that the list goes in no particular order. Hence, each book has an area of concentration. Therefore, you are choosing depending on which appeals to you.