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Meditation Books, CDs, and DVDs

A selection of what we consider to be the best books and courses (including CDs and DVDs) by respected teachers on meditation for beginners wanting to learn how to meditate.

We also have books offering instruction for those experienced buddhist practitioners seeking further guidance in mindfulness (breathing) and insight (vipassana) meditation.

Whether for health reasons or as part of your spiritual practice, the benefits of meditation have been well documented. These resources can help you to establish and develop a meditation practice that supports a sane and balanced lifestyle.

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Dharma Bums Lojong Books Meditation Courses Pema Chodron New Meditation Books
Sakyong Mipham
 

Dharma Bums, Ancient & Modern



Weekly quotes (from the books listed below) posted on Facebook and Twitter.

Suggestions for additional books are welcome -- send to samadhistore@gmail.com

Dharma Bum quote 7-2-2014

Tassajara, 1969
 
Even Buddha is lost in this land
the immensity
takes us all with it, pulverizes, & takes us in
 
Bodhidharma came from the west.
Coyote met him.
 
Diane di Prima, from The Beat Book

White Tara

Lojong Books


In the mahayana tradition we experience a sense of gentleness toward ourselves, and a sense of friendliness to others begins to arise. That friendliness or compassion is known in Tibetan as nyingje, which literally means "noble heart." We are willing to commit ourselves to working with all sentient beings. But before we actually launch into that project, we first need a lot of training.

The obstacle to becoming a mahayanist is not having enough sympathy for others and for oneself--that is the basic point. And that problem can be dealt with by practical training, which is known as lojong practice, "training the mind." That training gives us a path, a way to work with our crude and literal and raw and rugged styles, a way to become good mahayanists.
~ Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving Kindness
by Chögyam Trungpa

Audio/Visual

Meditation Courses


 
Meditation courses (as cds or dvds) offer guided meditation with step-by-step instructions as well as practical insights.

These teachings, by some of today's most gifted Buddhist teachers, can help you begin and maintain your practice of mindfulness meditation. 20% Spring Discount


Sakyong Mipham

Pema Chödrön

Pema Chödrön is widely known for her charming and down-to-earth interpretation of Tibetan Buddhism for Western audiences. Pema studied under the meditation master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and currently studies with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. Pema is the resident teacher at Gampo Abbey, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. We offer a comprehensive selection of her books and recordings of her talks. 20% Spring Discount

Sakyong Mipham

New Meditation Books

 

Some of the latest titles available online.

Chogyam Trungpa Thich Nhat Hanh Sakyong Mipham Health and Healing Tibetan Buddhism
Chogyam Trungpa

Chögyam Trungpa

 
The founder of Shambhala, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1939-1987) was the 11th in the line of Trungpa tulkus of the Kagyu lineage of Tibet.  He was instrumental in bringing the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism to the west, and was renowned for his ability to present the essence of the dharma in language that speaks directly to western students.

Sakyong Mipham

Thich Nhat Hanh

 
Thich Nhat Hanh is a Zen master, scholar, poet, and peace activist.  He lives in Plum Village, his meditation community in France, where he teaches, writes, and gardens.  He leads mindful living retreats worldwide.
  He was nominated by Martin Luther King, Jr. for the Nobel Peace Prize and is the author of over thirty books.


Sakyong Mipham

Sakyong Mipham

The eldest son and spiritual successor of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche  is the holder of the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, as well as the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibet. Educated in Buddhist meditation, philosophy, and ritual, as well as calligraphy, poetry and archery, Sakyong Mipham was raised in both Eastern and Western traditions and is also an accomplished marathon runner. He teaches throughout the world.
Yoga/Health/Chi Kung

Health and Healing

 
The Buddhist perspective on health and healing.



H.H. 17th Gyalwang Karmapa

Tibetan Buddhism

 
Books from the Mahayana and Tantric Tibetan Buddhist tradition on mindfulness and awareness meditation practice; Mahamudra and  Dzogchen;
stages of the path; Lojong mind training; Madhyamaka or Middle-way meditations; and Ngondro and Yidam practices; from the Indian lineage ancestors through to contemporary teachers' instruction on the tradition's application to modern life.


Death and Rebirth Buddhist Music Vegetarian Cookbooks Classic Texts Children's Books
Death and Dying

Death and Rebirth

 
Most of us go to extraordinary lengths to ignore, laugh off, or deny the fact that we are going to die, but preparing for death is one of the most rational and rewarding acts of a lifetime. ~ A Year to Live: How to Live This Year As If it Were Your Last, by Stephen Levine.



Audio/Visual

Buddhist Music

  We carry Buddhist music in several styles, including:
  • Music by dharma teachers
  • Traditional Tibetan chanting and songs
  • Tibetan chanting with modern instrumentation
  • Contemporary dharma songs
  • Soothing instrumental music

Cooking

Vegetarian Cookbooks

 

Our cookbooks include vegetarian cookbooks from dharma centers and guides to mindful eating, as well as the perennial favorites Moosewood and Enchanted Broccoli Forest.  Nepali and Tibetan cookbooks include traditional meat dishes.

Classic Texts

Classic Texts

  • A selection of sutras - the original teachings of the Buddha - and commentaries on them
  • A variety of translations of the Dhammapada
  • Life stories of the Buddha and Jataka Tales
  • Essential texts in the Mahayana and Zen traditions
  • Practical books of meditation instruction

Children

Children

  • traditional Buddhist stories for children
  • Buddhist and contemplative art for children
  • guides for Buddhist families


Interfaith Mindfulness Meditation Other Selections
Dharma For Today

Interfaith Meditation Books

 
Buddhist / Christian meditation.


Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation

 
Books on Mindfulness Meditation from a wide variety of traditions and disciplines, including Zen, Kyudo, Tibetan Buddhism.


Dharma For Today

Other Selections

 
Meditation instruction and dharma teachings from many of today's leading Buddhist teachers.



 

 

 
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