Dharma Punx, by Noah Levine
The inspiring book that chronicles Noah’s life and gives the group its name; if you’re interested in Dharma Punx you gotta read this book!
A Gradual Awakening, by Stephen Levine
Excellent introduction to mindfulness meditation by Noah’s dad
Buddhism: A Concise Introduction, by Huston Smith and Philip Novak
A great overview of the history of Buddhism.
Unattended Sorrow, by Stephen Levine
Noah’s dad’s latest book.
The Udana and the Itivuttaka, Translated by John D. Ireland
The Udana is a wonderful collection of short stories followed by a verse. Wise, interesting and excellent for meditative reflection. See Guidelines for Reading the Suttas.
[Available for sale at www.pariyatti.com; and online atwww.accesstoinsight.org]
The Mind Like Fire Unbound: An Image in the Early Buddhist Discourses, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)
Describes Nirvana (well, makes an attempt anyway) and what one must do to attain it according to the Suttas. Also puts the phrase in historical context so that you know a bit more about what the Buddha achieved and what he meant for others to achieve.
[Available online at www.accesstoinsight.org]
Noble Strategy: Essays on the Buddhist Path, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)
Presents views on basic elements in the Buddhist path — the attitudes, concepts, and practices that lead to total freedom for the mind.
[Available online as separate articles atwww.accesstoinsight.org]
Buddha, by Karen Armstrong
An excellent, powerfully written (and relatively short) biography of the Buddha.
An End to Suffering: the Buddha in the World, by Pankaj Mishra
Weaves together politics, travel, biography and philosophy in a quest to understand Buddha’s life and teachings.
For a Future To Be Possible: Commentaries on the Five Mindfulness Trainings, by Thich Nhat Hanh
Great expanded reflections on The Five Precepts by one of the world’s leading Buddhist teachers
Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom, by Joseph Goldstein
Key teachings, favorite stories, and answers to commonly asked questions about insight meditation by the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society.
Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha, by Tara Brach
Excellent and very accessible introduction to Buddhist practice by the founder and senior teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, D. C.
Small Boat, Great Mountain by Ajahn Amaro
Josh: “Those finding the suttas difficult to interpret might want to sneak a peek at Ajahn Amaro’s awe-inspiring Small Boat, Great Mountain, which has served as a guide for me during my rereadings of the Udana. The second chapter, The Place of Nonabiding, will blow your mind.”
[Available for free as a PDF at abhayagiri.org]