We recommend these books to anyone interested in meditation.
None of these are detailed manuals of technique; for that we recommend our internet course or evening classes. Instead, they are companions on the path. The technique of meditation is fairly simple. The implications for life are vast, and that is the subject of these books.
Clicking on a title or cover image takes you to a page with a more detailed description and links to buy on-line.
Discovering the Mind of Dzogchen
This book, by Aro Lamas, is an inspiring exploration of meditation from the Aro perspective. It covers the same material as our courses, but in greater depth.
A friendly and accessible introduction to meditation, approached through relaxation and breathing exercises, written by an Aro Lama.
A series of short, simple, and informal talks on meditation which are nevertheless luminous and profound.
And the Path of Loving Kindness
A clear introduction, written in a warm and encouraging style. Pema Chödrön shows how through meditation we can make friends with ourselves and thereby relieve our suffering and that of others.
Self-Knowledge and Inner Peace Through Meditation
An easy-to-read discussion of meditation from a perspective that speaks to Western psychological understanding, yet stays true to Buddhist principles.
Meditation for Compassion and Self-Healing
A sequel to Openness Mind, this book goes on to cover breathing exercises, mantra, and visualisation.
You may also be interested in our larger section on recommended Buddhism books. Most of these also cover meditation, including methods that are not discussed in the books here.