Top 10 List of Best Buddhist Books
As there is a tide in the western world to know Buddhism and meditation, this hub was written by keeping those western people in mind. These are the best Buddhism books which will explain the basic principles of Buddhism and path to the peace and freedom in mind in an understandable and simple way. I am proud to be a Buddhist by birth and practice and hope the others too will learn the simple life style (the Middle Way) that Buddha has taught and use it for the utmost joy.
When preparing and sorting the list I used the Amazon best sellers and my opinion regarding the books.
heart of buddhas teaching
Best Buddhism Books No1 :The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching
Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation.
Author: Thich Nhat Hanh
Thich Nhat Hanh is one among the best authors who could explain the complex concepts of Buddhism in simple terms and easy to understand style. He himself being an active practitioner of Buddhism, he explains core concepts of Buddhism, and how we can apply them to our day to day lives. The book covers Four Nobel Truths, the Nobel Eight Fold Path, the Three Doors of liberation, the Three Dhamma Seals and the Seven Factors of Awakening etc. The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh probably may be the best Buddhist book (and the bestseller in Amazon) to learn the Buddha’s teaching.
Best Buddhism Books No 2: Peace Is Every Step
The path of mindfulness in everyday life.
Author : Thich Nhat Hanh
Our No2 of the list too is a nicely written book by Thich Nhat Hanh, the Zen master teacher and the writer. Why we list this in the best Buddhism books is not only due to its simple language but it also explains how we can use Buddhism in our everyday life to achieve the utmost peace in mind. The simple practices explained here will help you achieve peace and freedom in mind. You can practice the simple exercises while you are working, driving, eating and even in breathing. Only by changing the “mindless” way we used to do those things into a “mindful” way.
Best Buddhism Books No 3 : How to Practice
The Way to a Meaningful Life
Author : His holiness the Dalai Lama
The third in our best Buddhism books list is a book by the most respected Buddhist monk today, his holiness the Dalai Lama. According to him the ability achieve the fulfillment of life is within each of us. In this book, the Nobel Peace Price winner and the best selling Buddhism books author shows us the path to the enlightenment. This book will be a constant companion to keep with you which will teach how to open your heart, avoid doing harm and keep the mental tranquility. How to overcome everyday obstacles like anger, jealousy and mistrust and counter productive thinking. This is essentially a Buddhist hand book.
Best Buddhism Books No 4 :Buddhism Plain and Simple
Author : Steve HagenThe forth in our list is Buddhism Plain and Simple by Steve Hagen. This will be a quite a good introductory guide to a Buddha and his original teaching. Because, most of the times we see books which embark more on the rituals than the teaching. The book is written in very simple language, but for the beginners it is recommended to read about a page a day. Though it seems simple in the outset there is a big theory behind, so take you time and allow the content to digest before you move on.
Best Buddhism Books No 5 :What the Buddha Taught
Author : Ven Walpola Rahula Theoro
The fifth in our best Buddhism books list and the first about Theravada Buddhism, is a book written by my fellow Sri Lanka Walpola Rahula Thero. This is the only book available in our list regarding the Theravada Buddhism. This is not a book for somebody new to Buddhism but for the educated and intelligent reader. The Author being a monk and a true practitioner of Buddhism, has done a great service to Buddhism by translating many original Suttas and Dammapada from ‘Pali” the original language in which Buddhism has been written.
Best Buddhism Books No 6 :Buddhism for Beginners
Author : Thubten Chodron
The sixth in out list is a beginner’s guide to Buddhism by a Tibetan Buddhism teacher Thubten Chodron. The book explains Buddhism and many misconceptions around it.
Best Buddhism Books No 7 :Mindfulness in Plain English
Author : Ven Bhante Henapola Gunaratana Thero
This is one of the bestselling Buddhism books on mediation and one of the most influential books on mindfulness. This book is again by a Sri Lankan monk. They are doing an absolutely marvelous job in spreading the word of Buddha’s teaching.
Best Buddhism Books No 8 : Food for the Heart
The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah
Author : Ajahn Chah, Ajahn Amaro, Jack Kornfield
Ajahn Chah was Thailand’s best known meditation teacher. He is famous for the beauty and the simplicity of his teaching. He is a very influential figure in introducing mediation to European and American people. Most of his teachings were available in private editions and this publication makes his thoughts of wisdom accessible for many readers. Earlier western teachers like, Ram Dass and Jack Kornfield have extolled Chah’s teaching to Western world and now the people can directly read them from this book.
Best Buddhism Books No 9 :The Art of Happiness
A Handbook of Living
Author : His holiness the Dalai Lama, Howard Cutler
Another classic by Dalai Lama and the second in our Best Buddhist books list. Dalai Lama, The Nobel price winner and the Tibetan spiritual leader, says the that happiness is the purpose of life and he describes how to achieve it. Everybody wants to be happy but how to be happy is always the question. Dalai Lama answers it with the help of Howard Cutler, the psychiatrist.
Best Buddhism Books No 10 :Buddhism for Mothers
A Calm Approach to Caring to yourself and your Children
Author : Sarah Napthali
Becoming a mother is the second birth for women. The lot of the things, the body, the relationships, daily work routine changes drastically. The book teaches how to handle them and how to handle them with joy. The book is about parenting in Buddhism’s perspective. It explains how to get the most of the joy by being with the kids and how can that be done with the least anger. How can mothers handle the changed relationships with their partners, friends and family using Buddhist perspectives.