A beautiful book that wrestles with the challenge of self acceptance and the more general challenge of opening to the experience that is already here.
This is a big and substantial book but well worth the reading. It covers a lot of territory but does it with deep understanding based upon over 30 years of teaching and practice. This is a Westerner, a psychologist, a former monk, and a gifted writer.
Shunryu Suzuki: Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind
In good Zen tradition this is a simple and mysteriously complex book. Not straightforward instruction but much poetic challenge. I am reading it for the fourth time and it seems like an entirely new book each time.
Stephen Batchelor: Buddhism without Beliefs
A fabulous short book describing the fundamental principles of Buddhism outside the trappings of its various incarnations as a religion. Here are the basic distillations of Buddha’s teaching that helps inform about the origins of mindfulness practice. The writing is clear and bordering on beautiful.