I have created live links to Amazon where you can see the books listed below. However, I am a big fan of local economies and the communities they sustain. You may choose to purchase these at your local book seller or find them in your library. 


Shambhala International, a meditation community with centers throughout North America and the world. Students practice Tibetan Buddhist meditation, a shamatha/vispasanna style of meditation from which one develops a strong, stable, and clear mind. Shambhala presents the profound teachings of the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.


Dharma Ocean is the practice center founded by Reggie Ray. He teaches Meditating with the Body, a style of meditation founded on somatic meditation practices.


The Posture of Meditation, Will Johnson   

The best small book on the sitting posture of meditation.


Shambhala: the Sacred Path of the Warrior,  Chogyam Trungpa   

A great introduction to the vision of Chogyam Trungpa.


Touching Enlightenment, Reggie Ray 

A good introduction to embodied meditation practice and the significance of somatic experience.

Full Catastrophe Living, Jon Kabat-Zinn

An inspired introduction to meditation.


Indestructible Truth and Secret of the Vajra World, Reggie Ray

Together, a succinct overview of the path and practice of Tibetan Buddhism.

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, Sogyal Rinpoche

Another great overview of Tibetan Buddhism.

Meditation books and cushions:


Five Element Acupuncture


Nourishing Destiny, Lonny Jarrett  

A technical but thorough look at Five Element acupuncture.

Plant Spirit Medicine, Eliot Cowan

An overview of working with plant spirit energy.



The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, Third Edition, Michael Murray and Joseph Pizzorno

A naturopathic, research-based resource book describing our most common health concerns and how to diagnose and treat them at home. 

Grief and Beauty: the Smell of Rain on Dust, Martin Prechtel   

A superb introduction to the experience of grief.

Daring Greatly, Brene Brown

A thorough look at the experience of shame.