Last night I finished teaching an “Introduction to Meditation” evening course (in French) for the University of Ottawa’s Center for Continuing education. I really enjoyed that and I’m looking forward to doing this again next year.
I wrote some notes for the students about the basic instructions on the practice of mindfulness. Included in those notes was a minimalist bibliography of recommended books that covered some of the basics in:
- meditation instructions
- the theory and practice of Buddhism
- a range of Buddhist traditions
and preferably available also in French.
This is the list I came up with:
- Bhante Guranatana – Mindfulness in Plain English (on-line version)
(commercial, expanded edition version)
- Thich Nhat Hanh – The Heart of the Buddha’s Teachings
- Ajahn Sumedo – The Mind and the Way
- Mathieu Ricard – Happiness
- Damien Keown – Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction
- Sharon Salzberg – Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness
- Sylvia Boorstein – Pay attention, for goodness’ sake: Practicing the perfections of the heart—the Buddhist path of kindness
In retrospect, I would have done well to add a few more:
Don’t ask me why I don’t have Jack Kornfields “A Path with Heart” or Kabat-Zinn’s “Wherever You go There You Are” on the list – I’m quite sure I can’t explain that. They just don’t seem to be books I go back to or that have stayed with me.