Desert Island Dharma Books

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:

  1. meditation instructions
  2. the theory and practice of Buddhism
  3. a range of Buddhist traditions

and preferably available also in French.

This is the list I came up with:

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.