Recommended Reading


Dharma and Buddhist Teachings

Grieving, Death and Dying

Illness and Pain


Buddhist History, Development and Teachings

  • The Buddhist Handbook by John Snelling. Subtitle is “A Complete Guide to Buddhist Schools, Teaching, Practice and History”. Very good overview of history and development of Buddhism.
  • The World of Buddhism by Heinz Bechert and Richard Gombrich, eds. Published by Thames and Hudson Ltd., 1984. Explores the entire 2500 year old history of Buddhism. Includes many photos of Buddhist art and contemporary life in Buddhist countries.
  • Entering the Stream by Samuel Bercholz and Sherab Chodzin Kohn, eds. Published by Shambhala Publications, 1993. Four parts: 1) Life of the Buddha and spread of Buddhism 2) Basic Teachings 3) Teachings of the Great Vehicle (Mahayana) 4) The Tantric Teachings.
  • The Life of the Buddha by Bhikkhu Nanamoli. Published by BPS Pariyatti Editions (Seattle, Washingtion), 2001, contact (originally published by Buddhist Publication Society (Kandy, Sri Lanka), 1992).
  • A History of Indian Buddhism: From Sakyamuni to Early Mahayana by Hirakawa Akira. Published by Motilal Banarsidass (January 1, 2007). Very complete although more academically oriented.
  • The World of Tibetan Buddhism by The Fourteenth Dalai Lama. Published by Wisdom Publications, 1995.
  • Forest Recollections: Wandering Monks in Twentieth-Century Thailand by Kamala Tiyavanich. Published by University of Hawaii Press, 1997.
  • Mahayana Buddhism by Paul Williams. Published by Routledge, 2nd Ed. 2008.

Buddhist Texts and Commentaries