Meditation Resources

Favorite Books & Talks

Since 2015, morning meditation class regulars have been meeting to explore a number of books and talks that we’ve found to be truly valuable to our lives and practices. Here’s what we’ve covered so far:

Michael Singer, The Untethered Soul. A remarkable, unforgettable, always useful book. In fact, we have referred this book so often in classes that people who joined since we read it started a 2nd book group to read it; and we wouldn’t be surprised if a third group forms soon. :)

Joseph Goldstein, Intrinsically Empty, Naturally Radiant: Relative and Ultimate Bodhichitta Part I and Part II. A pair of hour-long, exquisitely beautiful, clear Dharma talks Joseph gave at the Insight Meditation Society Forest Refuge on June 8 and June 12, 2015.

Bruce Tift, Already Free: Buddhism Meets Psychotherapy on the Path of Liberation. We spent a whole year listening to and discussing this remarkable book! The amazon.com description says in part, "Tift...uncovers insights for connecting with authentic experience, releasing behaviors that no longer serve us, enhancing our relationships, and more. 'When we use the Western and Eastern approaches together,' writes Bruce Tift, 'they can help us open to all of life-its richness, its disturbances, and its inherent completeness.’ "

Joseph Goldstein, Right Speech. Given at the Insight Meditation Society Forest Refuge on May 30, 2016. We listened following the election.

Frank Ostaseski, The Five Invitations: What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully. From the description on amazon.com: "The Five Invitations is an exhilarating meditation on the meaning of life and how maintaining an ever-present consciousness of death can bring us closer to our truest selves. As a renowned teacher of compassionate caregiving and the cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project, Frank Ostaseski has sat on the precipice of death with more than a thousand people. ...He distills the lessons gleaned over the course of his career, offering an evocative and stirring guide that points to a radical path to transformation."

You may also be interested in Tara Brach’s 2013 video interview with Frank Ostaseski on a contemplative approach to death and dying. (1 hour) — Heavenly Messengers

Jack Kornfield, Liberation and Mindfulness. Here and now, how the deepening levels of Mindfulness and Loving Awareness can free the heart and mind. Fall Insight Meditation Retreat, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, October 17, 2017. We listened to this in December 2017.

New and Interesting

Robert Wright, Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Enlightenment. Sangha members can’t stop talking about this one! Listen to highlights of Terry Gross’s interview with the author on Fresh Air, Can Buddhist Practices Help Us Overcome The Biological Pull Of Dissatisfaction? From npr.org.

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