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Thousands of books have been written and published on Buddhism throughout the world. Some of these books have been extremely helpful in understanding Buddhism in great detail and make for a great reading. However, owing to the large number of books, it is difficult for us to list them all here. What we have tried here is to give you details of books that cover different topics and have been found useful by readers. We know that a number of good books that deserves a mention here have not been included but it is solely because of the reason stated above.

We hope that the books listed below prove tremendously useful and you gain more knowledge than what you expected at the beginning. So, go ahead and pick up the book you think will make for an interesting and informative reading. The knowledge gained at the end will be invaluable.

Zen Buddhism Zen Buddhism
Author : Daisetz T. Suzuki
Publisher : Three Leaves
Description : Well known Zen author D .T. Suzuki presents historical background and overview of different Zen practices.
Simple Buddhism: A Guide to Enlightened Living Simple Buddhism: A Guide to Enlightened Living
Author : Drs. C. Alexander and Annellen Simpkins
Publisher : Tuttle Publishing
Description : The content of the book comprises a history of Buddhism; about its important teaching and themes– the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path; how to apply Buddhism in day today life and an final conclusion.
Essence of Buddhism Essence of Buddhism
Author : Traleg Kyabgon
Publisher : Shambhala
Description : Presents an overview of Buddhist path. The content comprises various meditative approaches of Buddhist practices. Also includes definition of compassion, emptiness, and Buddha-nature, and answers to questions like “Why does Buddhism teach that there is "no self"? Are Buddhist teachings pessimistic? Does Buddhism encourage social passivity?
Buddhism for Busy People: Finding Happiness in an Uncertain World Buddhism for Busy People: Finding Happiness in an Uncertain World
Author : David Michie
Publisher : Allen & Unwin
Description :Presents a man’s sojourn into more spiritual and focussed life by the help of philosophy and actions. The author gives way to distinguish between temperoray pleasures and permanent fulfilment.
Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations
Author : Paul Williams
Publisher : Routledge
Description :A perfect book to explore the Mahayana Tradition. Arguments and assertion occupy a considerable part of the text and are supported by references to primary sources.
Indo-Tibetan Buddhism: Indian Buddhists & Their Tibetan Successors Indo-Tibetan Buddhism: Indian Buddhists & Their Tibetan Successors
Author : David Snellgrove
Publisher : Shambhala
Description :Presents a thorough survey of Buddhism in India and its later foundation and development in Tibet. The period from 8th to 13th century is focussed when the Tibetans were involved in incorporating Buddhist culture with their own. The author uses extensive quotation from original sources, some of which have never been translated into Englishe.
Why Buddhism - Westerners in Search of Wisdom Why Buddhism?: Westerners in Search of Wisdom
Author : Vicki Mackenzie
Publisher : Element Books Ltd
Description :Explores the rise of Buddhism in the western countries
The Great Compassion: Buddhism and Animal Rights The Great Compassion: Buddhism and Animal Rights
Author : Norm Phelps
Publisher : Lantern Books
Description :Presents different strains of Buddhism and the sutras that teach respect for all living beings. The author answers questions like whether Buddhism requires a person to be vegetarian and whether Lord Buddha was himself a vegetarian.
Deities of Tibetan Buddhism: The Zurich Paintings of the Icons Worthwhile to See Deities of Tibetan Buddhism: The Zurich Paintings of the Icons Worthwhile to See
Author : Martin Willson
Publisher : Wisdom Publications
Description :A detailed book for Tibetan images of enlightenment
Shifting Worlds, Changing Minds: Where the Sciences and Buddhism Meet Shifting Worlds, Changing Minds: Where the Sciences and Buddhism Meet
Author : Jeremy W. Hayward
Publisher : Shambhala
Description : The book suggests that both Buddhism and science offer strong insights into human nature that can aid in bringing changes in our lives and society.
Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment
Author : Deepak Chopra
Publisher : HarperSan Francisco
Description : A fiction that segregates the life of prince Siddharta into three portions : one where about the young Siddharta and the decision of his father to keep him in isolation, second where he comes face to face with sufferings and abandons his leisurely lifestyle to become a monk. The thrid and the final part sees him attaining enlightenment. A question answer section in end provides info on basic tenets of Buddhism.
Living Dharma Living Dharma
Author : Jack Kornfield
Publisher : Shambhala
Description : The author offers Buddhist practices as preached by 12 highly renowned masters from southeast Asia. Given are different varieties of meditation techniques and practices that takes one to the realisation of nirvana. The book also offers an introduction to the fundasmental tenets of Buddhism.
Buddha Is as Buddha Does: The Ten Original Practices for Enlightened Living Buddha Is as Buddha Does: The Ten Original Practices for Enlightened Living
Author : Surya Das
Publisher : HarperSanFrancisco
Description : Offers both a novice and experienced seeker Buddha’s advice or guidelines for living a life filled with joy, clarity, peace and wisdom.
The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya (Teachings of the Buddha)
Author : Bhikkhu Nanamoli
Publisher : Wisdom Publications
Description : This translation, as per scholars, is the most trustworthy source of all original preachings given by historical Buddha.
How to Meditate: A Practical Guide How to Meditate: A Practical Guide
Author : Kathleen McDonald
Publisher : Wisdom Publications
Description : Introductory guide to meditation
The Dhammapada The Dhammapada (Classics of Indian Spirituality)
Author : Eknath Easwaran
Publisher : Nilgiri Press;
Description : The author offers a summary to the life of the Buddha and the principle tenets of his thought, including important concepts such as dharma, karma, and nirvana.
The Diamond Sutra: Transforming the Way We Perceive the World The Diamond Sutra: Transforming the Way We Perceive the World
Author : Mu Soeng
Publisher : Wisdom Publications
Description : Mu Soeng version of one of the most important Mahayana text. It offers elaborate introduction to the beginning of the Buddhist sutras and trace their development until the advent of the Diamond Sutra. The author also explains why Zen Buddhists give so much importance to Diamond Sutra.
The Ajanta Caves: Ancient Paintings of Buddhist India The Ajanta Caves: Ancient Paintings of Buddhist India
Author : Benoy K. Behl
Publisher : Thames & Hudson
Description : The author provides information on Ajanta paintings and techniques used to carve the animated reliefs. Perfect for anyone wanting to undertake a trip to the caves or simply know about them.
Japanese Buddhism : A Cultural History Japanese Buddhism : A Cultural History
Author : Yoshiro Tamura and Jeffrey Hunter
Publisher : Kosei Publishing Company
Description : Traces the development of Buddhism in Japan right from the time it entered the country to present day when Japanese Buddhism is unique in the world. It offers insight into Japana, Buddhism and the relationship netween the two.
Cambodian Buddhism: History And Practice Cambodian Buddhism: History And Practice
Author : Ian Charles Harris
Publisher : University of Hawaii Press
Description : Offers history and development of Buddhism in Cambodia. Also offers similarities and differences with other similar traditions – Thai and Sri Lankan Theravada Buddhism.

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