Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana clear and humorous explanation of how to meditate and apply your insights in daily life.

Mindfulness – A pratical guide for finding peace in a hectic world by Mark Williams.

Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach. Totally accepting whatever is present in you right NOW. Deeply touching and beautifully written,


The Three Pillars of Zen – teaching, training and enlightenment  by Philip Kapleau.
A classic. Full of powerful  Dharma of the ancient Zen masters.

Joko Beck:  Everyday Zen  en Nothing Special. Most accessible.

Pure Heart, Enlightened Mind – The Life And Letters Of An Irish Zen Saint  by Maura O’Halloran. Diaries and letters of a young Irish-American lady who went to stay in a Japanese monastery in the eighties.

Soko Morinaga: Novice to Master – an ongoing lesson in the extent of my own stupidity. Very funny and insightful, full of wonderful anecdotes about his own training.

Zen mind, beginner’s mind  the zen classic by Japanese-American Zen teacher Shunryu Suzuki.


Buddhism for Dummies  – wonderful overview.

What The Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula – delightfully insightful introduction to Buddhism.

Satipatthana – The Direct Path To Realization by Analayo is a translation and in-depth study of the Buddha’s teaching on the ‘Four Foundations of Mindfulness’, the foundational text to the Vipassana traditions.


Be As You Are – The Essential Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi , edited by David Godman. The sayings of one of India’s most revered sages, on knowing Who You Really Are, and advice on self-enquiry.

Papaji – Interviews, edited by David Godman, on Sri Poonjaji’s life and teachings. Papaji found his Master in Sri Ramana Maharshi and later inspired many Westerners coming to India.

Vaster Than Sky, Greater Than Space – What You Are Before You Became by Mooji – is filled with Mooji’s rare ability to make us discover our true nature as pure awareness, with his renowned clarity, humour and warmth.

I AM THAT – by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj – This is a classic of conversations with a rebellious Guru, pointing out a shortcut to self-realisation to thousands of seekers in the 20th century.