- Some personal favourites (mostly books) spanning various wisdom traditions from all over the world...
TAOISM / ZEN / BUDDHISM:
TAO TE CHING: A New English Version, with Foreword and Notes, translated by STEPHEN MITCHELL
-the book which opened me up to Eastern philosophy. Gifted to me over 20 years ago while backpacking in New Mexico, it's one of the few books I've held onto all this time, and have read over & over...A treasure!
ZEN MIND, BEGINNER'S MIND - SHUNRYU SUZUKI
- arguably the best book on Zen - especially for beginners! (and really who isn't?)
SALTWATER BUDDHA - JAIMAL YOGIS
ALL OUR WAVES ARE WATER - JAIMAL YOGIS
- beautiful, poetic & inspiring memoirs of a fascinating life path, weaving in Zen philosophy, surf wisdom, Buddhist meditation, love, life, travel, and the enchantment of the ocean...I have read Saltwater Buddha multiple times & still love it.
MOST INTIMATE: A ZEN APPROACH TO LIFE'S CHALLENGES - ROSHI PAT ENKYO O'HARA
Down to earth, practical, wise & rooted in life experience.
HARDCORE ZEN / ZEN WRAPPED IN KARMA DIPPED IN CHOCOLATE - BRAD WARNER
- Brad Warner is an American, ordained as a Zen master in Japan, & writes in a super-accessible & often very funny way about Zen - I appreciate the authenticity, knowledge worn lightly, & directness & humour. His youtube channel is full of great talks too.
TARA BRACH - Tara has written some lovely books but it's her talks - on youtube here - which I find particularly heartening, informative and - again - also very funny at times. Down-to-earth and deeply compassionate, gentle, calm energy...Enjoy!
In a similar vein, I highly recommend PEMA CHODRON's books if you aren't already familiar with her work!
YOGA: some personal favourites (as opposed to the standard/classic texts)
BRINGING YOGA TO LIFE - DONNA FARHI
YOGA OF THE SUBTLE BODY - TIAS LITTLE
YOGA: THE SPIRIT & PRACTICE OF MOVING INTO STILLNESS - ERICH SCHIFFMANN
THE RADIANCE SUTRAS: 112 Gateways to the Yoga of Delight - translated by LORIN ROCHE
THE YOGA SUTRA: A BIOGRAPHY - DAVID GORDON WHITE -Highly recommended if you are seriously interested in yoga philosophy & not overly attached to the received wisdom about certain texts...
INDIGENOUS HEALING TRADITIONS, SACRED FEMININE & OTHER INTERESTING READS
Woman Who Glows In The Dark: - Elena Avila (modern-day Aztec curandera) with Joy Parker
Sastun: My Apprenticeship With A Maya Healer - Rosita Arvigo
Shakti Woman - Vicki Noble - reclaiming feminine power and spirituality & retracing its roots & historic oppression
The Bowl of Light: Ancestral Wisdom from a Hawaiian Shaman - Hank Wesselman
Welcome Home / Soul Retrieval / anything else by Sandra Ingerman!
Food of the Gods: A Radical History of Plants, Drugs and Human Evolution - Terence McKenna. How plants have deeply shaped human consciousness & types of society over the millennia.
The Mastery of Love - Don Miguel Ruiz. Very wise & insightful book on love & relationships & how our knots are formed & can be untangled!
Science and Spiritual Practices: Reconnecting Through Direct Experience - Rupert Sheldrake
The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible - Charles Eisenstein
The Body Keeps The Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma - Bessel Van Der Kolk
Gabor Mate - start by watching this talk "When The Body Says No..." (also the name of one of his books)