Recommended Books

Recommended Books

Introduction to Insight Meditation

Gil Fronsdal, The Issue at Hand

book image Joseph Goldstein, The Experience of Insight

Richard Shankman, The Art and Skill of Buddhist Meditation

Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mindfulness for Beginners

Further Reading on Insight Meditation

Sharon Salzberg, A Heart As Wide as the World: Stories on the Path of Lovingkindness

Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life

Jack Kornfield, After the Ecstasy, the Laundry: How the Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual Path

The Path of Mindfulness

Joseph Goldstein, Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening

Nyanaponika Thera, The Heart of Buddhist Meditation: The Buddha’s Way of Mindfulness

Gil Fronsdal, Unhindered: A Mindful Path Through the Five Hindrances

Sayadaw U Tejaniya, When Awareness Becomes Natural

Analayo, Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization

The Buddhist Path

Bhante Gunaratana, Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness: Walking the Buddha’s Path

Bhikkhu Bodhi, The Noble Eightfold Path: Way to the End of Suffering


Leigh Brasington, Right Concentration: A Practical Guide to the Jhanas

Richard Shankman, The Experience of Samadhi: An In-depth Exploration of Buddhist Meditation


Sharon Salzberg, Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness

Introduction to the Buddha’s Teachings

Gil Fronsdal, The Dhammapada

Gil Fronsdal, The Buddha Before Buddhism: Wisdom from the Early Teachings

Bhikkhu Bodhi, In the Buddha’s Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon

Susan Murcott, The First Buddhist Women: Poems and Stories of Awakening

Illness and pain

Toni Bernhard, How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness

Shinzen Young, Break Through Pain: A Step-by-Step Mindfulness Meditation Program for Transforming Chronic and Acute Pain

IMC Community

Passing It On: Writing and art by lay practitioners connected with the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California. It demonstrates that helpful teachings can be found in the ordinary lives of lay practitioners.

IMC Library

IMC has a small library behind the meditation hall. The library is available during most of our events for borrowing books. Please be conscientious about returning them to the Book Return box within 4 weeks.

Book donations are welcome. We are accepting books on Theravada Buddhism published within the last ten years. You can place them in the large Book Donation box in the library.