Here are a few of our favourite books or online resources – there’s lots to explore!
Download our booklet Introduction to Bright Earth Buddhism
Ocean by Kenneth Tanaka – a general introduction to Buddhism and an introduction to Pureland Buddhism
No-nonsense Buddhism for Beginners by Noah Rasheta – the questions you’ve always wanted to ask. Noah is a secular Buddhist and we’re more devotional here at the temple, but this is still a great place to start.
General books on Buddhism
The Buddha by Karen Armstrong – a great summary of the Buddha’s life story
Buddhism Plain and Smiple by Steve Hagen
Everyday Zen: Love and Work by Charlotte Joko Beck
Any books by Pema Chodron, Thich Nhat Hahn, Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach etc.
Books on Pure Land Buddhism
NEW Coming Home: Refuge in Pureland Buddhism – Satya’s new book on Pureland Buddhism.
Just As You Are: Buddhism for Foolish Beings by Satya Robyn and Kaspalita Thompson
The Promise of Amida Buddha: Honen’s Path to Bliss by Joji Atone
Essential Shin Buddhism: The Path of True Entrusting ed by Alfred Bloom
The Other Buddhism: Amida Comes West by Caroline Brazier
Call of the Infinite: The Way of Shin Buddhism by John Paraskevopoulos
Shin Buddhism: Bits of Rubble Turn Into Gold by Taitetso Unno
River of Fire, River of Water by Taitetso Unno
No Bad Parts by Richard Schwartz – describing Internal Family Systems (the therapy model Satya and Kaspa use) as a personal and spiritual practice. Lots of overlap with Buddhism.
Do try and avoid Amazon if you can whilst buying Dharma books 🙂 – you could try the online version of our local bookshop, the Malvern Book Coop, or Book Depository, or ideally your own local bookshop.