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Best Books on Buddhism

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Interest in Buddhism has been growing expoentially in the last 20 years. There are now dozens of books on Buddhism available for the practitioner, the student or the simply curious, but which ones offer the most comprehensive overview? This list will narrow it down for you.

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The Accidental Buddhist by Dinty W. Moore Report Abuse
Probably the best introductory book to Buddhism I've ever had the pleasure of reading - and incredibly comprehensive, lookinig at all aspects and how they apply to your real life.
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Buddhism Is Not What You Think: Finding Freedom Beyond Beliefs by Steve Hagen Report Abuse
An awesome look at the core foundations of Buddhism and how it can set your mind free.
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Buddha in Your Backpack: Everyday Buddhism for Teens by Franz Metcalf and Monk Song Yonk Report Abuse
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The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh Report Abuse
The beloved Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh gets to the heart of Buddhism as only he can. Clear, simple, and understandable.
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Buddhism Plain and Simple by Steve Hagen Report Abuse
Buddhism Plain and Simple strips Buddhism of all its accessories, all the religious overtones, and shows it exactly as it is, in all it's complex simplicity.
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How to Practice : The Way to a Meaningful Life by Dalai Lama Report Abuse
For those serious in learning the way - why not take the advice of a true expert? Written by the Dali Lama, this guide is informative and written with the compassion and understand that only he can invest.
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Mindfulness in Plain English: Revised and Expanded Edition by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana Report Abuse
Mindfulness is the core of Buddhism - and this books approaches it in a clear and deliniated way that everyone will be able to understand.
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Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism, Revised Edition by John Powers Report Abuse
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Awakening the Buddha Within: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World by Lama Surya Das Report Abuse
An awesome approach to Buddhism for those interested in how it applies to daily life.
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i found this book very inspiring for an understanding of what buddhism means in normal daily life. i could not recommend it highly enough. cheers
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The Buddha in Your Mirror: Practical Buddhism and the Search for Self by Woody Hochswender Report Abuse
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The Story of Buddhism: A Concise Guide to Its History & Teachings by Donald S. Lopez Report Abuse
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Buddhism for Beginners by Thubten Chodron Report Abuse
One of the best books for those new to Buddhism. Buddhism for Beginners gives a comprehensive overview of what it is all about.
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Buddhism: Introducing the Buddhist Experience by Donald W. Mitchell Report Abuse
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How to See Yourself As You Really Are by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Jeffrey, Ph.D. Hopkins Report Abuse
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Zen Buddhism by Daisetz T. Suzuki and William Barrett Report Abuse
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Buddhism: A Concise Introduction by Huston Smith and Philip Novak Report Abuse
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Why I Am a Buddhist: No-Nonsense Buddhism with Red Meat and Whiskey by Stephen T. Asma Report Abuse
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The World of Tibetan Buddhism: An Overview of Its Philosophy and Practice by Thupten Jinpa Report Abuse
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Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening by Stephen Batchelor Report Abuse
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Buddhism For Dummies by Jonathan Landaw and Stephan Bodian Report Abuse
Typical Dummies - this volume covers everything for the merely curious.
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