What are pleasant books about Buddhism and the teachings of The Buddha? Read on for our best Buddhist books recommendations for adults and children…

A list of the best books on Buddhism

For anyone looking to delve into Buddhist teachings, this list of the best books on Buddhism is a great place to start. We start our recommendations with the top 10 best books about Buddhism of all time. This list has been updated this year, including all the recent titles.

Best Books About BuddhismAuthor
The Way of the Bodhisattva Shantideva
Buddhism in Ten: Easy Lessons for Spiritual GrowthAnnellen M. Simpkins
The Beginner’s Guide to Zen BuddhismJean Smith
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: 50th Anniversary EditionShunryū Suzuki
Buddhism Plain and SimpleSteve Hagen
Buddhism for Beginners: All You Need to Start Your JourneyDr Richard Johnson
Being Upright: Zen Meditation and Bodhisattva PreceptsReb Anderson
The Wise Heart:Jack Kornfield
Buddhism: The BasicsCathy Cantwell
Zen Ritual Steven Heine

The updated top 10 list: the best books about Buddhism

Buddhism: Beginner’s Guide to Understanding & Practicing Buddhism to Become Stress and Anxiety Free (Buddhism, Mindfulness, Meditation, Buddhism For Beginners)

Buddhism is drawing more and more attention nowadays, and this book will help you understand what the principles of Buddhism are and how to practice it. This guidebook is extremely handy for beginners.

The Little Book of Buddhist Mindfulness & Concentration (The Little Books on Buddhism) (Volume 5)

Buddhist think differently of mindfulness and attention than what has become the Western version of those two aspects. Let Eric Van Horn fill you in on those differences and how mindfulness and concentration influence one and another.

The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation

We are a big fan of Thich Nhat Hanh and the wisdom he spreads. Find out what Buddhism really is and what it can mean for daily life.

Chakras for Beginners & Buddhism for Beginners: Bundle, 2 Books in 1: Innovative Guide to Balance and Unblocking the Chakras and the Complete Guide on Buddhism

This set includes two books: one on chakras and one on Buddhism. Both are aimed at those who want to begin with either or both of them. Discover what chakras have to do with your overall health and let ‘Buddhism for Beginners’ shine a light on the effect of Buddhist practices.

The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living

The Dalai Lama is a familiar face on many top ten book lists. His joy is contagious and his spiritual leadership emphasizes on the importance of happiness in life, no matter what.

The Essence of Buddha: The Path to Enlightenment

If you find that most books on Buddhism are written only to confuse you, then we think ‘The Essence of Buddha’ might be a better option on this subject for you. This guidebook will show the path to enlightenment in simple and clear words for everyone.

Buddhist Ritual Art of Tibet: A Handbook on Ceremonial Objects and Ritual Furnishings in the Tibetan Temple

If Tibetan ritual Art is of interest to you, you might want to check out this book by Michael Henss. There are objects in the ‘Buddhist Ritual Art of Tibet’ that you have never seen anywhere else. This book is well-worth your money.

The Good Heart: A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings of Jesus

What happens when the Teaching of Jesus are looked at from the perspective of a Buddhist? That is exactly the question that is answered in this second book by the Dalai Lama on this top ten list.

Already Free: Buddhism Meets Psychotherapy on the Path of Liberation 

This book is the perfect reflection on wanting to achieve the same goal with different roads to take. One road is Buddhism, the other is psychology. This is East meets West at its best.

The Buddhist on Death Row: How One Man Found Light in the Darkest Place

Jarvis Jay Masters’ life didn’t start out to well, and eventually he ended up on death row. Here he discovered the healing effects of mindfulness and meditation. You will be surprised by how this discovery changed Jarvis’ life, even though he was still in prison.

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