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A suggested list for reference and further reading:

MODERN DAY TEACHINGS
  • The Vision and Other Essays; Namgyal Rinpoche, compiled and edited by Margaret Aboud
  • Unfolding Through Art; Namgyal Rinpoche, edited by Karma Chime Wongmo
  • The Song of Awakening; Namgyal Rinpoche, edited by Karma Chime Wongmo
  • The Dome of Heaven: Speculations on an Awakening Universe; Namgyal Rinpoche, edited by Cecilie Jones
  • The Womb of Form; Namgyal Rinpoche, edited by Christopher Stevens
  • Glimmerings of the Mystical Life; Namgyal Rinpoche, edited Margaret Morris
  • The Path of Victory; Namgyal Rinpoche, edited by Sonam Senge
  • The Breath of Awakening; Namgyal Rinpoche, edited by Karma Chime Wongmo
  • The Womb, Karma, and Transcendence; Namgyal Rinpoche, edited by karma Chime Wongmo
  • Body, Speech and Mind; Namgyal Rinpoche, edited by Cecilie Kwiat
  • A Body of Truth; Namgyal Rinpoche; edited by Rab Wilkie, Leslie Hamson and Karma Chime Wongmo
  • Altrusim, Contemplations for the Scientific Age; Sonam Senge
  • Virtue as the Path; Sonam Senge
  • Wild Awakening; Dzogchen Ponlop
  • Mind Beyond Death; Dzogchen Ponlop
  • Gentle Bridges: Conversations with the Dalai Lama on the Science of Mind; Jeremy W. Hayward Ph.D. and Francisco J. Varela Ph.D.
  • The Universe in a Single Atom: the Convergence of Science and Spirituality; the Dalai Lama
  • Mind and Life: Discussions with the Dalai Lama on the Nature of Reality; P. L. Luisi and Zara Houshmand
  • Buddhism and Science; the Dalai Lama
  • Living With the Devil: A meditation on Good and Evil: Stephen Batchelor
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance; Robert Persig
  • Leaves of Grass; Walt Whitman
  • Instinct for Freedom: Finding Liberation Through Living; Alan Clements


BUDDHISM
Reference:
  • The Buddhist Dictionary: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines; Nyanatiloka (see links)
  • The Pali - English Dictionary, by T.W. Phys Davids and William Stede (see links)
  • A Dictionary of the Pali Language; by Robert Caesar Childers (Buddha Sasana Council Press, Rangoon, 1974)
  • English-Pali Dictionary; by Aggamahapandita A.P. Buddhadatta Mahathera
  • Dictionary of Buddhism; by Damien Keown


Theravaden:
      Suttas
  • The Long Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Digha Nikaya, translated by Maurice Walshe
  • The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: A New Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya, translated by Bhikkhu Nanamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi
  • The Connected Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Samyutta Nikaya; translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi
  • The Path of Discrimination (Patisambhidamagga); translated by Bhikkhu Nanamoli
  • The Dhammapada: Pali Text and Translation with Stories and Brief and Notes; by Narada Thera
  • In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon; edited and introduced by Bhikkhu Bodhi


      Translations and Commentaries
  • The Path of Purification (Visuddhimagga), by Bhadantacariya Buddhaghosa, translated by Bhikkhu Nanamoli
  • Buddhist Meditation in Theory and Practice; by Paravahera Vajiranana Mahathera
  • Great Disciples of the Buddha; Nyanaponika Thera and Hellmuth Hecker
  • The Life of the Buddha; translations by Bhikkhu Ņanamoli
  • Manual of Abhidhamma; Mahathera Narada, Buddhist Publication Society
  • A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma: The Abhidhammattha Sangaha; translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi, Buddhist Publication Society
  • The Vimuttimagga: the Path of Freedom; Buddhist Publication Society
  • The Wheel Series (Volumes 1-5); Buddhist Publication Society
  • The Path of Serenity and Insight; Henepola Gunaratana
  • The Seven Stages of Purification and the Insight Knowledges; venerable Mahathera Matara Sri Nanarama
  • The Manuals of Dhamma; Ledi Sayadaw
  • Abhidhamma Studies: Researches in Buddhist Psychology; Nyanaponika Thera
  • A History of Buddhist Philosophy: Continuities and Discontinuities; David J. Kalupahana


Tibetan:
      Sutras
  • Mother of the Buddhas: Meditation on the Prajnaparamita Sutra; Lex Hixon
  • A Treasury of Mahayana Suttas; translated by Garma C.C. Chang
  • The Buddhacarita or Acts of the Buddha; E. H. Johnston
  • The Mahamudra: Eliminating the Darkness of Ignorance; written by the Ninth Karmapa Wang-Ch'ug Dor-Je translated and edited by Alexander Berzin
  • Mipam; Lama Yongden and illustrated by Roger Williams
  • Mahamudra: the Quintessence of Mind and Meditation; Takpo Tashi Namgyal, translated and annotated by Labsang P. Lhalungpa


      Tantras
  • Sky Dancer: The Secret Life and Songs of the Lady Yeshe Tsogyal; translated by Kenneth Dowman
  • Dakini Teachings: Padmasambhava's Oral Instructions to Lady Tsogyal; translated by Eric Pema Kunsang
  • Guide to Dakini Land; Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
  • Vajrayogini, Her Visualizations, Rituals and Forms; Elisabeth English
  • The Cult of Tara: Magic and Ritual in Tibet; Stephan Beyer
  • Tantric Mysticism of Tibet; John Blofeld
  • The Diamond Light: An Introduction to Tibetan Buddhist meditations; compiled by Janice Dean Willis
  • Creation and Completion: Essential Points of Tantric Meditation; Jamgon Kongtrul, translated and introduced by Sarah Harding, with a commentary by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche
  • Yoga of the Guhyasamajatantra; Alex Wayman
  • The Concealed Essence of the Hevajra Tantra with Commentary; Yogaratnamala, translated into English and edited by G. W. Farrow and I. Menon
  • Shrichakrasambhara Tantra: Tantric Texts; under general editorship of Arthur Avalon
  • Kalachakra Tantra: Rite of Initiation; Tenzin Gyatso, the Dalai Lama, edited, translated and introduced by Jeffrey Hopkins
  • Sublime Path to Kechara Paradise; commentary by Sermey Khensur Lobsang Tharchin
  • The Buddha's Lions: the Lives of the Eighty-Four Siddhas; translated by James B. Robinson
  • The Tibetan Book of the Dead: the Great Liberation Through Hearing in the Bardo, a New Translation with Commentary; Francesca Fremantle and Chogyam Trungpa
  • The Wheel of Sharp Weapons; Dharma Rakshita, with commentary by Geshey Ngawang Dhargyey
  • The Rain of Wisdom; translated by the Nalanda Translation Committee under the direction of Chogyam Trungpa


      Commentaries
  • The Torch of Certainty; Jamgon Kongtrul
  • The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa (Volume One and Two); translated and annotated by Garma C. C. Chang
  • The Life of Milarepa; translated by Lobsang P. Lhlungpa
  • Tibet's Great Yogi Milarepa: A Biography from the Tibetan; edited by W. Y. Evans-Wentz
  • The Life and Teachings of Naropa; translated by Herbert V. Guenther
  • Meaningful to Behold: A Commentary to Shanti Deva's Guide to the Bodhisattva's Life; Geshe Kelsang Gyaltso
  • Nagarjuna's A Drop of Nourishment for People and its Commentary, The Jewel Ornament; translated from the Mongolian by Stanley Frye
  • Nagarjuna's Philosophy; translated by K. Venkata Ramanan
  • Illuminations, a Guide to Essential Buddhist Practices; by Sakya Pandita, translated by Geshe Wangyal and Brian Cutillo
  • Gems of Dharma, Jewels of Freedom, the Classic Handbook of Buddhism; by Je Gampopa, translated by Ken and Katia Holmes
  • The Essence of Refined Gold; by the Third Dalai Lama, translated by Glen H. Mullin
  • Mystical Verses of a Mad Dalai Lama; Glen H. Mullin
  • The Opening of the Wisdom-Eye; H.H Tenzin Gyatsho the XIVth Dalai Lama
  • A Commentary on the Kalachakra Tantra; taught by Geshe Lharampa Ngawang Dhargyey, translated by Gelong Jhampa Kelsang (Alan Wallace)


      Yogas
  • The Six Yogas of Naropa; Garma C. C. Chang
  • Teachings of Tibetan Yoga; translated and annotated Garma C.C. Chang
  • Bardo Teachings: The Way of Death and Rebirth; Venerable Lama Lodo
  • Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines; edited by W. Y. Evans-Wenz
  • The Tibetan Book of Yoga, Ancient Buddhist Teachings on the Philosophy and Practice of Yoga; Geshe Michael Roach
  • Tibetan Relaxation; Tarthang Tulku
  • Ancient Secrets of the Fountain of Youth, Book Two; Peter Kelder
  • Kum Nye Relaxation (Part 1 and Part 2); Tarthang Tulku


Chinese:
  • Buddhist Teaching of Totality: The Philosophy of Hwa Yen Buddhism, Garma C. C. Chang
  • Classics of Buddhism and Zen: The Collected Translations of Thomas Cleary, (Volume Five)
  • The Flower Ornament Scripture: A Translation of the Avatamsaka Sutra; by Thomas Cleary
  • Manifestations of the Tathagata: Buddhahood According to the Avatamsaka Sutra; introduced and translated by Cheng Chien Bhikshu
  • The Bodhisattva Warriors: the Origin, Inner Philosophy, History and Symbolism of the Buddhist Martial Art Within India and China; Shifu Nagaboshi Tomio
  • Original Teachings of Ch'an Buddhism: Selected From the Transmission of the Lamp; translated with introductions by Chang Chung-Yuan
  • Scholar Warrior: An Introduction to the Tao in Everyday Life; Deng Ming-Dao
  • Road to Heaven: Encounters With Chinese Hermits; Bill Porter
  • Mentoring: the Tao of Giving and Receiving Wisdom; Chungliang Al Huang and Jerry Lynch
  • The I Ching: Landscapes of the Soil, Revisiting an Ancient Chinese Oracle; Konemann


Zen:
  • The Zen Teachings of Hung Po; translated by John Blofeld
  • The Ronin; W. D. Jennings
  • Zen Flesh, Zen Bones; Paul Reps
  • Manual of Zen Buddhism; D. T. Suzuki
  • Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind; Shunryu Suzuki
  • The Gateless Barrier: Zen Comments on the Mumonkan; Zenkei Shibayama, translated into English by Sumiko Kudo
  • The Five Houses of Zen; Thomas Cleary
  • Each Moment is the Universe, Zen and the Way of Being Time; Dainin Katagiri
  • The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching; Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Riding the Ox Home: Stages on the Path of Enlightenment; John Daido Loori


WESTERN MYSTERIES
  • Secret Teachings of All Ages; Manly P. Hall
  • Tarot: Key to the Wisdom of the Ages; Paul Foster Case
  • Adam and the Kabbalistic Tree; Z'ev B.S. Halevi
  • The Mystical Qabalah; Dion Fortune
  • The Training and Work of an Initiate; Dion Fortune
  • The Kabalistic Tarot: A Textbook of Mystical Philosophy; Robert Wang
  • Nine Gates to the Chassidic Mysteries; Jiri Langer
  • Who Are You? 101 Ways of Seeing Yourself; Malcolm Godwin
  • Hero with a Thousand Faces; Joseph Campbell
  • Magister Ludi; (The Bead Game) Herman Hesse
  • Siddhartha; Herman Hesse
  • Journey to the East; Herman Hesse
  • Freedom from the Known; J. Krishnamurthi
  • The Power of Limits, Proportional Harmonies in Nature, Art and Architecture; Gyorgy Doczi
  • Sacred Geometry: Deciphering the Code; Stephen Skinner
  • The Fourth Dimension: Sacred Geometry, Alchemy and Mathematics; Rudolph Steiner
  • The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life (Volume One and Two); Vrunvalo Melchizedek
  • Wheels Of Life: A User's Guide to the Chakra System; Anodea Judith
  • The Luscher Color Test; translated and edited by Ian A. Scott based on the original German text by Dr. Max Luscher
  • The Golden Bough; Sir James George Frazer
  • The Bull From the Sea; Mary Renault
  • Fire From Heaven; Mary Renault
  • The Last of the Wine; Mary Renault
  • The King Must Die; Mary Renault
  • The Mask of Apollo; Mary Renault
  • Her-Bak: The Living Face of Ancient Egypt (Volume One and Two); Isha Schwaller De Lubicz


YOGA
  • Yoga and Health; Haich / Yesudian, Allen and Unwin
  • Light on Yoga; B.K.S. Iyengar
  • Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health; B.K.S. Iyengar
  • Light on Pranayama: the Yogic Art of Breathing; B.K.S. Iyengar
  • Kundalini: the Evolutionary Energy in Man; Gopi Krishna
  • Kundalini: Empowering Human Evolution; selected Writings of Gopi Krishna
  • The Art of Breathing; Nancy Zi
  • Thai Massage; Maria Mercati


TAOIST
  • The Complete System of Self-Healing; Dr Stephen T. Chang
  • The Tao of Sexology: the Book of Infinite Wisdom; Dr Stephen T. Chang
  • Fusion of the Five Elements; Mantak Chia and Maneewan Chia
  • Taoist Ways to Transform Stress into Vitality: The Inner Smile, Six Healing Sounds; Mantak Chia
  • Taoist Secrets of Love: Cultivating Male sexual Energy; Mantak Chia
  • Healing Love through the Tao: Cultivating Female Sexual Energy; Mantak and Maneewan Chia
  • Chi Nei Tsang: Internal Organs Chi Massage; Mantak and Maneewan Chia
  • Chi Self Massage: The Taoist Way of Rejuvenation; Mantak Chia
  • Taoist Cosmic Healing; Mantak Chia
  • The Secret of the Golden Flower: A Chinese Book of Life; translated by Richard Wilhelm, Commentary by C. J. Yung, Causeway Books
  • Cultivating the Energy of Life: A translation of the Hui-Ming Ching and its commentaries; Eva Wong
  • Tao Te Ching; Lao Tzu, translated with an introduction by D. C. Lau
  • Working Out, Working Within; Jerry Lynch and Chungliang Al Huang
  • Thinking Body, Dancing Mind; Chungliang Al Huang and Jerry Lynch


PSYCHOLOGY
  • Realms of Human Consciousness, Stanislav Grof
  • When the Impossible Happens; Stanislav Grof
  • Primal Scream; Arthur Janov
  • Memoirs, Dreams and Reflections; Carl Jung
  • Man and his Symbols; Carl Jung
  • The Continuum Concept; Jean Ledloff
  • Betrayal of the Body; Alexander Lowen
  • Depression and the Body; Alexander Lowen
  • Bioenergetics; Alexander Lowen
  • The Function of the Orgasm; Wilhelm Reich
  • Character Analysis; Wilhelm Reich, translated by Theorore P. Wolfe
  • Invisible Partners; John Sanford
  • Let Your Body Interpret your Dreams; Eugene T. Gendlin, Ph.D.
  • Focusing; Gendlin Ph.D.
  • Destructive Emotions, How Can we Overcome Them: A Scientific Dialogue With the Dalai Lama; narrated by Daniel Goleman
  • Emotional Alchemy: How the Mind Can Heal the Heart; Goleman
  • Emotional Intelligence; Daniel Goleman
  • Social Intelligence; Daniel Goleman
  • The Master Game; Robert de Ropp
  • He: Understanding Masculine Psychology; Robert A. Johnson
  • She: Understanding Femine Psychology; Robert A. Johnson
  • We: Understanding the Psychology of Romantic Love; Robert A. Johnson
  • Inner Work: Using Dreams and Actice Imagination for Personal Growth; Robert A. Johnson
  • Ecstasy: Understanding the Psychology of Joy; Robert A. Johnson
  • Bodymind; Ken Dychtwald
  • Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience; Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi


SCIENCE
  • My Stroke of Insight; Jill Bolte Taylor Ph.D.
  • Change Your Brain, Change Your Life; Daniel G. Amen M.D.
  • Healing the Hardware of the Soul; Daniel G. Amen M.D.
  • Change Your Brain, Change Your Body; Daniel G. Amen M.D.
  • Making a Good Brain Great; Daniel G. Amen M.D.
  • Molecules of Emotion; Candace B. Pert Ph. D.
  • The Alchemy of Love and Lust; Theresa L. Crenshaw M.D.
  • The Brain that Changes Itself; Norman Doidge M.D.
  • The Secret Life of Plants; Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird
  • The Secret Life of Your Cells; Robert B. Stone Ph. D.
  • The Secret Life of Germs; Philip M. Tierno Jr. Ph. D.
  • The Self-Organising Universe; Erich Jantsch
  • The Selfish Gene; Richard Dawkins
  • The Medusa and the Snail; Lewis Thomas
  • Lives of the Cell; Lewis Thomas
  • The Fragile Species; Lewis Thomas
  • The Dance of Life; Edward T. Hall
  • The Silent Language; Edward T. Hall
  • The Hidden Dimension; Edward T. Hall
  • Beyond Culture; Edward T. Hall
  • Hidden Differences; Edward T. Hall
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat; Oliver Sacks
  • An Anthropologist on Mars; Oliver Sacks
  • The Field; Lynne McTaggart
  • The Intention Experiment; Lynne McTaggart
  • The Anatomy Coloring Book; Wayne Kapit and Lawrence M. Elson


WESTERN RELIGION
  • The Dark Night of the Soul; St. John of the Cross
  • The Cloud of Unknowing; author unknown
  • Meister Eckhart from Whom God Hid Nothing, Sermons, Writings and Sayings; forward by David Steindal-Rast O.S.B.
  • Saviours of God: Spiritual Exercises, Nikos Kazantzakis