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In the journey of shamata there are no visible paths, there are no signposts to follow. There are, however, other travelers who can guide us.

Gen Lamrimpa

On meditation


Our Tradition (Gelugpa):

Topgyal, Dakpa. Diamond Key for Opening the Wisdom Eye: A Guide to the Process of Meditation.  Charleston, SC: Broken Umbrella Press, 2004. Available at Dharma Center. 

Lamrimpa, Gen. Calming the Mind: Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on Cultivating Meditative Quiescence. Ithaca, New York: Snow Lion Publications, 1992.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso or Bstan-'dzin-rgya-mtsho in libraries). How to Practice.  Translated and edited by Jeffrey Hopkins. New York: Atria Books, 2002. 

McDonald, Kathleen (Sangye Khadro). How to Meditate: A Practical Guide. Somerville, MA: Wisdom Publications, 1984.

Lodro, Gedun. Calm Abiding and Special Insight: Achieving Spiritual Transformation through Meditation. Ed. and trans. Jeffery Hopkins. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion Publishers, 2001.1998.


Other Traditions: 

Hanh, Thich Nhat. The Miracle of Mindfulness: A Manual on Meditation. Boston: Beacon Press, 1987.  Also available in audio formats.

Chodron, Pema. Start Where You Are. Boston: Shambhala. 1994. (paperback 2005).

Suzuki, Shunryu. Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind. Weatherhill, 1986. 

Trungpa, Chogyam.  Meditation in Action. Boston: Shambhala. Distributed in the U.S. by Random House, 1996. (advanced)

Kornfield, Jack. A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life. New YirjL Bantam Books, 1993.

Introduction to Buddhist Thought and Practice


His Holiness the Dalai Lama. An Open Heart.  New York: Little, Brown, & Co., 2001.

Chodron, Thubten.  Buddhism for Beginners. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion Publishers, 2001.

Pabongka Rinpoche, Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand: A Concise Discourse on the Path to Enlightenment. Ed. Trijang Rinpoche. Trans. Michael Richards. 2nd Ed. Somerville, MA: Wisdom Publications, 2006.

Powers, John. Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion Publishers, 1995.



His Holiness the Dalai Lama: http://www.dalailama.com/

The South Carolina Dharma Group:  http://www.scdharma.org

The Charleston Tibetan Society: http://www.charlestontibetansociety.com/

Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition: http://www.fpmt.org/

Tibetan Spirit (for cushions, etc): http://www.tibetanspirit.com/


The Buddha:The Story of Siddhartha.  PBS, 2010. Also available on Netflix, etc. 

Discovering Buddhism.  Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, Online version available at http://shop.fpmt.org/Discovering-Buddhism-Online_c_399.html (series of lessons introducing various topics in Buddhism such as karma, etc)