Ten Suggested Buddhist Readings




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Ten Suggested Buddhist Readings

Artists, writers, and photographers have been influenced by Eastern philosophy for centuries. One could argue that Henri Cartier Bresson’s famous coinage, The Decisive Moment, is the quintessential essence of Zen philosophy.

“To take a photograph means to recognize — simultaneously and within a fraction of a second — both the fact itself and the rigorous organization of visually perceived form and meaning….
This attitude requires concentration, discipline of mind, sensitivity, and a sense of geometry.”

~Henri Cartier Bresson~

My husband Glenn, who is an English teacher and meditation instructor, has provided a list of his top ten Buddhist books with handy links.

1) Wild Awakening by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

2) Mind Beyond Death by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

3) It’s Up to You, by Dzigar Kongrul

4) Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki

5) Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism byChogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

6) Myth of Freedom by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

7) The Words of My Perfect Teacher by Patrul Rinpoche

8) The Jewel Ornament of Liberation by Gampopa

9) The Essential of Mahamudra by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

10) Comfortable With Uncertainty by Pema Chodron

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  1. Debesh June 4, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    Thanks for this interesting list Cheryl. Buddhism has always interested me, and not because it stems from Hinduism, but because of its central tenet of mindfulness, and being in the NOW. A few other books come to my mind also:

    1. Wherever you go, there you are – Jon Kabat-Zinn.

    2. Happiness – Matthieu Ricard (Frenchman turned monk; also an extremely accomplished photographer).

    3. Book of Five Rings.

    Of course, the list can be endless so to speak, but these three are highly recommended.

    Thank you once again.



    P.S. Another photographer also recommended DT Suziki’s `Zen and Japanese Culture: Zen and Swordsmanship’.

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