Lending Library

The Lending Library

The SIMS lending library has an extensive selection of books, CDs, and tapes and is housed at the Seattle Insight Meditation Center on the mezzanine level. You may browse books and check out items from the library on Tuesday evenings.

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TitleFirst NameLast NameDescriptionMedia
At the Eleventh Hour: Caring for My Dying Mother Susan Carol Stone A daughter leaves her life in a Buddhist monastery to become a full time caregiver.Book
After the Ecstasy, the Laundry Copy #1 Jack Kornfield When does enlightenment come? At the end of the spiritual journey? Or the beginning? On After the Ecstasy, the Laundry, Jack Kornfield makes sense out of the paradoxes, joys, and failings we inevitably face-even after years of spiritual practice. What is the truth about enlightenment today? To find out, Jack talked to more than 100 Zen masters, rabbis, nuns, lamas, and monks from all walks of life. The result is this extraordinary look at the hard work we all must do-the "laundry"-no matter how often we experience ecstatic states of consciousness through meditation and other disciplines.Book
Autobiography of a Yogi Paramahansa Yogananda A classic by the first Hindu yoga master to live and teach in the West. Book
World as Lover, World as Self Joanna Macy Dependent Origination is one of the most fundamental and complex concepts in Buddhism. In this collection of talks and essays, the author provides examples and insights of how we can apply this ancient philosophy to our own lives, teaching us to consider our world and its creatures as nothing less than an extension of ourselves. Book
The World of Tibetan Buddhism H.H. Dalai Lama Definitive overview of Tibetan Buddhism, its philosophy and practice. Book
Zen in the Art of Archery Eugen Herrigel Illuminating account of a German philosopher who went to Japan to study archery and Zen. Book
Zen Physics David Darling The science of death, the logic of reincarnation. Book
Zen Seeds: Reflections of a Female Priest Shundo Aoyama

Essays combining personal experiences and a knowledge of Buddhist texts makes Buddhist philosophy accessible to everyone. A practical and illuminating guide.

Being Peace Thich Nhat Hanh A book of talks in which the author thoroughly discusses the importance of being peace in order to make peace. Book
Breath Sweeps Mind Jean Smith (ed.) A first guide to meditation practice. Teaching from various schools make clear the practice and path of meditation. Book
The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Really Are Alan Watts Perhaps the most famous of all of Alan Watts's works, the Book delves into the cause and cure of the illusion that the self is a separate ego, housed in a bag of skin, which confronts a universe of physical objects that are alien and stupid. A modern restatement of the ancient Hindu philosophy of Vedanta. Book
The Art of Happiness H.H. Dalai Lama Through conversations, stories, and meditations, the Dalai Lama shows us how to defeat day to day anxiety, insecurity, anger, and discouragement. Book
Awakening Intuition Frances Vaughn A concise overview of recent research, includes exercises for strengthening intuition. Book
Awakening the Heart John Welwood

East/West approaches to psychotherapy and the healing relationship.  There are three sections: 1st Basic Questions and Psychotherapy and Spirituality.  2nd Working On Oneself.  3rd Working With Others.  There are a total of 18 chapters and most of them are by a different author.  John Welwood is the Editor.

Bearing Witness Bernie Glassman How and why the author started the Zen Peacemaker Order, offering powerful stories on ways of making peace one moment at a time, no matter how difficult things appear to be. Book
Beginner's Guide to Zen Buddhism Jean Smith Comprehensive introduction for those who don't know how or where to begin or what to expect. Fundamentals of posture and technique, basic teaching & texts, and teacher-student relationship. Book
Bones of the Master George Crane A Buddhist monk's search for the lost heart of China. Fascinating, beautifully written account of a great Chan master's return pilgrimage to Inner Mongolia after 40 years in exile. Book
Cave in the Snow - Copy #1 Vicki Mackenzie

The story of an English woman who seeks enlightenment through twelve years of intense Buddhist meditation in a Himalayan cave.

Coming Back to Life Joanna Macy Offers eloquent and compelling insight into the roots of our angst, and points the way forward out of apathy to the work that reconnects. Book
Complete Guide to Buddhist America Don Morreale

Introduction to the three schools, excellent collection of essays and teachings and a listing of practice centers in America.

Comprehensive Manual of Abhidharma Bhikku Bodhi In depth examination of the nature of reality from the abhidharma perspective: the four types of reality; physicality, mind, mental factors, and nibbana (nirvana), each examined by way of their elements and relationships. Highly technical in nature, many connections made clear by charts, text & explanatory notes. A book for further reading and study, being a highly condensed text in itself. Book
Concentration and Meditation Christmas Humphreys Concentration, lower meditation, higher meditation, contemplation, general mind development. Book
Cultivating Compassion Jeffery Hopkins

Shows how to change our hearts and minds by learning open-heartedness.

Dhamma Ratana Sayadaw U Kundalabhivamsa Lucid explanation of dana, sila, samatha, and vipassana and stages of insight. Book
Enlightened Living Tulku Thondup (trans.) Stories focus on how to live harmoniously in the world through the practice of social and spiritual values. Book
Entering the Stream Samuel Bercholz & S.C. Kohn

Introduction to Buddha and his teaching. Excellent compilation of writings by teachers and scholars of Buddhism. The companion reader to Bernardo Bertolucci's film "Little Buddha"

The Fine Arts of Relaxation, Concentration, and Meditation Joel & Michelle Levey Array of techniques of mental cultivation. Meditation demystified. Book
First and Last Freedom J. Krishnamurti A wide range of essays, all returning to the core concept of freedom. Book
Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way Jay Garfield

Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika accessible translation of the foundational text for all Mahayana Buddhism, offers insights into the nature of reality.

Garuda IV: The Foundations of Mindfulness Chogyam Trungpa Selection of writings from the Tibetan tradition around meditation and psychology. Book
Guide to Awareness Phra Nyanavamsara Dhamma talks on the foundations of mindfulness. Book
The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching Thich Nhat Hanh The Four Noble Truths, Noble Eightfold Path and other basic Buddhist teachings. Book
How Can I Help? Ram Dass Co authored by Paul Gorman.As we're called upon to help one another at home, at work, on the street, on the phone, we do what we can.Yet so much comes up to complicate this natural response: "Will I have what it takes?" "How much is enough? "How can I deal with suffering?" "And what really helps, anyway?" In this practical helper's companion, the authors explore a path through these confusions, and provide support and inspiration for us in our efforts as members of the helping professions, as volunteers, as community activists, or simply as friends and family trying to meet each other's needs.Book
In My Own Way Alan Watts Autobiography of one of the pioneers of Buddhist exploration in America. Book
Introduction to Zen Buddhism D. T. Suzuki Book
The Jewel in the Lotus Stephen Batchelor A guide to the Buddhist traditions of Tibet. Provides the historical background to the religion and explains the main doctrines common to all four major traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Book
Journey of Awakening Ram Dass

A meditator's guidebook. Why, how, where and when to meditate. Picking a path, getting stuck, getting free.  This is a revised (1990) and updated deition of the classic guide to inner development.

Joyful Path of Good Fortune Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Path to enlightenment, Tibetan style. Book
Live in a Better Way H.H.Dalai LamaReflections on truth, love, and happiness. Condensed from public talks, Q&As. Good introduction to Tibetan Buddhism. Book
Living Buddha, Living Christ (#1) Thich Nhat Hanh Buddhist/Christian dialogue exploring the crossroads where the two traditions meet. Book
Mahayana Buddhism, Doctrinal Foundations Paul Williams Scholarly exploration of the sources of Mahayana Buddhism. Book
The Mind Like Fire Unbound Thanissaro Bhikku Early Buddhist teachings on the nature of mind using analogies descriptive of fire and burning. Book
The Miracle of Mindfulness Thich Nhat Hanh The Miracle of Mindfulness is a jewel of clarity, wisdom and practicality. Its gift is the transformation of 'everyday' life into an experience of joy, peace and wonder.Book
Open SecretsWalterAndersonA guide to Tibetan Buddhism for Western spiritual seekers. Clear overview of the basics of Buddhism, esp. Tibetan. Book
Paths Beyond Ego: The Transpersonal VisionFrancesVaughn (ed.)Fifty essays apply transpersonal thinking to growth, psychotherapy, meditation, psychedelics, science, ethics and philosophy. Book
A Path With HeartJackKornfield"This important guidebook shows in detail and with great humor and insight the way to practice the Buddha's universal teachings here in the West. Jack Kornfield is a wonderful storyteller and a great teacher." - Thich Nhat HanhBook
Peace is Every StepThich NhatHanhContains commentaries and meditations, personal anecdotes and stories of the author's experiences as a peace activist and teacher, showing how deep meditative presence is available now.Book
The Practice That Leads to Nibbana: Sharpening the IndriyaSayadaw UKundalabhivamsaIn this booklet, the author points out, clearly and methodically, the benefits of practicing Vipassana meditation and the method of practice. Also explained are the five Indriya (controlling faculties) and the nine factors which sharpen them, leading one along the path to liberation as taught by the Buddha.Book
Present Moment, Wonderful MomentThich NhatHanh

An inspiring handbook of mindfulness verses with commentaries, designed to help us slow down and enjoy each moment of our lives.

Seeking the Heart of Wisdom (#1)Joseph GoldsteinCentral teachings and practices of insight meditation, covering hindrances, compassionate response to suffering and integrating responsible action with a meditative life based on non-attachment.Book
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