Advanced Yoga Practices Plus
Yoga and Spiritual Book List
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The AYP list of nearly 500 yoga, spiritual, and related books is discussed in Lesson #253.
The books are divided into fifteen categories: 1-Yoga/Tantra/Advaita-Vedanta,
2-Buddhism, 3-Taoism
4-Theosophy, 5-Judeo/Christian,
6-Western Mystics/Teachers
, 7-Islam/Sufism, 8-Shamanism,
9-Channeled Teachings
, 10-Biographies, 11-Inspiring Stories, 12-Health,
, 14-Death/Reincarnation, and 15-Other Related Books


Adyashanti -- The Impact of Awakening -- 2000 -- A collection of satsang dialogues from a young Zen spirtual master.
Adyashanti -- My Secret is Silence -- 2003 -- Poems and journal entries reflecting Adyashanti's teachings on non-dual enlightenment.
Adyashanti -- Emptiness Dancing -- 2004 -- A broad range of satsang talks with the California Zen master.

Adyashanti -- The End of Your world -- 2010 -- Practical information on the experiences and challenges of middle and end stage enlightenment.
Adyashanti -- The Way of Liberation - A Practical Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment -- 2012 -- A concise summary of the author's teachings, and a call to form study groups.

Ajahn Brahm
-- Who Ordered this Truckload of Dung? -- 2005 -- Inspiring stories for welcoming life's difficulties.
Bodhi, Bhikkhu -- In the Buddha's Words -- 2005 -- An extensive and scholarly compilation of the Buddha's teachings, taken from the many ancient writings of the Pali Canon.

Burtt, EA -- Teachings of the Compassionate Buddha -- 1955 -- Early discourses, the Dhammapada, and later writings on the Buddha.
Chodron, Pema -- The Places That Scare You - A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times -- 2001 -- Utilizing mindfulness in everyday living.
Dakpo Tashi Namgyal -- Clarifying The Natural State -- 2001 -- A practical manual on the Buddhist system of meditation known as "Mahamudra," not to be confused with the yoga posture of the same name.
Dalai Lama -- The Way to Freedom -- 1994 -- The
core teachings of Tibetan Buddhism.
Dalai Lama -- The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living -- 1998 -- The great Dalai Lama's sage advice on how to live a happier life.
Dorje, Lama Ngakpha (Max Christensen) -- Pillars of Bliss -- 2003 -- A primer on Kunlun Nei Gung practice, noted for its dramatic physical and psychic effects. From Chinese Buddhism and Taoism.
Evans-Wentz, WY -- Tibet's Great Yogi - Milarepa -- 1928 -- The biography of Milarepa who lived 800 years ago - the protoype of Tibetan Buddhism.
Evans-Wentz, WY -- Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines -- 1935 -- An extensive presentation of Tibetan yoga methods, a translation of "The Seven Books of Wisdom," covering precepts of the gurus, yoga of the great symbol, yoga of the six doctrines, yoga of consciousness transference, yoga of subduing the lower self, yoga of the long HUM, and yoga of the voidness.
Evans-Wentz, WY -- Tibetan Book of the Dead -- 1927 -- The first translation of these written and oral Tibetan Buddhist teachings, conceived to serve as a guide not only for the dying and the dead, but for the living as well. And so they have.
Federation of Young Buddhists of Japan -- Teachings of the Buddha -- 1934 -- Scriptures translated from Japanese on Buddha, dharma, way of practice, and fellowship of believers.
Fields, Rick -- How the Swans Came to the Lake -- 1992 -- A detailed history on how Buddhism came to America.
Goenka, S.N
. -- The Discourse Summaries -- 1987 -- Talks from a ten day course in Buddhist Vipassana meditation.

Hanh, Thich Nhat -- Call me by My True names -- 1993 -- Collected poems of the famous Vietnamese Buddhist monk.
Hanh, Thich Nhat -- The Heart of Understanding -- 1988 --
A translation and commentary on the "Heart Sutra."
Hesse, Herman -- Siddhartha -- 1951 -- A classic novel - the story of a soul's search for truth in the time of Buddha.
Ingram, Daniel -- Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha -- 2008 -- An experimental approach to the practices of Buddhism, with a heavy emphasis on models and maps to enlightenment.
Kelder, Peter -- Ancient Secrets of the Fountain of Youth -- 1939 -- Revised edition of "The Eye of Revelation" on Tibetan yogic methods. Yoga keeps us young - no secret about that.
Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche -- Crystal Clear -- 2003 -- A practical manual on the Buddhist system of meditation known as "Mahamudra," not to be confused with the yoga posture of the same name.
Kornfield, Jack -- A Path with Heart - A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life -- 1993 -- An extensive overview of modern Western Buddhism by one of its leading teachers..
Kramer, Gregory -- Insight Dialogue -- 2007 -- A practical application of Buddhist insight inquiry methods in relationships.
Lama Yeshe -- Introduction to Tantra -- 2001 -- A broad and easy to follow overview of Buddhist Tantra.
Moffitt, Phillip -- Dancing With Life -- 2008 -- An easy to read introduction to the teachings of the Buddha.
Odier, Daniel -- Nirvana Tao -- 1974 -- The meditation techniques of the Chinese Taoist and Buddhist masters.
Pirsig, Robert -- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance -- 1974 -- A story about a motorcycle trip, full of questions and answers about science, religion and humanism.
Reps, Paul -- Zen Flesh, Zen Bones -- 1957 -- A collection of Zen and pre-Zen writings, including the ancient Vigyan Bhairava, Sochanda, and Malini Vijaya Tantras, comprising the "112 Centering practices," reflecting much of what we find in effective systems of yoga today.
Rinpoche, Sogyal -- Tibetan Book of Living and Dying -- 1992 -- A contemporary exploration of the profound insights of the Tibetan Book of the Dead.
Rinpoche, Tenzin Wangyal -- Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep -- 1998 -- How to do yoga in your sleep. The Tibetans have done more with this than anyone else, and this book covers it well.
Rinpoche, Tulku Urgyen -- Blazing Splendor -- 2005 -- His memoirs covering family background, teachings, connections with a large network of Tibetan Buddhist masters, and changes that occurred with the invasion by China.
Sangharakshita, Maha Sthavira -- Human Enlightenment -- 1980 -- On the ideals and methods of Buddhism - meditation and spiritual community.
Sluyter, Dean -- The Zen Commandments -- 2001 -- Ten Zen suggestions for a life of inner freedom.
Suzuki, D.T. -- Introduction to Zen Buddhism -- 1994 -- From a leading authority, with foreword by Carl Jung.
Suzuki, Shunryu -- Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind -- 2010 edition -- One of the best introductions to Zen.

Trungpa, Chogyam -- Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism -- 1973 -- Looking at all the ways the mind becomes attached to objects of perception, including to "spirituality" itself. This is a famous book, and, as might have been expected, fame led the author into the very pitfalls he warned against.
Wallace, Alan -- Buddhism with an Attitude -- 2003 -- An introduction to the fundamentals of Tibetan Buddhist meditation.
Williams, Teasdale, Segal, Kabat-Zinn -- The Mindful Way through Depression -- 2007 -- Using Buddhist mindfulness techniques to overcome chronic unhappiness.

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