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  SURVEY
 

The Best Spiritual Books of the Century

 

 

  The top pick, selected by seven out of nine people.
The Shambhala Sun asked nine prominent people to list their favorite spiritual books of the twentieth century. Here's what they said.

 

Jump ahead to see the ten best books picked by:

Sam Bercholz
Pema Chodron
Bernard Glassman

Sam Hamill
bell hooks
Tim McNeill
Michael McClure
Sharon Salzberg
Andrew Weil


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Sam Bercholz
Chairman, Shambhala Publications

Mount Analogue by Rene Daumal

Shambhala: Sacred Path of theWarrior by Chogyam Trungpa

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki

The Spiritual Teaching of Ramana Maharshi by Ramana Maharshi

Ramakrishna and His Disciples by Christopher Isherwood

White Sail by Thinley Norbu

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa

Masters of Meditation and Miracles by Tulku Thondup

Zen Flesh, Zen Bones by Nyogen Senzaki and Paul Reps

Duino Elegies by Rainer Maria Rilke

 

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Pema Chodron
Buddhist teacher and author

The first two Buddhist books I ever read:

Tibet's Great Yogi Milarepa by W. Evans-Wentz

Born in Tibet by Chogyam Trungpa

The two early books that most revolutionized my view of life:

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa

The Myth of Freedom by Chogyam Trungpa

The two books that I reread most frequently:

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki

Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving Kindness by Chogyam Trungpa

The two books that I continually study:

The Bodhisattva's Way of Life by Shantideva

Kindly Bent to Ease Us by Longchenpa

Two books I highly recommend:

Finding Freedom by Jarvis Jay Masters

Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Teachings of Shunryu Suzuki by David Chadwick

 

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Sam Hamill
Poet and translator

Life in the Forest by Denise Levertov

Mind of Clover by Robert Aitken

Nine-Headed Dragon River by Peter Matthiessen

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki

Zen and Zen Classics by R.H. Blyth

Night by Elie Weisel

Duino Elegies by Rainer Maria Rilke

Woman and Nature by Susan Griffin

Earth House Hold by Gary Snyder

The Collected Poems of Kenneth Rexroth

 

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bell hooks
author

The Raft is Not the Shore by Thich Nhat Hanh and Daniel Berrigan

The Inner Voice of Love by Henri Nouwen

Forgiveness: A Bold Choice for a Peaceful Heart by Robin Casarjian

The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm

The Innerward Journey by Howard Thurman

A Heart As Wide As the World by Sharon Salzberg

Life Lines: Holding On (And Letting Go) by Forrest Church

When All You've Ever Wanted Isn't Enough by Harold Kushner

Start Where You Are by Pema Chodron

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa

 

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Roshi Bernard Glassman
Founder, Peacemaker Community

Collected Works of A.T. Ariyaratne

The Fruitful Darkness by Joan Halifax

Full Catastrophe Living
by Jon Kabat-Zinn

How Can I Help by Ram Dass with Paul Gorman

Living Buddha Zen by Lex Hixon

Shivitti by Ka-Tzetnik, 135633

Street Zen: The Life and Work of Issan Dorsey by David Schneider

The Way of Council
by Jack Zimmerman and Virginia Coyle

We're All Doing Time
by Bo Lozoff

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
by Shunryu Suzuki

 

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Michael McClure

Poet and playwright

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki

The Awakening of Faith by Ashvagosha

Mutual Aid by Peter Kropotkin

Origin of Eukaryotic Cells by Lynn Margulis

Mexico City Blues by Jack Kerouac

Taking the Path of Zen by Robert Aitken

The Buddhist Teaching of Totality by Garma C. C. Chang

Hua-Yen Buddhism: The Jewel Net of Indra by Francis H. Cook

The Theater and its Double by Antonin Artaud

In the Shadow of Man by Jane Goodall

 

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Tim McNeill
President, Wisdom Publications

The Phenomenon of Man/The Divine Milieu by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Guide to a Bodhisattva's Way of Life by Shantideva

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm

The Way of the White Clouds by Lama Govinda

The Church and the Homosexual by John J. McNeill

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki

The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton

The Good Heart by the Dalai Lama

The Courage to Be by Paul Tillich

 

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Sharon Salzberg
Guiding teacher, Insight Meditation Society

Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton

Be Here Now by Ram Dass

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan Watts

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels

I and Thou by Martin Buber

 

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Dr. Andrew Weil
Author

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

Black Elk Speaks by John Neihardt

Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

Teachings of Don Juan by Carlos Castaneda

Be Here Now by Ram Dass

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa

The Tibetan Book of the Dead by W.Y. Evans-Wentz (translator)

The I Ching by Richard Wilhelm (translator)

The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield

The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbel

 


This article originally appeared here in the Shambhala Sun. Reprinted by permission. Copyright 2000 Shambhala Sun.



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The Shambhala Sun

A bimonthly magazine inspired by Buddhism that goes beyond distinctions of sacred and secular to investigate the arts, politics, arts, relationships, livelihood, and popular culture. Contributors and subjects include Alice Walker, Richard Gere, Maya Angelou, the Dalai Lama, Patti Smith, Pema Chodron, Ken Wilber, bell hooks, and Rachel Naomi Remen.


This page was published on Realization.org on February 15, 2000 and last revised on May 9, 2000.


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