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Reading Suggestions

Here’s a booklist from “Laura S.,” author of 12 Steps on Buddha’s Path .


Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th edition (New York: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., 2001)

Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age: A Brief History of A.A. (New York: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., 1957)

Living Sober (New York: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., 1975)

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (New York: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., 1953)



Dalai Lama, His Holiness. The Four Noble Truths (London: Thorsons, 1997)

Goldstein, Joseph, and Jack Kornfield. Seeking the Heart of Wisdom: The Path of Insight Meditation (Boston: Shambhala, 1987)

Gunaratana, Venerable Henepola. Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2001)

Gunaratana, Venerable Henepola. Mindfulness in Plain English (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 1991)

Hanh, Thich Nhat. Old Path White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha (Parallax Press, 1991)

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

Salzberg, Sharon. Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (Boston: Shambhala, 1995)

Smith, Jean. NOW! The Art of Being Truly Present (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2004)

-------. The Beginner’s Guide to Walking the Buddha’s Eightfold Path (New York: Bell Tower, 2002)

Thanissaro Bhikkhu, trans. Dhammapada (Barre, MA: Dhamma Dana Publications, 1998)

Here are some of my own reading suggestions:


Buddhism and Recovery

One Breath at a Time , by Kevin Griffin

12 Steps on Buddha’s Path , by Laura S.

The Zen of Recovery , by Mel Ash

Cool Water , by William Alexander

Mindful Recovery , by Thomas and Beverly Bien

Dharma Punx , by Noah Levine



The Experience of Insight, by Joseph Goldstein (also, Insight Meditation and One Dharma)

Living Dharma, by Jack Kornfield

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

Buddhism without Beliefs, by Stephen Batchelor

What the Buddha Taught, by Walpola Rahula

Breath by Breath, by Larry Rosenberg

A Gradual Awakening, by Steven Levine

When Things Fall Apart, by Pema Chödron

Pay Attention for Goodness Sake, by Sylvia Boorstein

Thoughts without a Thinker, by Mark Epstein

Wide Awake, by Diana Winston (not just for teens)

Buddha’s Nature, by Wes Nisker

Who Is My Self? by Ayya Khema


Online Resources

12foldpath - Yahoo group. Go to and type “12foldpath” in the Find a Yahoo Group box. - inter-faith meditation site for 12 Steppers.



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