- Some personal favourites (mostly books) spanning various wisdom traditions from all over the world...
TAOISM / ZEN / BUDDHISM:
TAO TE CHING: A New English Version, with Foreword and Notes, translated by STEPHEN MITCHELL
-the book which opened me up to Eastern philosophy. Gifted to me over 20 years ago while backpacking in New Mexico, it's one of the few books I've held onto all this time, and have read over & over...A treasure!
ZEN MIND, BEGINNER'S MIND - SHUNRYU SUZUKI
- arguably the best book on Zen - especially for beginners! (and really who isn't?)
SALTWATER BUDDHA - JAIMAL YOGIS
ALL OUR WAVES ARE WATER - JAIMAL YOGIS
- beautiful, poetic & inspiring memoirs of a fascinating life path, weaving in Zen philosophy, surf wisdom, Buddhist meditation, love, life, travel, and the enchantment of the ocean...I have read Saltwater Buddha multiple times & still love it.
MOST INTIMATE: A ZEN APPROACH TO LIFE'S CHALLENGES - ROSHI PAT ENKYO O'HARA
Down to earth, practical, wise & rooted in life experience.
HARDCORE ZEN / ZEN WRAPPED IN KARMA DIPPED IN CHOCOLATE - BRAD WARNER
- Brad Warner is an American, ordained as a Zen master in Japan, & writes in a super-accessible & often very funny way about Zen - I appreciate the authenticity, knowledge worn lightly, & directness & humour. His youtube channel is full of great talks too.
TARA BRACH - Tara has written some lovely books but it's her talks - on youtube here - which I find particularly heartening, informative and - again - also very funny at times. Down-to-earth and deeply compassionate, gentle, calm energy...Enjoy!
YOGA: some personal favourites (as opposed to the standard/classic texts)
BRINGING YOGA TO LIFE - DONNA FARHI
YOGA OF THE SUBTLE BODY - TIAS LITTLE
YOGA: THE SPIRIT & PRACTICE OF MOVING INTO STILLNESS - ERICH SCHIFFMANN
THE RADIANCE SUTRAS: 112 Gateways to the Yoga of Delight - translated by LORIN ROCHE
THE YOGA SUTRA: A BIOGRAPHY - DAVID GORDON WHITE - David accidentally ended up writing an iconoclastic & fascinating book, while simply intending to research what he & pretty much every other western yoga student believed was the Yoga Bible...Only turns out that's probably not the case. Manages to be both incredibly academic and also very funny in places. Highly recommended if you are seriously interested in yoga philosophy & not overly attached to the received wisdom about certain texts...
SHAMANIST & OTHER INTERESTING READS
The Earth's Cycle of Celebration / Elements of Change / Creating Ceremony - Glennie Kindred
Anything by SANDRA INGERMAN!
The Bowl of Light: Ancestral Wisdom from a Hawaiian Shaman - Hank Wesselman
The Earth Path - Starhawk
Fire of the Goddess - Katalin Koda
Shakti Woman - Vicki Noble - reclaiming feminine power and spirituality & retracing its roots & historic oppression
Food of the Gods: A Radical History of Plants, Drugs and Human Evolution - Terence McKenna. How plants have deeply shaped human consciousness & types of society over the millennia. Fascinating & eye-opening.
Plant Spirit Shamanism: Traditional Techniques for Healing the Soul - Ross Heaven & Howard G Charing
The Mastery of Love - Don Miguel Ruiz. Very wise & insightful book on love & relationships & how our knots are formed & can be untangled! (Ruiz is also the author of the more well-known The Four Agreements)
Other highly interesting & inspiring thinkers/writers/speakers:
Charles Eisenstein - The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible is the only one of his books I've read so far but it's excellent, as are the many talks on his youtube channel... He's an American philosopher who writes about everything from consciousness, civilisation, education, economics, spirituality, indigenous people to...well, everything!
Rupert Sheldrake - groundbreaking biologist and spiritual practitioner...His book "Science and Spiritual Practices: Reconnecting Through Direct Experience is a good place to start, and this interview is fascinating...His own youtube channel is here.
Gabor Mate - start by watching this talk "When The Body Says No..." (also the name of one of his books)
The Body Keeps The Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma - Bessel Van Der Kolk
- excellent, ground-breaking book, deep & wide-ranging in its scope - highly recommended.