Resources

I recommend the books below for beginners and experienced practitioners. I don’t recommend anything I haven’t read and benefited from myself.

Bhante Gunaratana is a teacher in West Virginia. Mindfulness in Plain English is an excellent resource for beginning meditators, and is a great refresher for more experienced practitioners. Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness describes the Noble Eightfold path, and how you can incorporate these teachings in your daily life.

Shaila Catherine is a teacher in California. Her books Focused and Fearless and Wisdom Wide and Deep are excellent guides to increasing concentration and working with advanced forms of meditation such as jhana states. She also teaches online. Check her online offerings at imsb.org and bodhicourses.org .

Joseph Goldstein is a dharma teacher in Massachusetts. His latest work, Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening is destined to become a classic in the field. If you have time for only one book on this subject, this should be it.

Analayo is a German monk and teacher. He has written too many books and articles to list here, but two that might interest you are Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization and Perspectives on Satipatthana. Both are intended for serious practitioners, but Perspectives is more accessible for a general audience.