Buddhi Vana Required and Recommended Reading

Required and Suggested Books:

There are 14-required books total.  If financially possible, all trainees are encouraged to purchase copies for their own teaching and practice libraries.  Owning the books is NOT required and trainees who can’t make a purchase at this time are encouraged to be creative about using public library resources, borrowing from friends, or sharing copies.



The Subtle Body
Cyndi Dale

Yoga of the Subtle Body
Tias Little

Training the Wisdom Body
Rose Taylor Goldfield

Awakening the Sacred Body
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

The Tibetan Yoga of Breath
Anyen Rinpoche and Allison Choying Zangmo

Yoga for Meditators
Charlotte Bell




The Mind Illuminated
Culadasa (John Yates) and Matthew Immergut

Awakening the Luminous Mind
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

Loving-Kindness in Plain English
Bhante Gunaratana

The Wisdom of No Escape
Pema Chodron





Awakening of the Heart
Thich Nhat Hanh

The Radiance Sutras
Lorin Roche

Yoga Beyond the Mat
Alanna Kaivalya

The Yamas and Niyamas
Deborah Adele



The Secret Teachings of Plants: The Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Perception of Nature
Stephen Harrod Buhner

Brilliant Green: The Surprising History and Science of Plant Intelligence
Stefano Mancuso

Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society
The Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness
Peter Godfrey-Smith

The Garden Awakening: Designs to Nurture Our Land & Ourselves
Mary Reynolds

The Nature of Nature: The Discovery of SuperWaves and How it Changes Everything
Irv Dardik

Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth
Edited by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society
The Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

Lovelock & Gaia: Signs of Life
Jon Turney

The Rights of Nature: A History of Environmental Ethics
Roderick Frazier Nash

The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative
Florence Williams

The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs: Use Outdoor Clues to Find Your Way, Predict the Weather, Locate Water, Track Animals―and Other Forgotten Skills (Natural Navigation)
by Tristan Gooley

Nature’s Temples: The Complex World of Old-Growth Forests
Joan Maloof

Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World
Julia Rothman

The Earth Has a Soul: C.G. Jung on Nature, Technology & Modern Life
C. G. Jung and Meredith Sabini

The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature
J. Drew Lanham

How to Read Nature: Awaken Your Senses to the Outdoors You’ve Never Noticed
Tristan Gooley

Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World
Bill Plotkin

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate
Peter Wohlleben

Ecopsychology: Science, Totems, and the Technological Species*
Peter H. Kahn Jr. (Editor), Patricia H. Hasbach  (Editor)

*If you are interested in Ecotherapy, check out scholar Theodore Roszak’s books.  It is beyond the scope of this course, but I feel this suggested resource list would not be complete without at least mentioning his work.



Mindfulness Yoga: The Awakened Union of Breath, Body, and Mind
Frank Jude Boccio

Heart Yoga: The Sacred Marriage of Yoga and Mysticism
Andrew Harvey and Karuna Erickson

Yoga for Transformation: Ancient Teachings and Practices for Healing the Body, Mind, and Heart
Gary Kraftsow

Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit: A Return to Wholeness
Donna Farhi

Insight Yoga: An Innovative Synthesis of Traditional Yoga, Meditation, and Eastern Approaches to Healing
Sarah Powers

Breathe; You Are Alive
Thich Nhat Hahn

Walking Meditation
Nguyen Anh-Huong and Thich Nhat Hanh

Essential Kundalini Yoga: An Invitation to Radiant Health, Unconditional Love, and the Awakening of Your Energetic Potential
Karena Virginia and Dharm Khalsa

Guiding Strala: The Yoga Training Manual to Ignite Freedom, Get Connected, and Build Radiant Health and Happiness
Tara Stiles and Rudolph Tanzi

Hip-Healthy Asana: The Yoga Practitioner’s Guide to Protecting the Hips and Avoiding SI Joint Pain (Jun 12, 2018)
Charlotte Bell

Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body
by Daniel Goleman and Richard J. Davidson


The Heart of the World: A Journey to Tibet’s Lost Paradise
Ian Baker

Emotion and Healing in the Energy Body
Robert Henderson

On Cold Mountain: A Buddhist Reading of the Hanshan Poems
Paul Rouzer

108 Metaphors for Mindfulness: from Wild Chickens to Petty Tyrants
Arnie Kozak

Chan Heart, Chan Mind: a Meditation on Serenity and Growth
Master Guojun

Good Karma: How to Create the Causes of Happiness and Avoid the Causes of Suffering
Thubten Chodron

The Intelligent Heart: A Guide to the Compassionate Life
Dzigar Kongtrul

Our Pristine Mind: A Practical Guide to Unconditional Happiness
Orgyen Chowang

The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down
Haemin Sunim

Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy

The Tassajara Recipe Book
Edward Espe Brown

The Tassajara Bread Book
Edward Espe Brown

Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition
Paul Pritchford

Finding the Blue Sky: A Mindful Approach to Choosing Happiness Here and Now
Joseph Emet

Buddha Standard Time: Awakening to the Infinite Possibilities of Now
Lama Surya Das

Awakening Shakti
Sally Kempton

Gesture of Awareness: A Radical Approach to Time, Space, and Movement
Charles Genoud

Tending the Heart Fire: Living in the Flow with the Pulse of Life
Shiva Rea

Sacred Therapies: The Kundalini Yoga Meditation Handbook for Mental Health
David Shannahoff-Khalsa

The Dhammapada: A New Translation of the Buddhist Classic with Annotations
Gil Fronsdal (2005)

Natural Radiance: Awakening to Your Great Perfection
Lama Surya Das

Dancing with Life: Buddhist Insights for Finding Meaning and Joy in the Face of Suffering
Phillip Moffitt

Emotional Chaos to Clarity: How to Live More Skillfully, Make Better Decisions, and Find Purpose in Life
Phillip Moffitt

When Thought Turns to Light: A Practical Guide to Spiritual Transformation
Patrick Paul Garlinger

Ajahn Brahm

Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Mindful Living: Awareness and Meditation Practices for Living in the Present Moment
Edited by: Robert Butera and Erin Byron

The Other Shore: A New Translation of the Heart Sutra with Commentaries
Thich Nhat Hanh

Emptiness:A Practical Guide for Meditators
Guy Armstrong

The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology
Jack Kornfield

Inside Vasubandhu’s Yogacara
Ben Connelly

Make Me One With Everything
Lama Surya Das


Tibetan Sound Healing
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

The Expressiveness of the Body
Shigehisa Kuriyama

The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

The Way of Qigong: the Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing
Kenneth S. Cohen

The Tibetan Book of Yoga: Ancient Buddhist Teachings on the Philosophy and Practice of Yoga
Geshe Michael Roach

The Tibetan Yogas of Body, Speech, and Mind
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

Tibetan Yoga of Movement: the Art and Practice of Yantra Yoga
Chogyal Namkhai Norbu and Fabio Andrico

Yantra Yoga: the Tibetan Yoga of Movement
Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Healing with Form, Energy and Light: the Five Elements in Tibetan Shamanism, Tantra, and Dzogchen
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

Dream Yoga: Illuminating Your Life Through Lucid Dreaming and the Tibetan Yogas of Sleep
Andrew Holecek

Tibetan Yoga for Health & Well-Being: Healing Practices of Body, Energy, and Mind (Jul 17, 2018)
Alejandro Chaoul Ph.D.

Handbook of Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda: An Integrated Practice of Ancient Healing Traditions (Jul 17, 2018)
Bridgette Shea L.Ac. MAcOM

The Supreme Siddhi of Mahamudra: Teachings, Poems, and Songs of the Drukpa Kagyu Lineage
by Sean Price (Translator), Adam Kane (Translator)