Recommended Reading

Mindfulness, Meditation, and Mysticism


A New Kabbalah for Women. Perle Besserman

Ecstatic Kabbalah (with Audio). David A. Cooper

God is a Verb: Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism. David A. Cooper

The Handbook of Jewish Meditation Practices: A Guide for Enriching the Sabbath and Other Days of Your Life. David A. Cooper

A Heart of Stillness: A Complete Guide to Learning the Art of Meditation. David A. Cooper

The Mystical Kabbalah (with Audio). David A. Cooper

Silence, Simplicity, and Solitude: A Guide for Spiritual Retreat. David A. Cooper

Discovering Jewish Meditation (2nd Edition): Instruction & Guidance for Learning an Ancient Spiritual Practice. Nan Fink Gefen

Sacred Therapy: Jewish Spiritual Teachings on Emotional Healing and Inner Wholeness. Estelle Frankel

The Wisdom of Not Knowing: Discovering a Life of Wonder by Embracing Uncertainty. Estelle Frankel

Be Still and Get Going: A Jewish Meditation Practice for Real Life. Alan Lew.

This Is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared: The Days of Awe as a Journey of Transformation. Alan Lew

Jewish Meditation Practices for Everyday Life: Awakening Your Heart, Connecting with God. Jeff Roth

My, Myself, and God: A Theology of Mindfulness. Jeff Roth

Mindful Jewish Living: Compassionate Practice. Jonathan Slater


Your Word is Fire: The Hasidic Masters on Contemplative Prayer. Ed. Arthur Green, Barry Holz

The Religious Thought of Hasidism: Text and Commentary. Norman Lamm

Tanya: the Masterpiece of Hasidic Wisdom. Rami Shapiro

A Partner in Holiness: Deepening Mindfulness, Practicing Compassion and Enriching Our Lives through the Wisdom of R. Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev’s Kedushat Levi, Vol. 1-2. Jonathan Slater


That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist: On Being a Faithful Jew and a Passionate Buddhist. Sylvia Boorstein

Jewish Dharma: A Guide to the Practice of Judaism and Zen. Brenda Shoshanna

The Jew in the Lotus: A Poet’s Rediscovery of Jewish Identity in Buddhist India. Rodger Kamenetz


Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life. Sylvia Boorstein 

It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness. Sylvia Boorstein

Pay Attention, for Goodness’ Sake: The Buddhist Path of Kindness. Sylvia Boorstein

Mindfulness. Joseph Goldstein

Mindfulness in Plain English. Bhante Gunaratana 

Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English. Bhante Gunaratana

After the Ecstasy, the Laundry. Jack Kornfield 

A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life. Jack Kornfield

Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program (with Audio). Sharon Salzberg

Tibetan Buddhist

Bodhisattva Mind: Teachings to Cultivate Courage and Awareness in the Midst of Suffering (Audio). Pema Chödrön 

When Things Fall Apart. Pema Chödrön

Luminous Emptiness: Understanding the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Francesca Fremantle

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

Light Comes Through. Dzigar Kongtrul

It’s Up To You: the Practice of Self-Reflection on the Buddhist Path. Dzigar Kongtrul

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism. Chögyam Trungpa 

Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior. Chögyam Trungpa

The Path of Individual Liberation: The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, Volume 1. Chogyam Trungpa (ed. Judith L. Lief)

The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion: The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, Volume 2. Chogyam Trungpa (ed. Judith L. Lief)

The Tantric Path of Indestructible Wakefulness: The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, Volume 3. Chogyam Trungpa (ed. Judith L. Lief)


The Path of Centering Prayer: Deepening Your Experience of God. David Frenette

The Interior Castle. Teresa of Avila

The Cloud of Unknowing. Unknown


Rumi’s Sun: The Teachings of Shams of Tabriz. transl. Refik Algan

The Soul of Rumi: A New Collection of Ecstatic Poems. transl. Coleman Barks

The Sufi Book of Life: 99 Pathways of the Heart for the Modern Dervish. Neil Douglas-Klotz

Spiritual Autobiography

Teresa of Avila: The Book of My Life. Mirabai Starr

Entering The Sacred Mountain: Exploring the Mystical Practices of Judaism, Buddhism, and Sufism. David A. Cooper

Stalking Elijah: Adventures with Today’s Jewish Mystics. Rodger Kamenetz

The Seven Storey Mountain. Thomas Merton.

Surprised by God. Danya Ruttenberg

Surprisingly Happy: an Atypical Religious Memoir. Sheila Weinberg