Western Buddhism

The following are helpful texts about the engagement of recent Western cultures with Buddhism, both from an academic and from a personal perspective:

Academic Explorations

Batchelor, M. (1996). Women on the Buddhist path. London: Thorsons.

Batchelor, S. (1990). The faith to doubt: Glimpses of Buddhist uncertainty. Berkeley, CA: Parallax Press.

Batchelor, S. (1994). The awakening of the West: The encounter of Buddhism and Western culture. London: Acquarian.

Carrette, J. & King, R. (2005).  Selling Spirituality: The silent takeover of religion. London: Routledge.

Cohen, E. (2010). From the Bhodi tree, to the analyst’s couch, then into the MRI scanner: The psychologisation of Buddhism. Annual Review of Critical Psychology, 8, 97-119.

Gyatso, T. (the Dalai Lama) (1999). Ancient wisdom, modern world: Ethics for a new millennium. London: Little Brown and Company.

Kornfield, J. (2000). After the ecstasy, the laundry: How the heart grows wise on the spiritual path. London: Rider.

McMahan, D. L. (2008). The making of Buddhist modernism. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Welwood, J. (1983). Awakening the heart: East/West approaches to psychotherapy and the healing relationship. Boston: Shambhala.

Williams, J.M.G. & Kabat-Zinn, J. (2011). Mindfulness: diverse perspectives on its meaning, origins, and multiple applications at the intersection of science and Dharma. Contemporary Buddhism, 12 (1), 1-18.

Autobiographical Accounts

Batchelor, S. (2010). Confession of a Buddhist atheist. New York, NY: Spiegel & Grau.

Goldberg, N. (1993). Long quiet highway: Waking up in America. New York, NY: Bantam Books.

Goldberg, N. (2002). The great failure: My unexpected path to truth. San Francisco, CA: HarperSanFrancisco.

Kornfield, J. (2008). The wise heart: Buddhist psychology for the West. London: Rider.

Larkin, G. A. (1997). Stumbling towards enlightenment. Berkeley, CA: Celestial Arts.

Levins, S. (1979). A gradual awakening. London: Rider.

Milner, M. (1986). A life of one’s own. Virago Press.

Parks, T. (2010). Teach us to sit still: A sceptic’s search for health and healing. London: Vintage.

Tompkins, P. (2001). The book of answers: From Tao to Zen and back again. London: Bloomsbury.