Recommended books

Practical Meditation

These books offer practical instructions and focus on the development of meditation skills and insights.

The Mind Illuminated

The mind illumianted

The Mind Illuminated by Culadasa is a phenomenal book. I’ve never encountered such a clear, practical and comprehensive meditation manual. This meditation manual offers step-by-step guidance, and can take you from the very first sit all the way to mastery of the deepest states of peace and insight.

The techniques taught in The Mind Illuminated are designed to progressive build your cognitive skills such as stability of attention and mindfulness so that they can be used to cultivate of tranquility and insight. As opposed to other practical manuals, the emphasis and the map of progress is not defined by the occurence specific experiences, but by the mastery of key skills.

Since encountering it in 2016, I’ve been practicing the technique taught in The Mind Illuminated, and am now training as a teacher under Culadasa. If you’re looking for a single meditation book that covers it all, this is the one.

Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha

Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha

Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha is a thorough and straight-to-the-point meditation manual by Daniel Ingram.

In this book, Daniel, a self-declared arahant (enlightened being) insists that enlightenment is fully attainable given the proper practices. He also goes to great lengths to redefine what enlightenment actually is, and to debunk the unrealistic and life-denying expectations that typically surround it. Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha is known for its extremely detailed descriptions of the Theravadin “16 stages of insight”, an ancient map outlining the development of meditative insights. Daniel also warns of the dangers of the “Dark Night of the Soul”, an infamous stage induced by partial insights where practitioners may get stuck, especially when lacking proper guidance.

While an understandably controversial book, Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha has done arguably more than all its critics have for the emergence of pragmatic meditation communities and the development of serious practitioners. The second expanded edition is coming out in the following weeks, and I can’t wait to receive my copy.

The Mind Illuminated

The Mind Illuminated by Culadasa is a phenomenal book. I’ve never encountered such a clear, practical and comprehensive meditation manual. This meditation manual offers step-by-step guidance, and can take you from the very first sit all the way to mastery of the deepest states of peace and insight.

The techniques taught in The Mind Illuminated are designed to progressive build your cognitive skills such as stability of attention and mindfulness so that they can be used to cultivate of tranquility and insight. As opposed to other practical manuals, the emphasis and the map of progress is not defined by the occurence specific experiences, but by the mastery of key skills.

Since encountering it in 2016, I’ve been practicing the technique taught in The Mind Illuminated, and am now training as a teacher under Culadasa. If you’re looking for a single meditation book that covers it all, this is the one.

Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha

Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha is a thorough and straight-to-the-point meditation manual by Daniel Ingram.

In this book, Daniel, a self-declared arahant (enlightened being) insists that enlightenment is fully attainable given the proper practices. He also goes to great lengths to redefine what enlightenment actually is, and to debunk the unrealistic and life-denying expectations that typically surround it. Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha is known for its extremely detailed descriptions of the Theravadin “16 stages of insight”, an ancient map outlining the development of meditative insights. Daniel also warns of the dangers of the “Dark Night of the Soul”, an infamous stage induced by partial insights where practitioners may get stuck, especially when lacking proper guidance.

While an understandably controversial book, Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha has done arguably more than all its critics have for the emergence of pragmatic meditation communities and the development of serious practitioners. The second expanded edition is coming out in the following weeks, and I can’t wait to receive my copy.