Literature Resources

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We’ve organized the resources and links so they are helpful and easy to find. Simply click on any of the tabs above to view resources within that category. To view links, below, click on the category to expand.

Buddhist & Other Contemplative Traditions

  • Taking the Path of Zen by Robert Aitken
  • Everyday Zen by Charlotte Joko Beck
  • Nothing Special by Charlotte Joko Beck
  • Zen Meditation in Plain English by John Daishin Buksbazen
  • When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron
  • Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield
  • Contemplative Prayer by Thomas Merton
  • Tao te Ching (version) by Stephen Mitchell
  • Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer: An Approach to Life in Fullness by David Steindl-Rast
  • Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
  • Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness by Sharon Salzberg
  • How the Swans Came to the Lake by Rick Fields
  • Mind of Clover: Essays on Zen Buddhist Ethics by Northpoint Press, 1984
  • Street Zen: The Life and Work of Issan Dorsey (Da Capo Press, 2000)
  • The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology by Jack Kornfield
  • Finding Freedom by Jarvis Jay Masters
  • Faces of Compassion: Classic Bodhisattva Archetypes and Their Modern Expression by Taigen Daniel Laighton
  • Dharma, Color and Culture by Hilda Gutierez Baldoquin
  • 9 Essays on Buddhism and the 12 Steps of Recovery, a San Francisco Zen Center Booklet
  • Don’t Bite the Hook, an audio recording of Pema Chodron
  • Taking Our Places by Norman Fischer
  • An Introduction to Buddhist Ethics by Peter Harvey
  • The Buddhist Dead by Bryan Cuevas
  • Turning Suffering Inside Out by Darlene Cohen
  • The Holy Teaching of Vimalakirti, translated by Bob Thurman


  • Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
  • Thoughts Without a Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective by Mark Epstein, M.D.
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  • Suicide and the Soul by James, Hillman
  • Illness as Metaphor by Susan Sontag
  • Grief Counseling & Grief Therapy (Second Edition) by J. William Worden
  • How Can I Help? Stories and Reflections on Service by Ram Dass & Paul Gorman
  • Creation Myths by Von Franz
  • Mythology by Edith Hamilton


  • Collected Poems by Emily Dickinson
  • What the Living Do by Marie Howe
  • The Enlightened Heart: An Anthology of Sacred Poetry by Stephen Mitchell, ed.
  • New and Selected Poems by Mary Oliver
  • The Clouds Should Know Me by Now (edited) by Red Pine and Mike O’Connor
  • The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain (translated) by Red Pine
  • One Robe, One Bowl: The Zen Poetry of Ryokan (translated) by John Stevens
  • Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  • Without by Donald Hall

Death & Dying

  • The Hour of Our Death by Philippe Aries
  • The Gifts of the Body by Rebecca Brown
  • Coming Home: A Guide to Dying at Home with Dignity by Deborah Duda
  • The Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Liberation Through Hearing in the Bardo by Francesca Fremantle and Chogyam Trungpa
  • Letters to a Dying Friend by Anton Grosz
  • Learning to Say Goodbye: When a Parent Dies by Eda Le Shan
  • Who Dies? An Investigation of Conscious Living and Conscious Dyingby Stephen Levine
  • Healing into Life and Death by Stephen Levine
  • Facing Death and Finding Hope: A Guide to the Emotional and Spiritual Care of the Dying by Christine Longaker
  • How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter by Sherwin B. Newland
  • Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal by Rachel Naomi Remen
  • The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche
  • Grace and Grit by Ken Wilber
  • The Death of Ivan Ilich by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  • The Zen of Living and Dying: A Practical and Spiritual Guide by Philip Kapleau
  • THE MAJESTY OF YOUR LOVING: A Couple’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s by Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle
  • Sacred Passage: How to Provide Fearless, Compassionate Care of the Dying, by Margaret Coberly
  • Being with Dying by Joan Halifax
  • Heaven’s Coast by Mark Doty
  • Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing and Dying by Ram Das

Helping Professions

  • How Can I Help by Ram Dass and Paul Gorman
  • Power in the Helping Professions by Adolf Guggenbuhl-Craig
  • My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor
  • Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes by William Bridges
  • Introduction to Pastoral Care by Charles Gerkin
  • Ministry and Spirituality by Henri Nouwen
  • The Cure Within by Anne Harrington

Contemplative Traditions

  • Theresa of Avila, the Interior Castle by Kieran Kavanaugh and Otillo Rodriguez

Below is a list of organizations related to the fields of caregiving and end-of-life care.