paths of the formless

gyps3a  asked:

Hey! You have really great insight and I really appreciate how grounded you are in mindfulness and your practice of meditation. I just wanted to ask for book recommendations surround these topics! I'm just starting on my journey and I'm so hungry for other sources of knowledge. I appreciate anything you can send my way. Thank you & Namaste lovely lady

Hi sis! So glad you’re diggin the dharma. 

Here are some recs:

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
The Places That Scare You by Pema Chodron
These are books I recommend every day. This is because they comprehensively cover what are in my opinion the two most important facets of the spiritual path: the formless and immanently transcendent nature of consciousness and the necessity for compassion and sincerity in the presence of suffering. 

Rebel Buddha by Ponlop Rinpoche
Becoming Enlightened by the Dalai Lama
The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Suzuki Roshi
These are all fantastic Buddhist books. 

Be As You Are by Ramana Maharshi
I Am That by Nisargadatta Maharaj
Silence of the Heart by Robert Adams
Final Talks by Annamalai Swami
Self-Knowledge by Nome
These are more Hindu-based with an emphasis on the non-dual philosophy known as Advaita. 

The Ashtavakra Gita
The Avadhuta Gita
The Dhammapada
The Tao Te Ching
The Bhagavad Gita
And lastly, these are all “scriptures” from various spiritual traditions, ranging from Hindu to Taoist and Buddhist. 

Hope you enjoy–and by the way, I’m a man not a lady. :P