In no particular order. Some repeats. Mostly collected from various blog posts.



Mindfulness in Plain English
Henepola Gunaratana
[type: unified concentration/mindfulness]

Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha
Daniel Ingram
[^^^ authorized pdf version]
[type: noting]

Five Ways to Know Yourself
Shinzen Young
[type: noting]

Opening the Hand of Thought
Kosho Uchiyama
[type: not precisely unified concentration/mindfulness]

Meditation for the Love of It
Sally Kempton
[type: mantra-esque]

Recollective Awareness Meditation
Jason Siff
[type: traditionally inspired but unique]

Upasaka Culadasa’s material
[type: concentration oriented]


Below are a subset of dense theoretical books that have been invaluable to me in thinking about what meditation is, what it actually does, why I should care, what the heck is happening to me, why is this going horribly wrong, and so forth. Some are quirky, but they are pretty much all deeply fucking brilliant and some of them are based on decades of research. This is a subset of the smartest stuff I’ve read in my entire life. Some might not seem to be immediately about meditation, but I promise they are relevant, at least from my perspective. If there is interest, and I have time, I will try to elaborate. I have also included some journal articles and blog posts that have been superlatively influential in my understanding.

I do not include evolutionary psychology or neuroscience resources, here, with a couple of exceptions. Rest assured, I have considered their absence, and I do not find them relevant to this particular project of the phenomenology of actually doing meditation.

PRISMs, Gom Jabbars, and Consciousness

Coming back to remember

Sensation’s Ghost: The Non-Sensory “Fringe” of Consciousness
Bruce Mangan, 2001

Maitreya’s Distinguishing Phenomena And Pure Being: With Commentary By Mipham
[excellent, careful, authoritative translation]
Publisher: Snow Lion (April 2, 2004)
ISBN-10: 1559392150
ISBN-13: 978-1559392150

Investigating Pristine Inner Experience: Moments of Truth
Russell T. Hurlburt

Experiencing and the Creation of Meaning
Eugene Gendlin

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (1st or 2nd ed.)
Steven C. Hayes, Kirk D. Strosahl, Kelly G. Wilson

After the Fight
Dan Wile

Being No One
Thomas Metzinger

Focusing by Eugene Gendlin

Self-Therapy by Jay Earley

Getting Things Done by David Allen
(This book is a double-edged sword. It can potentially take you farther from yourself instead of closer.)

Emotion-Focused Therapy by Leslie Greenberg

Mixed Emotions by Petra Martin

The Lover Within by Julie Henderson

Male Multiple Orgasm by Jack Johnston—Step/dp/1882899067/

Felt Sense: Writing with the Body by Sondra Perl

Arousal by Michael Bader

Compassion Focused Therapy by Paul Gilbert

Resolving Inner Conflict by Jay Earley

After the Honeymoon by Dan Wile

After the Fight by Dan Wile

When Panic Attacks by David Burns

Exposure Therapy for Anxiety by Jonathon Abramowitz, et al.

Core Catharsis by Lloyd Gregg

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy by Steven Hayes et al.

Lovingkindess by Sharon Salzberg

Compassion Focused Therapy: Distinctive Features by Paul Gilbert

(Much of the structure of the core practice was inspired from Gilbert’s organization of these topics.)

There are about four peer-reviewed journal articles that describe key aspects of alba emoting and two fairly fluffy books written in Spanish (the first of which cites those key articles). You can find Susana Bloch on Scopus or possibly Google Scholar.

Acceptance and commitment therapy

Wile, Daniel. “After the fight.” Using Your Disagreements to Build a Stronger Relationship. The Guilford Press (1995).

Gendlin, Eugene T. Experiencing and the creation of meaning: A philosophical and psychological approach to the subjective. Northwestern Univ Press, 1962.

[the two books below are more for reflective, offline processing]

Earley, Jay. Self-Therapy: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Wholeness and Healing Your Inner Child Using IFS, A New, Cutting-Edge Psychotherapy, 2nd Edition. Pattern System Books, 2012.

Gendlin, Eugene T. Focusing. Bantam Books, 2nd (revised) edition. 1982.

[the book below is more behaviorally oriented]

Gendlin, Eugene T. Focusing-oriented psychotherapy: A manual of the experiential method. Guilford Press, 2012.

[the book and cards below have more of emotional flavor, which you can bring back into the stuff above]

Greenberg, Leslie S. Emotion-focused therapy: Coaching clients to work through their feelings. American Psychological Association, 2002.

Martin, Petra. Mixed Emotions : A tool that helps you make decisions, solve problems, resolve conflicts, and more Cards. 2001.

[in the comments, please ask me to help you navigate the references–ask me stuff like, “where can i learn more about X” or, especially, “Why is this book on here?”]

How to Think Real Good

Nanananda ((Bhikkhu;). Concept and Reality in Early Buddhist Thought: An Essay on Papañca and Papañca-saññā-saṅkhā. Buddhist Publication Society, 1971.

Lamrimpa, Gen. How to Realize Emptiness. Snow Lion Publications, 2010.
[this was published previously under a different title, too, i think]

Tsongkhapa’s Praise for Dependent Relativity. Wisdom Publications Inc, 2011.

Demmin, Herbert. Ghosts of Consciousness: Thought and the Spiritual Path. Paragon House Publishers, 2003.

Gendlin, Eugene T. Experiencing and the creation of meaning: A philosophical and psychological approach to the subjective. Northwestern Univ Press, 1962.

Scott, Jim. Maitreya’s Distinguishing Phenomena and Pure Being with Commentary by Mipham. Snow Lion Publications (http://www. snowlionpub. com/), 2004.

Cantwell Smith, Brian. “On the origin of objects.” MIT Press. (1996).

Wilson, Mark. Wandering significance: An essay on conceptual behavior. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Mangan, Bruce. “Sensation’s Ghost.” Psyche 7 (2001): 18.

Hayakawa, S. Samuel Ichiye. Language in thought and action. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1990.

Fauconnier, Gilles, and Mark Turner. The way we think: Conceptual blending and the mind’s hidden complexities. Basic Books, 2008.

Johnson-Laird, Philip N. How we reason. Oxford University Press, 2006.

Williams, Joseph M. “Style: Ten lessons in clarity and grace.” (2002).

Katie, Byron. Loving what is: Four questions that can change your life. Random House Digital, Inc., 2003.

Stanovich, Keith. Rationality and the reflective mind. Oxford University Press, USA, 2011.

Burns, David D. When panic attacks: The new, drug-free anxiety therapy that can change your life. Broadway, 2007.

Ihde, Don. Experimental phenomenology: An introduction. SUNY Press, 1986.
Ihde, Don. Experimental Phenomenology: Multistabilities. SUNY Press, 2012.

Carruthers, Mary Jean, and Jan M. Ziolkowski, eds. The medieval craft of memory: an anthology of texts and pictures. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004.

Carruthers, Mary. The craft of thought: Meditation, rhetoric, and the making of images, 400-1200. Vol. 34. Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Hofstadter, Douglas R. “Waking up from the Boolean dream, or, subcognition as computation.” Metamagical themas: Questing for the essence of mind and pattern (1985): 631-665.

Smolensky, Paul, and Géraldine Legendre. The harmonic mind. Vol. 1. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2006.

Churchland, Paul M. Plato’s camera. The MIT Press, 2012.



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