Reading list (spirituality)

This list is in order of increasing difficulty/abstraction, therefore:

  1. if you find the ones at the top too easy/not meaty enough, try something further down;
  2. if you find something unpalatable, try higher up the list.

For newbies

  • Buddha and his Friends by S. Dhammia & Susan Harmer
  • Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel
  • Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chögyam Trungpa
  • Loving What Is by Byron Katie
  • Radical Honesty by Brad Blanton

The poetry of enlightened humans

  • Zen Flesh, Zen Bones compiled by Paul Reps
  • Anything by Hafiz

Guidance from outside the universe

This blog

If you've read all that (or at the very least just The Disappearance of the Universe and Radical Honesty) my blog might start to make sense.


Deliberate omissions

  • The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle - because he includes a lot 'new age' ideas, though perhaps it's a necessary stepping stone - I certainly found it helpful
  • Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch - if you've read this, try Spoken Miracles by Martha Lucía Espinosa
  • David Hoffmeister - what he says is correct, but I find him less incisive than Kenneth Wapnick
  • Marianne Williamson - not teaching the same thing as Ken
  • Robert Perry - not teaching the same thing as Ken
  • I Am That by Sri Maharaj Nisargadatta - specifically mentioned (implicitly) and discounted by Arten in The Disappearance of the Universe

Ignorant omissions - additions suggested by others that I can't recommend because I haven't read them

  • anything by Osho - based on my friend showing me an "Osho card" or two, I'd put it in the For newbies section
  • The Sermon on the Mount: The Key to Success in Life by Emmet Fox - I'm so skeptical about anything based on the Bible, but apparently it can be a good preparation for Disappearance and the Course, especially for those with a Christian background - and I'd probably put it in the For newbies section

Freyr LePage

autistic, nonbinary, white, middle class

United Kingdom