Although I’ve never taken up spiritual residence in Buddhism, its teachings have graced my way through the years. As the Buddha said, “One who drinks deeply of the Dharma, with a clear and open mind, rests well.”

Swayambhunath. Photo by JT

Swayambhunath Stupa, Nepal. Photo by JT

The Dhammapada – Sayings of Buddha, from two special translations:
(1) Thomas Byrom’s version (Shambhala, 1993), and
(2) translated into Tibetan from the Pali by dGe-‘dun Chos-‘phel, then into English (Dharma, 1985)

Shantideva’s Bodhicaryavatara – a classic, from a translation by Richard Faulds and Danna Faulds. An English rendering of the title is “Entering the Path of Enlightenment.”

Shantideva’s Milarepa – I have long been fascinated by this extraordinary being who offered his teachings to the world through song – 100,000 songs, it is said! Can you imagine? 

Zen Gems: Return to the Origin – prized quotes from many sources. Zen philosophy has a unique knack for piercing delusion’s fog and cutting to the spiritual chase.


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