Books I Read in 2019

With the exception of Todd Rundgren‘s long-awaited “autobiography” and a meditation guide, I devoted the past year to reading and rereading the works of Bhante G. Here’s the list of books I read or reread in 2019:

  • Mindfulness in Plain English (Henepola Gunaratana)
  • Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English: An Introductory guide to Deeper States of Meditation (Henepola Gunaratana)
  • The Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English (Henepola Gunaratana)
  • The Meditator’s Atlas: A Roadmap to the Inner World (Matthew Flickstein)
  • Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness: Walking the Buddha’s Path (Henepola Gunaratana)
  • Meditation on Perception: Ten Healing Practices to Cultivate Mindfulness (Henepola Gunaratana)
  • The Individualist: Digressions, Dreams & Dissertations (Todd Rundgren)
  • Journey to Mindfulness: The Autobiography of Bhante G. (Henepola Gunaratana)
  • Loving-Kindness in Plain English: The Practice of Metta (Henepola Gunaratana)
  • Buddhist Suttas for Recitation: A Companion for Walking the Buddha’s Path (Henepola Gunaratana)

I’m now halfway through a really good book on the music of the Beatles, but as I will not finish it by the end of the year, that book will appear on next year’s list.

See For Yourself

“Question everything. Take nothing for granted. Don’t believe anything because it sounds wise and pious and some holy man said it. See for yourself. That does not mean that you should be cynical, impudent, or irreverent. It means you should be empirical. Subject all statements to the actual test of your own experience, and let the results be your guide to truth. Insight meditation evolves out of an inner longing to wake up to what is real and to gain liberating insight into the true structure of existence. The entire practice hinges upon this desire to wake to the truth. Without it, the practice is superficial.”

From Mindfulness in Plain English (Bhante Gunaratana)