James A Blumenthal Library Subject Area Suggested Reading

The library at Maitripa College is growing in conjunction with our academic programs of study and in support of our practice community. The following books are recommended by faculty and others knowledgeable in these relevant subject areas. These have been added to our collections and are available for circulation. 

Compassionate Service

Coles, Robert. The Call of Service: A Witness to Idealism. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. HV91.C62 1993

Das, Ram, and Paul Gorman. 1985. How Can I Help?: Stories and Reflections on Service. New York: Knopf. BF637.H4 R36 1985

Davis, Adam. 2009. Hearing the Call Across Traditions: Readings on Faith and Service. Woodstock, VT: Skylight Paths Publishing. BL85.H34 2009

Keltner, Dacher, Jason Marsh, and Jeremy Adam Smith. 2010. The Compassionate Instinct: The Science of Human Goodness. New York: W.W. Norton. BF637.H4 C65 2010

Engaged Buddhism

Chappell, David W., ed. 2003. Socially Engaged Spirituality Essays in Honor of Sulak Sivaraksa on His 70th Birthday. Bangkok: Sathirakoses-Nagapradipa Foundation. BQ4570.S6 S62 2003

Eppsteiner, Fred, ed.. 1988. The Path of Compassion: Writings on Socially Engaged Buddhism. 2nd. Rev. ed. Berkeley: Parallax Press. BQ4570.S6 P37 1988

Jones, Ken. 2003. The New Social Face of Buddhism: A Call to Action. Boston: Wisdom Publications. BQ4570.S6 J65 2003

Kaza, Stephanie, and Kenneth Kraft, eds. 2000. Dharma Rain: Sources of Buddhist Environmentalism. BQ4570.E23 D49 2000

King, Sallie B. 2005. Being Benevolence: The Social Ethics of Engaged Buddhism. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press. BQ4160.K56 2005

Loy, David. 2003. The Great Awakening: A Buddhist Social Theory. Boston: Wisdom. BQ4570.S69 L69 2003

McLeod, Melvin, ed. 2006. Mindful Politics: A Buddhist Guide to Making the World a Better Place. Boston: Wisdom. BQ4570.S7 M56 2006

Moon, Susan, ed. 2004. Not Turning Away: The Practice of Engaged Buddhism. Boston: Shambhala. BQ4570.S6 N6 2004

Mun, Chanju, and Ronald S. Green, eds. 2006. Buddhist Exploration of Peace and Justice. Honolulu: Blue Pine. BQ4570.P4 B835 2006

Nhat Hanh, Thich. 1998. Interbeing: Fourteen Guidelines for Engaged Buddhism. 3rd ed. Berkeley: Parallax Press. BQ9800.T5392 N4545 1998

Nichtern, Ethan. 2007. One City: A Declaration of Interdependence. Boston: Wisdom. BQ4570.S6 N53

Puri, Bharati. 2006. Engaged Buddhism: The Dalai Lama’s Worldview. New York: Oxford University Press. BQ7935.B777 P87 2006

Rothberg, Donald. 2006. The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World. Boston: Beacon Press. BQ5660.R68 2006

Sivaraksa, Sulak. 1992. Seeds of Peace: A Buddhist Vision for Renewing Society. Berkeley: Parallax Press. BQ554.S857 1992

———. 2005. Conflict, Culture, Change: Engaged Buddhism in a Globalizing World. Boston: Wisdom. BQ4570.S6 S9 2005

———. 2009. The Wisdom of Sustainability: Buddhist Economics for the 21st Century. Kihei, Hawai’i: Koa Books.BQ4570.E25 S85 2009

Stanley, John, David Loy and Gyurme Dorje, eds. 2009. A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency. Boston: Wisdom. BQ4570.E23 B85 2009

Tucker, Mary Evelyn, and Duncan Ryuken Williams, eds. 1997. Buddhism and Ecology: The Interconnection of Dharma and Deeds. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Center for the Study of World Religions. BQ4570.E23 B83 1997

Interfaith Literacy and Leadership

Chodron, Thubten. 2000. Interfaith Insights. New Delhi: Timeless Books. BQ6122.I58 2000

Dalai Lama XIV. 2010. Towards a True Kinship of Faiths: How the World’s Religions Can Come Together. New York: Doubleday. BL85.B85

Eck, Diana. 2001. A New Religious America: How a “Christian Country” Has Become the World’s Most Religiously Diverse Nation. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco. BL2525.E35 2001

McCarthy, Kate. 2007. Interfaith Encounters in America. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press. BL2525.M393 2007

Smith, Jane Idleman. 2007. Muslims, Christians, and the Challenge of Interfaith Dialogue. New York: Oxford University Press. BP67.U6 S616 2007

Smock, David, ed. 2002. Interfaith Dialogue and Peacebuilding. Washington, D.C.: United States Institute of Peace Press. BL410.I548 2002

Introduction to Tantra

Butterfield, Stephen T. 1994. The Double Mirror: A Skeptical Journey into Buddhist Tantra. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books. BQ8938.B88 1994

Cozort, Daniel. 2005. Highest Yoga Tantra: An Introduction to the Esoteric Buddhism of Tibet. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion. BQ8938.C69 2005

Dasgupta, Shashi Bhushan. 1974. An Introduction to Tantric Buddhism. Berkeley: Shambhala. BQ8915.4.D37

Guenther, Herbert V. and Chögyam Trungpa. 1975. The Dawn of Tantra. Boston: Shambhala. BQ8916.G38 1975

Kirti Tsenshap, Rinpoche. 2011. Principles of Buddhist Tantra: A Commentary on Chöje Ngawang Palden’s Illumination of the Tantric Tradition: The Principles of the Grounds and Paths of the Four Great Secret Classes of Tantra. Boston: Wisdom. BQ8915.2.N353 K57 2011

Mullin, Glenn H. 2006. The Dalai Lamas on Tantra. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion. BQ2147.D35 2007

Preece, Rob. 2006. The Psychology of Buddhist Tantra. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion. BQ8918.6.P74 2006

———. 2011. Preparing for Tantra: Creating the Psychological Ground for Practice. Ithaca: Snow Lion. BQ7805.P74 2011

Reginald, Ray A. 2002. Secret of the Vajra World: The Tantric Buddhism of Tibet. Boston: Shambhala. BQ8912.9.C5 R39 2002

Rigdzin Dorje. 2001. Dangerous Friend: The Teacher-Student Relationship in Vajrayana Buddhism. Boston: Shambhala. BQ8939.5.R55 2001

Thubten Yeshe. 1987. Introduction to Tantra: A Vision of Totality. Boston: Wisdom. BQ8936.T48 1987

———. 2001. The Essence of Tibetan Buddhism: The Three Principal Aspects of the Path and Introduction to Tantra. Boston: LYWA. BQ7634.T48 2001

Trungpa, Chögyam. 1992. The Lion’s Roar: An Introduction to Tantra. Boston: Shambhala. BQ8918.T79 1992

———. 2000. Journey Without Goal: The Tantric Wisdom of the Buddha. Boston: Shambhala. BQ8918.7.T78 2000

Tsongkhapa. 1987. Tantra in Tibet. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion.

———. 1995. Preparing for Tantra: The Mountain of Blessings. Howell, NJ: Mahayana Sutra and Tantra Press. BQ7645.L35 P47 1995

———. 2005. Tantric Ethics: An Explanation of the Precepts for Buddhist Vajrayāna. Boston: Wisdom. BQ7950.T754 T37 2005

Lam Rim

Dalai Lama III, Glenn Mullin, comp., ed., trans. 1985. Selected Works of the Dalai Lama III: Essence of Refined Gold. Ithaca, N.Y.: Snow Lion. BQ7645.35.B7613 1985.

Newland, Guy. Introduction to Emptiness: as Taught in Tsong-kha-pa’s Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion. BQ7950.T754 L344436 2009

Pabongka Rinpoche. 1997. Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand: A Concise Discourse on the Path to Enlightenment. Boston: Wisdom Publications. BQ7645.L35 P4613 2007

Tāranātha, Jo-nang-pa. 2005. Essence of Ambrosia: A Guide to Buddhist Contemplations. Dharamsala: Library of Tibetan Works & Archives. BQ7645.L35 T37 2005

Tsongkhapa, Alex Wayman, trans.. 1978. Calming the Mind and Discerning the Real: Buddhist Meditation and the Middle View from the Lam rim chen mo of Tson-kha-pa. New York: Columbia University Press. BQ7950.T754 L34913


Blumenthal, James A. 2004. The Ornament of the Middle Way: A Study of the Madhyamaka Thought of Śāntarakṣita. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion. BQ3187.B58 2004

Cabezón, José Ignacio, and Geshe Lobsang Dargyay. 2007. Freedom from Extremes: Gorampa’s “Distinguishing the Views” and the Polemics of Emptiness. Boston: Wisdom. BQ7454.G59713 2007

Candrakīrki, Karen Lang, trans. 2003. Four Illusions: Candrakīrti’s Advice for Travelers on the Bodhisattva Path. New York: Oxford University Press. BQ3300.B6222 E522 2003

Dreyfus, Georges B.J., and Sara L. McClintok. 2003. The Svatantrika-Prasangika Distinction: What Difference Does a Difference Make? Boston: Wisdom Publications. BQ7478.S73 2003

Friquegnon, Marie-Louise. 2001. On Shantarakshita. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning. BQ7479.8.S267 F75 2001

Friquegnon, Marie-Louise, and Noé Dinnerstein, eds. 2012. Studies on Śāntarakṣita’s Yogācāra Madhyamaka. New York: Global Scholarly Publications. BQ3187.S78 2012

Hopkins, Jeffrey, and Elizabeth Napper, eds. 2003. Dependent-Arising and Emptiness: A Tibetan Buddhist Interpretation of Madhyamika Philosophy Emphasizing the Compatibility of Emptiness and Conventional Phenomena. Boston: Wisdom. BQ7950.T754 L345 2003

Nāgārjuna, Joseph Loizzo, trans. 2007. Nāgārjuna’s Reason Sixty with Candrakīrti’s Reason Sixty Commentary. New York: American Institute of Buddhist Studies at Columbia University. BQ7479.8.N347 N34 2007

Newland, Guy. 2008. Introduction to Emptiness: As Taught in Tsong-kha-pa’s Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion. BQ7950.T754 L344436 2008

Ruegg, David Seyfort. 2010. The Buddhist Philosophy of the Middle: Essays on Indian and Tibetan Madhyamaka. Boston: Wisdom. BQ7457.R835 2010

Śāntarakṣita. 2005. Adornment of the Middle Way: Shantarakshita’s Madhyamakalankara with Commentary by Jamgon Mipham. Boston: Shambhala. BQ3182.E5 S26 2005

Tsondru, Mabja Jangchub. 2011. Ornament of Reason: The Great Commentary to Nagarjuna’s Root of the Middle Way. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion. BQ7479.8.N344 M333713 2011

Westerhoff, Jan. 2009. Nāgārjuna’s Madhyamaka: A Philosophical Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press. BQ7479.8.N347 W48 2009


Chodron, Thubten, and Chögyam Trungpa. 1995. The Path is the Goal: A Basic Handbook of Buddhist Meditation. Boston: Shambhala. BQ5612.T78 1995

———. 2007. Guided Meditations on the Stages of the Path. Itaca, N.Y.: Snow Lion. BQ7645.L35 T48 2007

Dalai Lama VII, Glenn Mullin, ed and trans. 1999. Meditations to Transform the Mind. Ithaca, N.Y.: Snow Lion. BQ7935.B753 E5 1999

Dalai Lama XIV. 2003. Stages of Meditation. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion. BQ3137.B88 2003

Gedün Lodrö, Geshe. 1998. Calm Abiding and Special Insight: Achieving Spiritual Transformation Through Meditation. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion. BQ7805.L629 1998

Gen Lamrimpa. 1995. Calming the Mind: Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on Cultivating Meditative Quiescence. 2nd ed. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion. BQ7805.G46 1995

———. 1999. Realizing Emptiness: Madhyamaka Insight Meditation. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion. BQ7457.G46 1999

Jinpa, Thupten, trans. and ed. 2011. Essential Mind Training: Tibetan Wisdom for Daily Life. Boston: Wisdom. BQ7805.E87 2011

Kyabgon, Traleg. 2007. The Practice of Lojong: Cultivating Compassion Through Training the Mind. Boston: Shambhala. BQ7805.K93 2007

Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche. 1997. Luminous Mind: The Way of the Buddha. Boston:Wisdom. BQ7805.K37814 1997

Nam-kha Pel. 2002. Mind Training Like the Rays of the Sun. Dharamsala: Library of Tibetan Works and Archives. BQ7800.N34 2002

Thrangu, Rinpoche. 2002. Essential Practice: Lectures on Kamalashila’s “Stages of Meditation in the Middle Way School.” Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion. BQ3137.T47 2002

Wallace, B. Alan. 2005. The Bridge of Quiescence: Experiencing Tibetan Buddhist Meditation. Chicago: Open Court. BQ7950.T754 B9338 1998

Spiritual and Pastoral Care

Butler, Sarah. 1999. Caring Ministry: A Contemplative Approach to Pastoral Care. New York: Continuum. BV4012.B89 1999

Fisher, Danny. 2013. Benefit Beings!: The Buddhist Guide to Professional Chaplaincy. San Bernardino: Off the Cushion Books. BQ5305.C4 F57 2013

Koenig, Harold. 2007. Spirituality in Patient Care: Why, How, When, and What? Philadelphia: Templeton Foundation Press. R725.55.K64 2007

Paget, Naomi, and Janet McCormack. 2006. The Work of the Chaplain. Valley Forge, Penn: Jedson Press. BV4375.P34 2006

Spirn, Charles. 2000. My Life as a Chaplain: How a Hospital Chaplain Helps Patients. Rockville, MD: Shengold Books. BM652.5.S75 2000

Watts, Jonathan, and Yoshiharu Tomatsu. 2012. Buddhist Care for the Dying and Bereaved. Boston: Wisdom. R726.8.B83 2012

Woodward, James, Stephen Pattison, and John Patton, eds. 2000. The Blackwell Reader in Pastoral and Practical Theology. Malden, Mass: Blackwell. BV4011.B54 2000