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LovingkindnessLovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness
by Sharon Salzberg

Not only is this the definitive book on Lovingkindness (Metta) meditation, but this is also where you can find the beautiful, three-part Forgiveness practice, which uses these phrases:

If I have hurt or harmed anyone, knowingly or unknowingly, I ask their forgiveness.

If anyone has hurt or harmed me, knowingly or unknowingly, I forgive them.

For all the ways I have hurt or harmed myself, knowingly or unknowingly, I offer forgiveness. 


51KPEzObwlL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom
by Joseph Goldstein

“The fruit of more than thirty years’ experience leading Buddhist meditation retreats, this book touches on a wide range of topics raised repeatedly by students, whether they are beginners attending their first weekend course or seasoned practitioners on a three-month retreat. In short sections that can be either read in sequence of browsed through at leisure, Joseph Goldstein offers favorite Dharma stories, key teachings, and answers to most-asked questions.”





The Life of the Buddha
by Bhikkhu Nanamoli 

This book was recommended by Sally Armstrong and Andrea Fella, in response to a question for “one book” to read/study/ponder as a guide in following the Buddhist path.

From “Composed entirely of texts from the Pali cannon, this unique biography presents the oldest authentic record of the Buddha’s life and revolutionary philosophy. The ancient texts are rendered here in a language marked by lucidity and dignity, and a framework of narrators and voices connect the canonical text. Vivid recollections of his personal attendant Ananda and other disciples bring the reader into the Buddha’s presence, where his example offers profound inspiration and guidance on the path to freedom.”