Here are some recommendations of books and authors who/which I found to be insightful. Some are recommended to me by Thusness/PasserBy. Note that I am not an avid reader, so the books I have read are limited.

This post will be updated time to time, when I have found new books worth mentioning.

Books list updated: 17th October 2012

Me: AEN's E-Journal

(Arranged Alphabetically)

Any articles and books by Aaron:

Ajahn Brahmavamso:
Topic: Theravada; jhana meditation

Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond: A Meditator's Handbook
Website: (many of his talks are available for download there)

Actual Freedom/The Third Alternative/Richard/etc:
Topic: Actualism

Good articles on 'No-Self':

Bernadette Roberts:
Topic: Christian contemplative tradition

What is Self: The Study of the Spiritual Journey in Terms of Consciousness

Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
Topic: Theravada; essential Buddhist mindfulness meditation

Mindfulness in Plain English
The Four Foundations of Mindfulness
Book available for free reading online:

Bernie Glassman:
Topic: Zen

Infinite Circle: Teachings in Zen

Topic: Buddhism

What The Buddha Taught (by Walpola Rahula)
 In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon (Teachings of the Buddha) by Bhikkhu Bodhi
The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya (Teachings of the Buddha)  
Basic Teachings of the Buddha (Modern Library Classics) (by Glenn Wallis)

Related websites:

Very good presentation of Buddha's teachings:

Charles Genoud:
Topic: Awareness Practice/Emptiness/Anatta  

Gesture of Awareness: A Radical Approach to Time, Space, and Movement


Charlie Singer:
Topic: Buddhism/Dzogchen

Reflections in a Mirror: The Nature of Appearance in Buddhist Philosophy

Charlotte Joko Beck:
Topic: Zen

 Everyday Zen: Love and Work
Nothing Special: Living Zen

Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche:
Topic: Dzogchen

The Supreme Source: The Fundamental Tantra of the Dzogchen Semde KUNJED GYALPO
The Cycle of Day and Night: An Essential Tibetan Text on the Practice of Dzogchen
The Crystal and the Way of Light: Sutra, Tantra, and Dzogchen
Dzogchen: The Self-Perfected State
The Mirror: Advice on the Presence of Awareness (See excerpts from
Dream Yoga and the Practice of Natural Light, Revised
Dzogchen Teachings
Dakpo Tashi Namgyal:
Topic: Mahamudra (seriously recommended meditation manuals!)
Clarifying the Natural State: A Principal Guidance Manual for Mahamudra
Mahamudra: The Moonlight: Quintessence of Mind and Meditation

Dalai Lama:
Topic: Buddhism; Dzogchen

How to See Yourself As You really Are
Lighting the Way 

Dzogchen: The Heart Essence of the Great Perfection


Darryl Bailey:
Dismantling the Fantasy

Good articles on 'No-Self':

David Carse:
Topic: Advaita

 Perfect Brilliant Stillness: Beyond the Individual Self

David Loy:
Nonduality: A Study in Comparative Philosophy

A list of his written articles and interviews can be found at: - many of his articles such as Nondual Thinking are well written on the aspect of Non-Duality.

Dharma Dan (Daniel M. Ingram):
Topic: Theravada; Mahasi Sayadaw style meditation
Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha (available for free download here).
Topic: Zen

Moon in a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen, edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi
Enlightenment Unfolds
Sounds of Valley Streams

Douglas Harding
Topic: Advaita
On Having No Head: Zen and the Rediscovery of the Obvious

Dudjom Lingpa

Topic: Dzogchen

Buddhahood Without Meditation: A Visionary Account Known As Refining One's Perception (Nang-jang)

Eckhart Tolle
Deeply transformative and inspirational even for beginners.

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose
Stillness Speaks

Godfrey Devereux:
Commentary of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali:

Greg Goode:
Topic: Advaita
The Direct Path: A User Guide
Standing as Awareness: Dialogs from Nondual Dinners
Nondualism in Western Philosophy

Hakuun Yasutani
Topic: Zen; Dogen studies

Flowers Fall: A Commentary on Zen Master Dogen's Genjokoan

Hee-Jin Kim
Topic: Zen; Dogen studies

Eihei Dogen: Mystical Realist


Hsu Yun:
Zen; Good self-inquiry advice.


Huang Po:
Topic: Zen

The Zen Teaching of Huang Po: On the Transmission of Mind, transl. by John Blofeld

Hui Hua:
Topic: Zen

Ch'an Master Hui Hua: Zen teachings of instantaneous awakening, transl. by John Blofeld

James M. Corrigan:
Topic: Advaita
An Introduction to Awareness
Jean Klein:
Topic: Advaita
I Am
Excerpts from books available for reading at:

Jeff Foster:
Topic: Advaita
The Wonder of Being: Awakening to an Intimacy Beyond
An Extraordinary Absence: Liberation in the Midst of a Very Ordinary Life

Jiddu Krishnamurti:
Freedom from the Known

Joan Tollifson:
Awake in the Heartland: The Ecstasy of What Is
Painting the Sidewalk with Water

John Astin:
This is Always Enough
Out Beyond Ideas (Downloadable: Free eBook)

John Myrdhin Reynolds:
Topic: Dzogchen

Self-Liberation Through Seeing with Naked Awareness
The Golden Letters

John Wheeler:
Topic: Advaita

Clear in Your Heart: The Radiant Mirror of Self-Shining Awareness

Judith Blackstone:
The Empathic Ground: Intersubjectivity and Nonduality in the Psychotherapeutic Process 
Belonging Here: A Guide for the Spiritually Sensitive Person

Keith Dowman:
Topic: Dzogchen

The Flight of Garuda
Natural Perfection: Longchenpa's Radical Dzogchen
Original Perfection: Vairotsana's Five Early Transmissions
Ken Wilber:
Topic: Advaita
A Simple Feeling of Being: Embracing Your True Nature
A Brief History of Everything 
One Taste: Daily Reflections on Integral Spirituality


Kenneth Folk:
Topic:  Advaita, Buddhism, Theravada, Meditation

Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche:
Topic: Mahamudra

Essentials of Mahamudra: Looking Directly at the Mind 
Pointing Out the Dharmakaya
Crystal Clear: Practical Advice for Mahamudra Meditators
Vivid Awareness: The Mind Instructions of Khenpo Gangshar

Leo Hartong:
Topic: Advaita
Awakening to the Dream: The Gift of Lucid Living
From Self to Self: notes & quotes in response to 'Awakening to the Dream'
LIberation Unleashed:
Topic: No-self; affiliated with Ruthless Truth


Mu Soeng
Topic: Buddhism/Emptiness teachings

The Heart of the Universe: Exploring the Heart Sutra

Nathan Gill
Topic: Advaita

Being - The Bottom Line
Already Awake



Topic: Dzogchen; Vajrayana; Buddhism
Treasures from Juniper Ridge: The Profound Treasure Instructions of Padmasambhava to the Dakini Yeshe Tsogyal

Ramesh S. Balsekar:
Topic: Advaita
Consciousness Speaks: Conversations With Ramesh S. Balsekar

Ramana Maharshi:
Topic: Self-inquiry

Be as You Are: The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi
The Spiritual Teaching of Ramana Maharshi
Rupert Spira:
Topic: Advaita
The Transparency of Things: Contemplating the Nature of Experience

Ruthless Truth/Ciaran/etc:
Topic: No-self


'Sailor' Bob Adamson
Topic: Advaita
Only That: The Life and Teaching of Sailor Bob Adamson
One Essence Appearing as Everything
Presence-Awareness: Just This and Nothing Else
What's Wrong with Right Now, Unless You Think About It?
Articles available for reading at:

Seung Sahn:

Topic: Korean Zen

Dropping Ashes on the Buddha: The Teachings of Zen Master Seung Sahn


Steve Hagen:
Topic: Buddhism and Zen

Buddhism Is Not What You Think: Finding Freedom Beyond Beliefs
Meditation Now or Never
Buddhism Plain & Simple
How the World Can Be the Way It Is: An Inquiry for the New Millennium into Science, Philosophy, and Perception

Tan Kheng Khoo:
Topic: Varied
List of articles written by long time meditation teacher Dr. Tan on meditation and various teachings by different teachers and religions, recent articles (e.g. those on Taoism I - General., Theravada Buddhism, Tony Parsons, etc.) are well-written on the experience of Anatta/No-Self:

Ted Biringer
Topic: Zen; Dogen studies

The Flatbed Sutra of Louie Wing: The Second Ancestor of Zen in the West

Tejananda John Wakeman:

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche:
Topic: Bon, Dzogchen

The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep

Thich Nhat Hanh:
Topic: Buddhism, Zen
The Sun My Heart
Peace Is Every Step
No Death, No Fear
Breathe! You Are Alive

Toni Packer: 
Topic: Awareness Practice, Anatta
The Silent Question: Meditating in the Stillness of Not-Knowing
The Wonder of Presence: And the Way of Meditative Inquiry
The Light of Discovery

Tony Parsons:
Topic: Advaita
Nothing Being Everything
All There Is
The Open Secret

U.G. Krishnamurti
The Mystique of Enlightenment (Part Two)
Available for reading here:

Venerable Yin Shun
Topic: Buddhism

The Way to Buddhahood

Walpola Rahula
Topic: Buddhism

What The Buddha Taught 
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