I love to read. This is an eclectic mix of some of my favorite books. I will keep adding to this list. Do you have a book you love and like to share with others?


“Poetry is a life-cherishing force.”  Mary Oliver

Bass, Ellen - The Human Line

Bly, Robert - Morning Poems

Gibran, Kahlil - The Treasured Writings of Khalil Gibran

Merwin, W. S - The Second Four Books of Poems

O’Donohue, John - To Bless the Space between Us

Oliver, Mary - Dreamwork

Rainer Maria Rilke - A Year with Rilke: Daily Readings from the Best of Rainer Maria Rilke. Translated and edited by Joanna Macy and Anita Barrows

Rumi - The Essential Rumi. Translated by Coleman Barks

Holden, Anthony and Ben Holden - Poems That Make Grown Up Men Cry

Practicing kindness and self-compassion

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche - Training in Tenderness: Buddhist Teachings on Tsewa, the Radical Openness of Heart That Can Change the World

Christopher Germer - The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions

Matthieu Ricard - Altruism: The Power to Change Yourself and the World

Kristen Neff - Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind

Sharon Salzberg - Loving-Kindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness

Tsoknyi Rinpoche - Open Mind, Open Heart: Awakening the Power of Essence Love

Why meditate?

Andy Fraser - The Healing Power of Meditation: Leading Experts on Buddhism,Psychology, and Medicine Explore the Health Benefits of Contemplative Practice

Dan Siegel - Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence - The Groundbreaking Meditation Practice

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche - Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness. New York: Harmony Books, 2007.

If you are caring for a dying person

Ira Byock - The Four Things That Matter Most: A Book about Living

Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelly - Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs and Communications of the Dying

Christine Longaker - Facing Death and Finding Hope: A Guide to the Emotional and Spiritual Care of the Dying

Joanne Lynn, Joan Harold, and Janice Lynn Schuster - Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People with Serious Illness

Wyatt, Karen - What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of the Dying

Saunders, Cicely - Watch with Me: Inspiration for a Life in Hospice Care

What do dying and death teach us?

Marie De Hennezel - Intimate Death: How the Dying Teach Us How to Live

Atul Gawande - Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Matters at the End

Joan Halifax - Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death

Paul Kalanithi - When Breath Becomes Air

Elizabeth Kübler-Ross - On Death and Dying: What the Dying Have to Teach Doctors, Nurses, Clergy and Their Own Families.

Henri Nouwen - Our Greatest Gift: A Meditation on Caring and Dying

Judith Lief - Making Friends with Death: A Buddhist Guide to Encountering Mortality

Frank Ostaseski - The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us about Living Fully

Randy Pausch - The Last Lecture

How contemplative practice can help you stay present at the bedsidE

Koshin Paley Ellison and Matt Weingast - Awake at the Bedside. Contemplative Teachings on Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Cheryl A. Giles and Willa B. Miller - The Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work

More heart advice from the Buddhist tradition

Pema Chödrön - When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche and David R. Shlim - Medicine and Compassion: A Tibetan Lama’s Guidance for Caregivers

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche - The Heart of Compassion

Shantideva - The Way of the Bodhisattva: A Translation of the Bodhicharyavatara.

Sogyal Rinpoche - The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.

Thich Nath Hanh - No Fear, No Death: Comforting Wisdom for Life

Thondup Tulku - Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth: A Tibetan Buddhist Guideboo

Tsoknyi Rinpoche - Carefree Dignity. Discourses on the Training of the Mind