Center for Mindfulness and Justice

Reading List

Reading List

Recommended books & audio

Thich Nhat Hanh

  • The Miracle of Mindfulness
  • Peace is Every Step - The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
  • Keeping the Peace – Mindfulness & Public Service (Foreword by Cheri Maples)

Sharon Salzberg

  • Guided Meditations for Love & Wisdom (audio)
  • Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness
  • A Heart as Wide as the World: Living with Mindfulness, Wisdom, and Compassion

Jon Kabat-Zinn

  • Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness
  • Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life
  • Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness

Other Authors

  • Problem-Oriented Policing, Herman Goldstein
  • Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others, Laura van Dernoot Lipsky
  • Insight Meditation Kit: A Step-by-Step Course on How to Meditate (audio), Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzberg
  • Be Here Now, Ram Dass
  • Woman Awake, Christina Feldman
  • Zen Mind Beginner's Mind, Shunryu Suzuki
  • When Things Fall Apart - Heart Advice For Difficult Times, Pema Chodron
  • A Path With Heart, Jack Kornfield
  • The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle
  • Radical Acceptance, Tara Brach
  • The Tibetan Book of Living & Dying, Sogyal Rinpoche
  • Who Dies?: An Investigation of Conscious Living and Conscious Dying, Stephen & Ondrea Levine
  • The Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks

Meditation Practice in Prison

  • Be Free Where You Are, Thich Nhat Hann
  • Finding Freedom – Writings From Death Row, Jarvis Masters
  • Sitting Inside – Buddhist Practice in America's Prisons, Kobai Scott Whitney
  • Letters From the Dhamma Brothers, Jenny Phillips
  • We're All Doing Time, Bo Lozoff

The Guest House

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The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

– Rumi