Even though I consider myself to be an atheist, I've been stumbling across some Buddhist concepts that really speak to me. I guess I'm starting to become a spiritual atheist, if that's a thing? Anyway, a lot of the wisdom in Buddhism seems to line up with stuff I've been talking about in therapy and I'm interested in learning more. The thing is, I just don't know where to start! So, does anyone here have any suggestions as to what books I as a newbie could start reading about Buddhism?
Hi MusicNerd. I'm also an atheist, but also love reading about many other religions, especially Buddhism. I think it's very possible to be a spiritual atheist.
I read "Buddhism for Busy People" by David Michie, it does go into depth about meditation and practicing mindfulness and compassion.
Also, pretty much any book written by the Dalai Lama himself would be worth a read. He is a very knowledgeable man, I saw him give a speech a few months ago, and he makes all of the principles of Buddhism easy to understand and put into practice.
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It really kind of depends on what school of Buddhism you're interested in. While, on the whole, across all schools, the most basic core is pretty much the same, they actually differ quite a lot.
But as a Zen Buddhist, three of my favorite writers are Thich Nhat Hanh (and I'd say "Peace is Every Step" is a very accessible entry), Pema Chodron and Jack Kornfield.
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