Recommended Reading

Dear JMC,
Can you tell me what books I should be reading to learn more about Jewish meditation?
– S.R.

 
Hi S.R. Thanks for writing! We get this question a lot, so it’s about time we put together a list. We’ll try to get a great list of resources and put it on the website, but we need everyone’s help! If you’re reading this, please contribute by leaving a comment below.
 
Reading List (books on meditation [Jewish and not] and  Jewish spirituality in a pretty arbitrary order):
 
Be Still and Get Going: A Jewish Meditation Practice for Real Life by Rabbi Alan Lew
God Is a Verb by Rabbi David Cooper
Jewish Meditation: A Practical Guide by Aryeh Kaplan
One God Clapping: The Spiritual Path of a Zen Rabbi by Alan Lew
Opening to You: Zen-Inspired Translations of the Psalms by Norman Fischer
That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist: On Being a Faithful Jew and a Passionate Buddhist by Sylvia Boorstein
This Is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared: The Days of Awe as a Journey of Transformation by Alan Lew
Jewish Meditation Practices for Everyday Life by Rabbi Jeff Roth
The Jew in the Lotus: A Poet’s Rediscovery of Jewish Identity in Buddhist India by Rodger Kamenetz
Meditation from the Heart of Judaism edited by Avram Davis
Jewish Spiritual Practices by Yitzhak Buxbaum
Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Your Word is Fire: The Hasidic Masters on Contemplative Prayer by Arthur Green and Barry W. Holtz
The Essential Kabbalah: The Heart of Jewish Mysticism by Daniel Matt
The Jewish Lights Spirituality Handbook
Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Nhat Han
After the Ecstasy, the Laundry by Jack Kornfield
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa
I and Thou by Martin Buber
The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron
The Path of Blessing by Marcia Prager