Good Books for Meditation

Below is a response to a question a yogini asked for those of you interested in meditation.

Hi Todd,
Writing to ask for the titles of the meditation books that you referenced this weekend at training.
Thanks so much

Hi Carol,
The Buddhist text I was referring to is the Mahasatipatthana Sutta published by Vipassana Research Institute. Although you could find other interpretations by other authors I do like this one. Probably you could find at To be honest this one makes a lot of sense when immersed in a 10 day sit. Not the easiest to read first time in. Would take a couple of reads…. It is simple language and geared toward the renunciate path. It is a bit of an enigma in the sense that it is easy and challenging at the same time.

The other Yoga Sutra book is The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali~A New Translation and Commentary by Georg Feuerstein – this one is great! A bit more scholarly than the one we are using by Satchitananda. I did find that reading easy version of the Sutra first(Satchitananda) and then this one would be smart. 🙂

The other one was Man’s Eternal Quest by Paramahansa Yogananda – This can be very interesting. It took me several years to finish but I did read it through. This is good for really getting one to think! He is very God oriented which is great yet I tend to lean a bit toward Emptiness.

The last one which I didn’t talk about yet is what inspired our laying down on the beach mediation session is The Radiance Sutra by Lorin Roche, PH.D. I have practiced with Lorin and appreciate his translation. This is a Tantric text which really celebrates life and encourages an open mind and heart. No judgement and a lot of appreciation for the simple beauties in life.

One foot in front of the other. Happy reading!


Todd McLaughlin