wisdom files

This is a living “library” comprised of suggested readings for Sangha and the frequently-referenced texts used in our practice, which I have also linked throughout my various writings over the years. It is certainly not intended to be comprehensive.

Rather it reflects my personal approach to this spiritual path of study and practice — informing what I teach and how I facilitate the rich conversations that support our learning and growing together as a spiritual community.


Foundational Wisdom Teachings

3 Jewels/3 Refuges: The Buddha, The Dharma, The Sangha

The Three Jewels | Buddha 101
Taking Refuge | Plum Village
The Three Refuges (Audio) | Plum Village

4 Noble Truths: There is Suffering, There are Causes of Suffering, There is an End of Suffering, The Noble Path is the End of Suffering

The Buddha’s Four Noble Truths | Sylvia Boorstein
True Love + the 4 Noble Truths | Thich Nhat Hanh
What Are the 4 Noble Truths? | Melvin McLeod

4 Foundations of Mindfulness: Contemplation of Body, Contemplation of Feeling, Contemplation of Consciousness, Contemplation of Mental Objects

Embodied Practice: 4 Foundations of Mindfulness | 3 Jewels Yoga
~ Transformation and Healing: Sutra on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness | Thich Nhat Hanh

5 Mindfulness Trainings: Reverence for Life, True Happiness, True Love, Loving Speech + Deep Listening, Nourishment + Healing

5 Mindfulness Trainings | Plum Village
~ For A Future To Be Possible | Thich Nhat Hanh
       ~2 versions: Commentaries on the 5 Mindfulness Trainings [1993]
                            Buddhist Ethics in Everyday Life [2007]

5 Spiritual Faculties: Trust, Wisdom, Mindfulness, Concentration, Diligence
Perspectives on the 5 Spiritual Faculties | 3 Jewels Yoga

8-Fold Path: Skillful Understanding, Skillful Intent, Skillful Speech, Skillful Action, Skillful Livelihood, Skillful Effort, Skillful Mindfulness, and Skillful Concentration
I have a particular fondness for the use of the word “skillful”  here; various translations of the Buddhist Canon also describe these eight practices of the “Middle Way” as “right” or “wise.”

~ Contemplations on Skillful Understanding + Thinking  | 3 Jewels Yoga

~ Contemplations on Skillful Speech, Action + Livelihood  | 3 Jewels Yoga

~ Contemplations on Skillful Effort, Mindfulness + Concentration  | 3 Jewels Yoga

The Eightfold Path | Buddha 101
~ The Way to End Suffering | Bhikku Bodhi
~ Discourse on the Middle Way | Plum Village
~ Beyond the Self: Teachings on the Middle Way | Thich Nhat Hanh


The Dhammapada

~ Annotated + Explained | Max Müller + Jack Maguire
Access to Insight
~ Gil Frondsal

Insights on Practice + Study

On Sangha + Spiritual Friendship

~ Creating Inclusive + Welcoming Buddhist Sanghas in the U.S. |      Mushim Patricia Ikeda
The Fertile Soil of Sangha | Thich Nhat Hanh
Gathered + Rooted | 3 Jewels Yoga
Good Spiritual Friends | 3 Jewels Yoga
The Sangha Without Thich Nhat Hanh | Matt Gesicki
The Suchness of Sangha | 3 Jewels Yoga

Works by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

Tell Me Something About Buddhism

Works by Thich Nhat Hanh

Breathe, You Are Alive!
Friends on the Path: Living Spiritual Communities
Living Buddha, Living Christ
Zen Battles: Modern Commentary on the Teachings of Master Linji
[alternate title: Nothing To Do, Nowhere To Go]

Related Eastern Wisdom Teachings

Bhagavad Gita
~ Annotated + Explained | Shri Purohit Swami + Kendra Crossen Burroughs
Stephen Mitchell

Tao Te Ching
Annotated + Explained | Derek Lin
Stephen Mitchell

Toward Wholeness Reading History

From Sangha’s immersion series on the intersections of spirituality, identity — ability, race, culture, gender, sexuality — and embodied awareness.

3 Jewels Yoga Sangha
Body As Nature Series

Buddhist Peace Fellowship
Gender Dysphoria and The Dharma
White Privilege + the Mindfulness Movement

Everyday Feminism
9 Ways We Can Make Social Justice Movements Less Elitist + More Accessible
I’m Not a Person with a Disability. I’m a Disabled Person.

Zenju Earthlyn Manuel
I Can Breathe: A Meditation Surviving Acts of Hatred
The Way of Tenderness

Relevant Magazine
4 Misconceptions About Mental Illness + Faith
How Church Can Lead Racial Reconciliation
Why Are Sunday Mornings Still So Segregated

The Body Is Not An Apology
Did You Do Any of These 6 Activities Today? Then You Have Class Privilege
Lucky To Be Alive: The Everyday Ways We Tell People with Disabilities They Should Not Be Here
Nobody Bothers To Ask: The Challenges of Being Sexual in disabled/trans/genderqueer/etc..Body

angel Kyodo williams
Radical Dharma
Social Justice + Buddhism

 Tim Wise
Fighting the Normalization of Inequality 

Larry Yang
Directing The Mind Towards Practices in Diversity
Remembering What It Means To Be Gay
Toward A Multicultural Buddhist Practice