Seeking the Heart of Wisdom: The Path of Insight Meditation (Shambhala Classics) by Robert Hall, Joseph Goldstein, & Jack Kornfield. One of the best books on insight meditation, clearly understandable and readable.

The Experience of Insight: A Simple and Direct Guide to Buddhist Meditation by Joseph Goldstein. Fundamentals of Insight Meditation and Buddhism (The Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, etc.)

Mindfulness in Plain English by Venerable Henepola Gunaratana. An amazingly clear guide to beginning meditation.

After the Ecstasy, the Laundry: How the Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual Path by Jack Kornfield. Stories of enlightened people today. Today’s masters, off their podiums, as equals.

A Path With Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life by Jack Kornfield. As a former Buddhist monk, a psychologist, and a seasoned meditation teacher, Kornfield has the qualifications to help us on our journey through life. “What matters is simple,” he writes. “We must make certain that our path is connected with our heart”

Stories of the Spirit, Stories of the Heart by Christina Feldman (Ed) and Jack Kornfield (Ed). Stories with spiritual messages passed down through the centuries form Christian, Buddhist, Sufi, Jewish, Native American traditions.

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron. The thorny path through hope, fear, death, loneliness, opinion and chaos should not be avoided. It is the goal. Uncompromising words from an insightful woman teacher.

One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism by Joseph Goldstein Explores common themes in different traditions of Buddhist teachings.

Radical Acceptance: Embracing your Life with the Heart of a Buddha by Tara Brach A psychotherapist and Buddhist meditation teacher offers stories and techniques to help people awaken from “the trance of unworthiness.”


Audio        Talks by Gil Fronsdal        Talks by John M. Travis         A comprehensive library of talks given by hundreds of Buddhist teachers
                                     including John Travis, Heather Sundberg, Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield
and many others                                                             




Local Area Sitting Groups

Auburn, Tuesdays 7:30-9:00pm, CanyonSpiritYogaCenter

Nevada City, Mondays 7:30-9:00 WildMountainYogaCenter

Rocklin, Mondays 6:30-8:00 Rocklin Montessori
5250 Fifth Street, Rocklin

See our newsletter or website ( for list of upcoming sitting Dharma Talk topics. Also, see website/newsletter a more extensive listing of all groups in Sierra Foothills


Mountain Stream Meditation Group
Nevada City
John Travis, Founding Teacher           

Spirit Rock
, CA (MarinCounty)
Jack Kornfield   

Insight Meditation Society
Barre, MA
(978) 355-4378
Joseph Goldstein & Sharon Salzberg