Contemplative Reading Materials

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Bibliography compiled by:

Martha W. Travers, Ph.D.
Lecturer II, Contemplative Studies Jazz 450, 454, & 455
Department of Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation
(*Indicates: highly recommended)

Matsuo Basho. Bashos Narrow Road: Spring & Autumn Passages, tr Hiroaki Sato (Berkely, CA: Stone Bridge Press, 2023)
Thomas Cleary, tr. Minding Mind: A Course in Basic Meditation (Boston & London: Shambala, 2023)
Charles Cummins. Monastic Practices (Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications, l986)
David Fontana. Learn to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Self-Discovery and Fulfillment (London: Duncan Baird, l999)
Eugen Herrigel. Zen in the Art of Archery (NY: Pantheon Books, l953)*
Gertrud Hirschi. Mudras: Yoga in your Hands (Boston: Weiser Books, 2023)
Chungliang A Huang. Embrace Tiger Return to Mountain: The Essence of Tai Ji (Berkely, CA: Celestial Arts, l973)*
Will Johnson. The Posture of Meditation: A Practical Manual for Meditators of all Traditions (Boston: Shambala, l996)
Jon Kabat-Zinn. Whereever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life (NY: Hyperion, l994)
Da Liu. Tai Chi Chuan & Meditation (NY: Schocken, l986)
Jessica Macbeth. Moon Over Water: Mediation Made Clear with Techniques for Beginners and Initiates (Bath, England: Gateway Books, l990)
Tao Te Ching, tr Stephen Mitchell. (NY: HarperPerennial, l991)*
Thomas Merton. The Silent Life (NY: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux,l957)
Thomas Merton. Contemplative Prayer (NY: Doubleday, l969)
M. Basil Pennington. Seeking His Mind: 40 Meetings with Christ (Brewster, Mass: Paraclete Press, l989)
David Steindl-Rast. A Listening Heart: The Art of Contemplative Living (NY: Crossroad, l992)*
Sivananda Companion to Yoga: A Complete Guide to the physical postures, breathing exercises, diet, relaxation and meditation techniques of Yoga (NY: Simon & Schuster, l983)
Shunryu Zuzuki. Zen Mind Beginners Mind (Shambala)
Wayne Teasdale. A Monk in the World: Cultivating a Spiritual Life (Novato, CA: 2023)*
Alan Watts. Tao: The Watercourse Way (NY: Pantheon, 2023)*
John Briggs. Fire in the Crucible: Understanding the Process of Creative Genius.
Grand Rapids, MI: Phanes Press, 2023.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with
Everyday Life. NY: Harper Collins, 2023.
John F. Gardner. Education in Search of the Spirit. NY: Anthroposophic Press, l996.
James Hillman. The Souls Code: In Search of Character and Calling. NY: Warner Books, l996.
Peter London. No More Secondhand Art: Awakening the Artist Within

Boston: Shambhala, l989.
Rollo May. The Courage to Create. NY: Norton, l975.
Stephen Nachmanovitch. Free Play. NY: J.P. Tarcher, l990.
M.C. Richards. Centering in Pottery, Poetry, and the Person. Middletown, Conn: Wesleyan University Press, l964.
Denise Shekerjian. Uncommon Genius: How Great Ideas are Born. NY: Penguin, l990.
Thomas Berry. The Dream of the Earth. SanFrancisco: Sierra Club, l988.
Doug Boyd. Rolling Thunder: An Exploration into the Secret Healing Powers of
an American Indian Medicine Man. NY:Dell, l974.
Walter Holden Capps. Seeing with a Native Eye: Essays on Native American Religion. NY: Harper & Row, l976.
Joseph Campbell. Reflections on the Art of Living: A Joseph Campbel Companion, selected & edited by Diane Osbon. NY: Harper Collins, l991.
Wade Davis. One River: Explorations and Discoveries in the Amazon Rain Forest. NY: Touchstone, l996.
Mircea Eliade. Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy. NJ: Princeton University Press, Bollingen Series, l964.
Ereira. The Elder Brothers: A lost South American people and their message about the fate of the earth. NY: Knopf, l990.
Joan Halifax. The Fruitful Darkness: Reconnecting with the Body of the Earth. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, l993.
Willis Harman. Global Mind Change:The Promise of the 21st Century. San Francisco: Berett- Koehler Publishers/ Sausalito: Institute of Noetic Sciences, l998.
Jamake Highwater. The Primal Mind: Vision & Reality in Indian America NY: Harper & Row, l98l.
Arthur Kostler. The Roots of Coincidence. NY: Vintage, l973. Thomas Kuhn. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, l970.
J.E. Lovelock. Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth. Oxford: Oxford University Press, l979.
Jeffrey Mishlove. The Roots of Consciousness: The Classic Encyclopedia of Consciousness Studies Revised and Expanded Tulsa: Council Oaks Books, l993.
Arnold Mindell. The Shamans Body: A New Shamanism for Transforming Health, Relationships, and the Community San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, l993.
Michael Murphy.The Future of the Body: Explorations into the Further Evolution of Human Nature. NY: Jeremy Tarcher, l992.
Jeremy Narby. The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge NY: Jeremy P. Tarcher, l998.
Eric Neumann. The Origins and History of Consciousness. NJ: Princeton University Press, Bollingen Series, l954.
John Perkins. The World is as You Dream it: Shamanic Teachings from the Amazon and Andes. Rochester, VT: Destiny Books, l994.
Candace Pert. Molecules of Emotion.
Rupert Sheldrake. The Presence of the Past: Morphic Resonance and the Habits of Nature. Rocester, VT: Park Street Press, l988.
Rupert Sheldrake. The Rebirth of Nature: The Greening of Science and God. NY: Bantam, l99l.
Rupert Sheldrake. Seven Experiments That Could Change The World. NY: Riverhead Books, l995.
Alberto Tatzo and German Rodriguez. Vision Cosmic de los Andes. Quito, Ecuador: Proyecto de Educacion Bibligue Intercultural, l998.
Alberto Taxo. Friendship with the Elements, ed. Helen Slomovits. Ann Arbor, MI: LittleLight Publications, 2023, available:

Peter Thompkins and Christopher Bird. The Secret Life of Plants: A Fascinating Account of the Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Relations Between Plants and Man. NY: Harper & Row, l973.
Frank Waters. The Book of the Hopi. NY: Viking Press, l963.
Alan Watts. TAO:The Watercourse Way. NY: Pantheon, l975.
Ken Wilber. The Collected Works of Ken Wilber. Boston: Shambhala, 2023.