The Zen Index – Books

A few of my absolute favourite books about Buddhism.


The art of happiness at work - Dalai Lama & Howard C. Cutler

The Art of Happiness at Work changed my life, for real. I hated my job at the time, and this book helped me take responsibility for my part in making it unbearable for myself, and it helped me forge better relationships with my workmates, which made them more bearable.  There's stacks of very practical advice in here that you can implement tomorrow and start changing your experience at work immediately.

I swear!

Purchase a copy here.


When Things Fall Apart - Pema Chödrön

When Things Fall Apart is a daunting title, I’ll give you that, but it is the book I recommend most often at my own book signings because it’s a story many women will relate to. Imagine your partner coming home one day and announcing, completely out of the blue, that your marriage is over. No discussion, no explanation, and you had no idea they were even slightly unhappy. That’s what happened to this woman, who’d wrapped herself up in keeping house, tending the garden and living her husband.

Things fell apart and she had no choice but to rebuild them, all by herself. It’s incredibly inspiring and comforting, and you won’t believe where she ends up!

Grab a copy here.


How to eat - Thich Nhat Hanh

How To Eat by Thich Nhat Hanh is one of his lovely mindfulness series, which breaks down every day activities and shows us how we can use them as meditation. He is a much loved meditation master, and well worth a google, but I thought we’d start with this one because eating is a really easy activity to do mindfully.

There are so many wonderful sensations involved in eating, if we just give ourselves a chance, we can easily dive deeply into the moment and forget the future and the past, and that is really all that mindfulness is. Mindful eating is also healthy, and I know we’re always looking for ways to eat better, so give this one a try. I promise you, it’s really quite lovely.

Purchase your copy here.


Heart of Buddha’s Teaching - Thich Nhat Hanh

Heart of Buddha’s Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh is a wonderfull intro to Buddhism for anyone who’s interested in taking their studies a bit further. It’s written for beginners, so it’s very easy to understand, but Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most respected Buddhist scholars in the world, so you know it’s solid. By the time you finish this book, you’ll know what Buddhism is about.

Purchase your copy here.

Anh's Anger - Gail Silver

Anh's Anger - Gail Silver

Ahn’s Anger is an international bestseller in children’s literature and uses Buddhist techniques of self calming to help children deal with anger.

I’m sure many adults reading along will find inspiration in Ahn’s journey as well! This is a wonderful resource for kindergarten and prep aged children.

Purchase your copy here.


Is Nothing Something?: Kid's questions and zen answers about life, death, family, friendship and everything in between - Thich Nhat Hanh

Is Nothing Something? Ok, so you know by now I’m a massive fan of Thich Nhat Hanh. His ability to communicate Buddha’s teachings with people of all ages and backgrounds is just magical, and he has a particularly special way with children.

In this book he gives us all some inspiration in how to answer those incredibly tricky questions only kids can dream up.

Grab your copy here.