Die besten 27 Bücher zu Buddhism

Buddhism is a spiritual tradition that has inspired millions of people worldwide for centuries. Its teachings provide guidance on mindfulness, compassion, and personal growth. Our carefully selected book list is designed to help you delve into the rich world of Buddhist wisdom.

These books cover diverse aspects of Buddhism, offering insights and practices to help you nurture inner peace and cultivate a more mindful life. So, why not embark on this enlightening journey and discover the transformative power of Buddhist teachings?
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Buddhism Bücher: The Varieties of Religious Experience von William James

The Varieties of Religious Experience

William James
A Study in Human Nature
4.0 (49 Rezensionen)
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Worum geht's in The Varieties of Religious Experience?

Based on a series of lectures given by William James between 1901 and 1902, The Varieties of Religious Experience (1902) is an in-depth exploration of how we experience religion and how a personal approach to religion can be profoundly useful to us.

Wer The Varieties of Religious Experience lesen sollte

  • People interested in psychology
  • Students of philosophy and religion

Buddhism Bücher: Buddhism – Plain and Simple von Steve Hagen

Buddhism – Plain and Simple

Steve Hagen
The Practice of Being Aware, Right Now, Every Day
4.4 (389 Rezensionen)
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Worum geht's in Buddhism – Plain and Simple?

Buddhism Plain and Simple (2013) is your no-nonsense guide to essential Buddhist practices. From building awareness to living in the present moment, Buddhism’s most important teachings are explained in a clear and accessible way, and are linked to aspects of everyday life where we need them the most.

Wer Buddhism – Plain and Simple lesen sollte

  • Spirituality enthusiasts seeking a deeper understanding of human existence
  • Professionals who feel too busy to live in the moment
  • Anyone who wants to stop living in ignorance of basic Buddhist truths

Buddhism Bücher: The Book of Joy von Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu

The Book of Joy

Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
4.6 (301 Rezensionen)
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Worum geht's in The Book of Joy?

The Book of Joy (2016) is an insightful guide to living a life free of sadness, stress and suffering. These blinks are full of actionable ways to cultivate joy for yourself and others while overcoming the obstacles that so often prevent people from finding happiness on earth.

Wer The Book of Joy lesen sollte

  • People who are feeling down on life
  • Those who struggle to cultivate meaningful relationships
  • Anyone interested in Buddhist teachings

Buddhism Bücher: Thoughts Without a Thinker von Mark Epstein

Thoughts Without a Thinker

Mark Epstein
Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective
4.4 (130 Rezensionen)
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Thoughts Without a Thinker (1995) describes the fundamental principles of the Buddhist tradition through a psychoanalytic lens. These blinks explain how meditation and mindfulness can soothe the mind, alleviate suffering and heal mental illness.

Wer Thoughts Without a Thinker lesen sollte

  • People who suffer from depression and anxiety
  • Anyone interested in Buddhism or psychotherapy
  • Anyone skeptical about mindfulness

Buddhism Bücher: The Wisdom of Life von Arthur Schopenhauer

The Wisdom of Life

Arthur Schopenhauer
4.4 (274 Rezensionen)
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Worum geht's in The Wisdom of Life?

Schopenhauer’s The Wisdom of Life (1851) is a short philosophical essay about what constitutes human happiness. Starting with ancient Greek philosophers’ ideas on human happiness, Schopenhauer develops his own thoughts on what people need to be happy.

Wer The Wisdom of Life lesen sollte

  • Academic and armchair philosophers
  • Anyone striving for happiness and wisdom
  • Lovers of nineteenth-century German philosophy

Buddhism Bücher: The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari von Robin Sharma

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

Robin Sharma
A guide to using ancient practices to improve your quality of life and achieve your goals
4.5 (793 Rezensionen)
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Worum geht's in The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari?

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari (1997) offers a remedy to the problems of modern life. A fable, it tells the story of the enlightenment of ex-lawyer Julian Mantle and gives advice on how to live a happier, more rewarding and enlightened existence.

Wer The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari lesen sollte

  • Fans of self-help books
  • People interested in Eastern mysticism
  • Workaholics

Buddhism Bücher: The Distraction Addiction von Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

The Distraction Addiction

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
Getting the Information You Need and the Communication You Want, Without Enraging Your Family, Annoying Your Colleagues and Destroying Your Soul.
4.0 (119 Rezensionen)
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Worum geht's in The Distraction Addiction?

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang’s The Distraction Addiction (2013) takes a look at attention in today’s distraction-riddled society and asks how we can stay connected and productive. Drawing on fascinating new research by neuroscientists and psychologists, as well as traditional Buddhist thought, Pang offers hands-on advice on how to stay focused and overcome our internet addictions in a new digital age.

Wer The Distraction Addiction lesen sollte

  • Parents with internet-addicted children
  • Anyone who feels they couldn’t do without the internet for a day
  • The seriously distracted looking for tips to boost their attention

Buddhism Bücher: Ikigai von Hector Garcia Puigcerver and Francesc Miralles


Hector Garcia Puigcerver and Francesc Miralles
The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life
4.6 (1.232 Rezensionen)
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Worum geht's in Ikigai?

Ikigai (2016) is your guide to living a long, happy life through the wisdom of Japanese culture. These blinks delve into every area of Japanese life to uncover their secrets of longevity and to explain why so many Japanese, especially those on one island in particular, live well past 100 years of age.

Wer Ikigai lesen sollte

  • Japanese cultural enthusiasts
  • Those wishing to live to a hundred
  • Seekers of happiness

Buddhism Bücher: The Fear Factor von Abigail Marsh

The Fear Factor

Abigail Marsh
How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths and Everyone in Between
4.1 (65 Rezensionen)
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Worum geht's in The Fear Factor?

The Fear Factor (2017) examines the multifaceted role that fear plays in our lives. Though commonly perceived as a purely negative emotion, fear is in fact linked to several virtuous human characteristics, such as empathy and altruism.

Wer The Fear Factor lesen sollte

  • People who want to become more altruistic
  • Those interested in neurology and how it affects certain behaviors
  • Individuals who want to turn their fears into something useful

Buddhism Bücher: How to Love von Thich Nhat Hanh

How to Love

Thich Nhat Hanh
4.3 (360 Rezensionen)
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Worum geht's in How to Love?

How to Love (2015) is an indispensable collection of teachings on the subject of love from the world-renowned Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh. Packed full of wisdom and insight, this aphoristic handbook unlocks the mysteries of true love in its exploration of what it means to love ourselves, our partners and the world itself.

Wer How to Love lesen sollte

  • Star-crossed lovers
  • Singles looking for their Mr – or Ms – Darcy
  • Anyone searching for mindful answers to the conundrums of love

Buddhism Bücher: Life’s Amazing Secrets von Gaur Gopal Das

Life’s Amazing Secrets

Gaur Gopal Das
How to Find Balance and Purpose in Your Life
4.5 (246 Rezensionen)
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Worum geht's in Life’s Amazing Secrets?

Packed full of practical wisdom, Life’s Amazing Secrets (2018) begins with a clarifying premise: to experience happiness and balance, we must maintain a spiritual practice, as well as pay attention to our personal lives, our relationships, our work and our social contributions. How to do that is what these blinks are all about. 

Wer Life’s Amazing Secrets lesen sollte

  • People seeking purpose in life
  • Successful individuals who aren’t content
  • Seekers striving to realize their potential

Buddhism Bücher: The Way of Zen von Alan W. Watts

The Way of Zen

Alan W. Watts
4.5 (694 Rezensionen)
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Worum geht's in The Way of Zen?

The Way of Zen (1957) is a classic work that lays out the historical origins and core principles of Zen Buddhism. Our world is changing at breakneck speed, and it often seems that the old rules cease to apply as soon as we’ve gotten used to them. The Eastern philosophy of Zen can help us find the mental stillness and the joy in uncertainty we desperately need.

Wer The Way of Zen lesen sollte

  • Newcomers to Eastern philosophy and history
  • Those who want to challenge their minds to see the world differently
  • Fans of Alan Watts

Buddhism Bücher: On Having No Head von Douglas Harding

On Having No Head

Douglas Harding
Zen and the Rediscovery of the Obvious
3.9 (168 Rezensionen)
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Worum geht's in On Having No Head?

On Having No Head (1961) is a one-of-a-kind classic of philosophy, spirituality, and mysticism. Combining empirical observations, mystical experiences, logical arguments, personal introspection, practical exercises, Zen Buddhism, and other Eastern spiritual traditions, its aim is to smash through the dualisms that lie beneath much of Western thought: subject and object, mind and body, self and non-self, internal and external world. In their place, the author contends that we can see ourselves and the world around us in a radically different way.

Wer On Having No Head lesen sollte

  • Students of Western and Eastern philosophy 
  • People wanting to understand the nature of consciousness 
  • Anyone interested in Zen Buddhism

Buddhism Bücher: The Quiet Mind von John E. Coleman

The Quiet Mind

John E. Coleman
3.9 (183 Rezensionen)
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Worum geht's in The Quiet Mind?

The Quiet Mind (1971) is the firsthand account of an American intelligence agent who traveled the Eastern world in search of inner peace. Throughout his remarkable life, author John. E. Coleman explored a wide breadth of spiritual paths, from Thai Buddhism to Zen to Quakerism. Ultimately, he found the greatest success with vipassana, a type of meditation he later imparted to his own students.

Wer The Quiet Mind lesen sollte

  • The spiritually open-minded
  • Those looking to understand the differences among several Eastern philosophies
  • Admirers of D. T. Suzuki, Jiddu Krishnamurti, and U Ba Khin

Buddhism Bücher: The Power of Ritual von Casper ter Kuile

The Power of Ritual

Casper ter Kuile
Turning Everyday Activities into Soulful Practices
4.4 (129 Rezensionen)
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Worum geht's in The Power of Ritual?

The Power of Ritual (2020) is a guide to finding spiritual fulfillment, and even transcendence, in a secular life. Divinity scholar Casper ter Kuile convincingly argues that it’s possible to turn away from institutionalized religion while still preserving the sacred practices that build community, give space for reflection, and welcome in joy.

Wer The Power of Ritual lesen sollte

  • Atheists and agnostics who want to reclaim their spiritual side;
  • Believers and ex-believers who’ve been disappointed by their religious institutions;
  • Anyone who feels isolated and disconnected from the world around them.

Buddhism Bücher: Lovingkindness von Sharon Salzberg


Sharon Salzberg
The Revolutionary Art of Happiness
4.8 (426 Rezensionen)
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Worum geht's in Lovingkindness?

Lovingkindness (1995) is a gentle guide to uncovering the profound meanings of love and happiness. With psychological insights and actionable meditations, it shows us how the Buddhist path to pursuing a liberated heart can help each of us tap into our inner radiant joy – allowing us to be kinder to ourselves and to others. 

Wer Lovingkindness lesen sollte

  • People who want to be kinder to themselves and others
  • Stressed individuals seeking to cultivate inner peace
  • Curious minds interested in exploring the tenets of Buddhism

Buddhism Bücher: Falling into Grace von Adyashanti

Falling into Grace

Insights on the End of Suffering
4.3 (50 Rezensionen)
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Worum geht's in Falling into Grace?

Falling into Grace (2011) explores why humans suffer and shares the ways in which it is possible to let go of existential struggle. Using profound spiritual insights, it shows that the way we mentally interpret the world lies at the root of most human problems, and that another way of viewing the world is possible – one that is rich and free of suffering. 

Wer Falling into Grace lesen sollte

  • Seekers hoping for spiritual growth
  • People interested in Buddhist philosophies
  • Those who want to overcome suffering in their lives

Buddhism Bücher: Sovereign Self von Acharya Shunya

Sovereign Self

Acharya Shunya
Claim Your Inner Joy and Freedom with the Empowering Wisdom of the Vedas, Upanishads, and Bhagavad Gita
4.8 (414 Rezensionen)
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Worum geht's in Sovereign Self?

Sovereign Self (2020) explores the Vedas. Revealed over 5,000 years ago, these texts are a cornerstone of Hinduism, Buddhism, and countless other religious traditions in the Indian subcontinent. Packed with spiritual insights, the Vedas revolve around a single central question: How to live in accordance with the true nature of reality? As you’ll discover in these blinks, the answer begins by discovering your own, true self. 

Wer Sovereign Self lesen sollte

  • Spiritual seekers
  • Open-minded atheists 
  • Self-improvers looking for new ideas

Buddhism Bücher: The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching von Thich Nhat Hanh

The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching

Thich Nhat Hanh
Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy and Liberation
4.6 (372 Rezensionen)
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Worum geht's in The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching?

The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching (1998) explains core Buddhist teachings, including the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path. It shows how to apply these practices to daily life to transform suffering into joy and heal the pain of others.

Wer The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching lesen sollte

  • People who are suffering
  • Those wishing to adopt Buddhist practices
  • Anyone who wishes to lead a more joyful life

Buddhism Bücher: The Art of Living von William Hart

The Art of Living

William Hart
Vipassana Meditation as Taught by S. N. Goenka
4.7 (393 Rezensionen)
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Worum geht's in The Art of Living?

The Art of Living (1987) details the Vipassanā meditation principles set out by the famed Burmese-Indian teacher S. N. Goenka. As well as describing the techniques of Vipassanā meditation, it delves into the deeper philosophy of Buddhism.

Wer The Art of Living lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in meditation
  • Those seeking relief from anxiety, stress, and suffering
  • People curious about Buddhist thinking

Buddhism Bücher: Living Buddha, Living Christ von Thich Nhat Hanh

Living Buddha, Living Christ

Thich Nhat Hanh
Explore the common ground of Christianity and Buddhism
4.2 (255 Rezensionen)
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Worum geht's in Living Buddha, Living Christ?

Living Buddha, Living Christ (1995) is a meditation on the surprising intersections between Buddhism and Christianity. This thoughtful text shows the common ground shared by two of the world’s most influential spiritual leaders.

Wer Living Buddha, Living Christ lesen sollte

  • Christians seeking a new perspective on Christ
  • Buddhists looking to enrich their practice
  • Anyone wanting to cultivate a deeper spiritual life

Buddhism Bücher: Bittersweet von Susan Cain


Susan Cain
How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole
4.7 (334 Rezensionen)
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Worum geht's in Bittersweet?

Bittersweet (2022) is a profound meditation on an often overlooked emotional experience – the bittersweet. It argues that opening up to the bittersweet, where pain and joy mingle, allows us to experience life to the fullest. It also shows how vulnerability can be a strength, longing can be a guide, and sorrow can set us on the path to joy and fulfillment. 

Wer Bittersweet lesen sollte

  • Anyone who finds pleasure in sad songs and tear-jerker movies
  • People who’ve experienced loss or trauma and want to find a way back to joy
  • Lovers of the ephemeral, the impermanent, and the fleeting

Buddhism Bücher: The Dharma in DNA von Dee Denver

The Dharma in DNA

Dee Denver
Insights at the Intersection of Biology and Buddhism
4.2 (286 Rezensionen)
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Worum geht's in The Dharma in DNA?

The Dharma in DNA (2022) explores the intersections between Buddhist philosophy and biology. At first glance, these two traditions couldn’t be more different. One is spiritual; the other empirical. But there are overlaps. Both traditions are attempts to discover meaning, for one. But there’s more to it than that: both the teachings of the Buddha and the findings of biologists appear to converge on a similar understanding of what it means to be human.

Wer The Dharma in DNA lesen sollte

  • Open-minded rationalists and skeptics
  • Thinkers who love big ideas
  • Spiritualists interested in science

Buddhism Bücher: Lighter von Yung Pueblo


Yung Pueblo
Let Go of the Past, Connect with the Present, and Expand the Future
4.6 (502 Rezensionen)
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Worum geht's in Lighter?

Lighter (2022) guides anyone seeking self-improvement through the process of releasing the past and taking power over the future. It’s a combination of wisdom and proverbs as well as a practical guide for doing the inner work of self-healing.

Wer Lighter lesen sollte

  • Self-improvement seekers
  • Buddhism buffs
  • Anyone who needs to heal from the past

Buddhism Bücher: The Earned Life von Marshall Goldsmith

The Earned Life

Marshall Goldsmith
Lose Regret, Choose Fulfillment
4.4 (468 Rezensionen)
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Worum geht's in The Earned Life?

The Earned Life (2022) poses a simple yet profound question: Why does a life of constant achievement often leave us feeling empty? The answer can be found in ancient Buddhist wisdom: it’s not meeting ambitious goals but rather working on meaningful goals that really brings fulfillment and happiness. 

Wer The Earned Life lesen sollte

  • High achievers who feel like something’s missing 
  • Anyone interested in personal improvement 
  • Secular-minded folks interested in spirituality

Buddhism Bücher: The Book of Five Rings von Miyamoto Musashi

The Book of Five Rings

Miyamoto Musashi
A Classic Text on the Japanese Way of the Sword
4.6 (380 Rezensionen)
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Worum geht's in The Book of Five Rings?

The Book of Five Rings (1643) is one of the most insightful texts to have ever been written about the nature of confrontation. Penned by a wandering samurai in seventeenth-century Japan, it’s a timeless study of the mindset of the warrior – literal and figurative.

Wer The Book of Five Rings lesen sollte

  • Martial artists
  • Strategists  
  • Leaders

Buddhism Bücher: Real Life von Sharon Salzberg

Real Life

Sharon Salzberg
The Journey from Isolation to Openness and Freedom
4.5 (38 Rezensionen)
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Worum geht's in Real Life?

Real Life (2023) is a guide to navigating life’s seasons with clarity and connection. While we all feel small and disconnected at times, we don’t have to remain stuck there. Drawing on a variety of voices, Real Life shares the possibility of a more expansive and aligned experience – even in the face of some of life’s most formidable challenges.

Wer Real Life lesen sollte

  • Anyone struggling with loneliness, grief, or trauma 
  • Individuals wanting to embrace greater freedom and joy
  • Longtime meditators seeking to deepen their practice

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What's the best Buddhism book to read?

While choosing just one book about a topic is always tough, many people regard The Varieties of Religious Experience as the ultimate read on Buddhism.

What are the Top 10 Buddhism books?

Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James
  • Buddhism – Plain and Simple by Steve Hagen
  • The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
  • Thoughts Without a Thinker by Mark Epstein
  • The Wisdom of Life by Arthur Schopenhauer
  • The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma
  • The Distraction Addiction by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
  • Ikigai by Hector Garcia Puigcerver and Francesc Miralles
  • The Fear Factor by Abigail Marsh
  • How to Love by Thich Nhat Hanh

Who are the top Buddhism book authors?

When it comes to Buddhism, these are the authors who stand out as some of the most influential:
  • William James
  • Steve Hagen
  • Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
  • Mark Epstein
  • Arthur Schopenhauer